Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Tsunami Warning Systems Test
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Tsunami Warning Systems Test
When: Date: March 28, 2012 Time: 11:00 am - noon
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Written by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
Synopsis: On Monday March 12, 2012, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the week of March 25-31, 2012 as Tsunami Preparedness Week. This proclamation was made one year and one day after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan (March 11, 2011) where thousands of Japanese citizens lost their lives, are still listed as missing, or were seriously injured in either the earthquake or the tsunami that followed.

The Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with the Counties of Humboldt and Del Norte, the National Weather Service, and the California Emergency Management Agency has scheduled a Tsunami Warning System Test on March 28, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The 2011 annual Tsunami Warning System Test for the Northern California Coast was cancelled due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

If you are watching television between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Wednesday March 28, 2012, expect to see a crawler at the bottom of the screen indicating that a tsunami warning has been issued and hear a voice indicating that it is only a test. If you donít hear the TV audio, please remember that this is only a test. If you are listening to the radio you will hear alerting tones followed by a voice announcing that the test is occurring. If you have a NOAA weather radio with the Public Alert feature the radio will automatically turn on and you will hear the same message as broadcast on radios.

If there is a real earthquake in the Pacific Ocean that has the potential to generate a tsunami for our coastline the test will be cancelled. For more information on how to survive an earthquake or prepare for a tsunami please visit the following website:

For questions, please contact the Office of Emergency Services at (707)463-5667 or e-mail Sergeant Shannon Barney at

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Approved By: Executive Coordinator Liz Evangelatos