Oregon has received a $354,241 federal grant that will fund projects aimed at increasing the resilience of coastal communities.
Projects will include installing new tsunami signs and evacuation maps along on U.S. Highway 101, evacuation route enhancements, publishing tsunami data for the Columbia River and organizing outreach events, such as a coastal tsunami symposium in 2018. Regionally, grant dollars will also help develop digital wave arrival map layers for the North Coast.
Since 2009, Oregon has received $4.6 million in national tsunami hazard mitigation grants.
“Thanks to these grant funds, the entire Oregon Coast now has tsunami evacuation maps that are available as print evacuation brochures and through a web map,” Jonathan Allan, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries coastal geomorphologist and project lead, said in a statement. “Development of those maps was a crucial accomplishment in helping residents and visitors get to safety. And that’s just one example of many.”