The City of Seaside provides emergency supply caches in high ground areas throughout the city. The supplies are stored in preparation for a major evacuation resulting from a local subduction zone earthquake that could be followed by a tsunami or other major disaster. In 2013, with the help of state and federal grant funding and dedicated volunteers from the Tsunami Advisory Group and RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments), the City filled 119 supply barrels with medical supplies, water purification systems, emergency rations, tarps and radios. Each barrel has enough supplies to last 20 individuals for at least 3 days. They are stored in residents’ homes above the inundation zone, and will be placed on the curb in the event of a tsunami. In the summer of 2020, the city restocked the barrels with fresh food, water purification tablets, batteries and medical supplies.
Would you like to keep a Supply Barrel in your home? All barrels are currently distributed among local households, but the city keeps a waiting list for interested families, in case a barrel becomes available. If you live above the tsunami inundation zone and would like to host a barrel, contact Anne McBride via email. To determine if your home is above the tsunami inundation zone, enter your address into DOGAMI’s interactive map.
Notice: The city cannot guarantee in the event of a tsunami that individuals will receive aid through the barrel program. It is therefore important that individuals prepare their own evacuation kits. Please see our guide for preparing your own Go Bag.