SEASIDE - Deb Treusdell has jumped in with both feet to prepare Seaside in the event of a tsunami.

She says the new tagline for the tsunami preparedness program is, "Be informed. Be inspired. Be a good neighbor."

Treusdell began her work with the city of Seaside thanks to a grant given to the city. Her focus has been on making the tsunami program a self-sustaining entity so that when her last day of funding passes, the community will be able to continue her work.

To help the process of creating a self-sustaining, community based program, Treusdell has scheduled meetings to educate the public.

The next meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the Bob Chisholm Community Center in Seaside. Kevin Cupples, Seaside city planner, will discuss the funding of sirens and radios for Seaside. His presentation will be followed by Ed Hauer, Jr., who will discuss Amateur Radio Emergency Service and how they help in emergencies. There will also be group discussion.

"Even if you've lived in Seaside your whole life, things will be changing," said Treusdell.

Another crucial part of the meetings is the creation of an "interconnected coalition between businesses and private individuals." Treusdell's goal is to make the meetings a way of life in Seaside, to keep the public informed, even if she is not present to coordinate them.

Treusdell is often asked what people should put into an emergency pack and says they should be personalized to the needs of each individual.

"Some people can't afford a big expense and have to do it within their means," said Treusdell. She says others need to take into account medications or other special needs they have when considering putting together a pack.

Another part of the every household prepared ideal is the purchase of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios. These radios have been put on order, with the City of Seaside paying half of the purchase cost, and will be available for community members to pick up in about six weeks. The radios are designed to give information to residents about an upcoming event.

"We've given the radios out to 'civilians' to test in their homes," said Treusdell. The volunteers are testing the radios for reception and reliability. Hampering the testing process is the NOAA schedule for broadcast tests, which occur just once a week.

For more information about meeting dates, contact Treusdell at 503-738-5085 or via e-mail at (tsunamiprep@cityofseaside.us).

For suggestions about what to put in an emergency pack, visit the Red Cross Web site at (www.redcross.org)

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