Evacuation planning and preparedness : a case study of Seabrook, Washington State

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Saunders, W.S.A.; Johnston, D.M.; Leonard, G.S.; Becker, J.S. 2011 Evacuation planning and preparedness : a case study of Seabrook, Washington State Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2010/62 12 p.

Abstract: This report outlines the level of preparedness within the Seabrook community on the Washington State coast for a natural hazard event; and the associated preparedness for being a designated tsunami evacuation assembly point. The report is based on findings from a visit to Seabrook in early 2010 by the authors, where they stayed for a weekend and discussed the Seabrook philosophy with the marketing office (where the original developers of the concept also work), visitors, and residents from the nearby Pacific Beach community. In particular, specific information within this paper was provided from an interview with the marketing staff at Seabrook, who also live within the community. Established in 2004 as a family venture, Seabrook is a 350 acre beach town which once completed, will incorporate around 800 homes on a wooded bluff above a mile long stretch of beach. A pedestrian-friendly, new urbanist community, the town is organised around a town centre, with plans for shops, a grocery store, swimming pool, parks, an outdoor amphitheatre, wooded trails, a beach front promenade, and a bistro. Seabrook appears to have a good level of individual and community preparedness; however, further research is required to qualify this. Although highlighted as a tsunami evacuation assembly point, planning has not yet been undertaken between the authorities and Seabrook to manage this. An opportunity exists to develop (with Seabrook) a strategy to remedy this situation. (auth)