I am so excited to learn that our fair city, albeit our “drunken city”, has been certified as “tsunami prepared.” I knew those signs going up on Newport Avenue meant something. I just wasn’t sure what it meant. According to Channel 6 News (CW)
“Thursday morning Mayor Sanders accepted a letter of recognition on behalf of the city from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, which has certified San Diego’s tsunami and storm preparedness. San Diego is the largest city in the nation to receive this tsunami certification.”
Don’t you feel much better knowing that when – and if – a tsunami comes ashore we are prepared for it? Let’s see – what should I do first?
Well, I guess I had better get down to Newport Ave. and follow the evacuation plan. But wait – I may not be able to get to Newport because of all the water coming over the pier. So what do I do next? Where do I go? How far inland do I have to go? How much time do I have? Is Santa Barbara Street far enough? Should I go over the hill and down the hill to San Diego Bay. Will the tsunami hit the Bay too? Should I bring a snorkel and goggles.
Come on, folks. What in the hell does it mean to be “tsunami prepared”? I can understand the “Craft-Beer Month”, but don’t the residents of San Diego need to know what to do if a tsunami hits? How proud the Mayor was in accepting this certification. To me – it’s another boondoggle.