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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
945 AM PDT TUE OCT 14 2014

...THE GREAT SHAKEOUT AND TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST IS
THURSDAY...

ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 16 2014 BETWEEN 1015 AM AND 1020 AM PDT...THE
NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER (NTWC) AND THE NWS WEATHER FORECAST
OFFICE IN SEATTLE WASHINGTON WILL CONDUCT A TSUNAMI WARNING
COMMUNICATIONS TEST. THIS TEST IS IN SUPPORT OF THE GREAT WASHINGTON
SHAKEOUT DRILL WITH STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS -
PART OF THE GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS EFFORT.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WILL PRACTICE HOW TO DROP COVER AND
HOLD ON AT ABOUT 1016 AM PDT ON OCTOBER 16TH DURING THE GREAT
SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILLS. WASHINGTONIANS CAN JOIN THEM BY
REGISTERING FOR THE 2014 GREAT WASHINGTON SHAKEOUT. PARTICIPATION IS
A GREAT WAY FOR YOUR FAMILY OR ORGANIZATION TO BE BETTER PREPARED TO
SURVIVE AND RECOVER QUICKLY FROM BIG EARTHQUAKES. PRE-REGISTER AT
WWW.SHAKEOUT.ORG/WASHINGTON/

IN COASTAL AREAS...THE GREAT SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL WILL ALSO
INCLUDE THE TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST. THE TEST PURPOSE IS
TO EVALUATE COMMUNICATIONS FOR USE IN DISSEMINATION OF TSUNAMI
WARNINGS...WATCHES AND ADVISORIES.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES AROUND THE STATE WILL DISSEMINATE A
REQUIRED MONTHLY TEST (RMT) MESSAGE VIA NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND THE
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) TO HELP KICKOFF THE GREAT SHAKEOUT
DRILL. BROADCASTERS WILL CARRY THE TEST MESSAGE TO HELP REACH MUCH
OF THE STATES CITIZENS ALONG WITH THOSE WHO HAVE ALL-HAZARD WEATHER
RADIO RECEIVERS.

IN COASTAL AREAS...THE EAS MESSAGE WILL ALSO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION ABOUT THE TSUNAMI COMMUNICATIONS TEST. LOCAL OFFICIALS
IN THE OUTER COASTAL AREAS OF PACIFIC...GRAYS HARBOR...JEFFERSON AND
CLALLAM COUNTIES WILL ALSO TEST THE ALL-HAZARD ALERT BROADCAST OR
AHAB OUTDOOR SIREN SYSTEMS. A FOLLOW UP SERVICE EVALUATION WILL BE
CONDUCTED AS WELL USING WWW.WEATHER.GOV/TEST/

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...PLEASE CONTACT:

TED BUEHNER
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
PHONE: 206-526-6095
EMAIL: TED.BUEHNER@NOAA.GOV

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