LONG BEACH - In cooperation with the Washington State Emergency Management Program, the city of Long Beach will host a free disaster evacuation training session for representatives from emergency management, city and county government, local lodging establishments, community centers, vacation rental owners, hospitals and care facilities personnel on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Chautauqua Lodge.

The training, presented by Washington State Department of Natural Resources Chief Geologist Tim Walsh and Washington State Emergency Management Earthquake/Tsunami Program Assistant Brynne Walker, will start at 3 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours. Afterwards there will be time for a question and answer session.

Walsh will begin the presentation by explaining in great detail what causes tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, information which he will relate to the 2004 Sumatra event. He will also talk about some of the projects that he is working on for the state as a geologist and some of the warning signs of a tsunami.

Walker will train the hotels/motels personnel located in tsunami inundation zones and provide materials that will allow them to support community-based tsunami programs. This presentation will include practical advice on how to respond to disasters. Attendees will learn how to respond to any natural phenomena that may occur in their area, as well as obtain important information on how to prepare their businesses to be self sufficient for a minimum of three days while possibly having to provide shelter and guidance for their guests and employees.

Attendees will receive a disaster response guidebook, a NOAA weather radio (and training to operate it), tent cards, evacuation maps and map holder, pens, a DVD and other valuable lifesaving information.

Those planning on attending should R.S.V.P. by Feb. 5 to city of Long Beach Tourism and Events Coordinator Ragan Andrew at 642-4421 or (events@longbeachwa.gov).

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