Multiple events and tests are being conducted at Humboldt State University starting Monday for the California Tsunami Preparedness week, including a campus-wide test of its Emergency Alert Systems on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Notification systems — including “Test Today” signs placed prominently around campus, an alert text indicating the test is underway for those who have registered their mobile phone numbers with the HSU Alert system, an email notification for all those with an active HSU email address, updated test information on KHSU 90.5 FM and through the campus information hotline (707-826-INFO), HSU’s website homepage and the HSU Emergency Conditions website, and emergency messages that disappear after clicking the “acknowledge” button on all campus-owned laptops and desktop computers — will be part of the test.
HSU asks its members to ensure their phone numbers registered with the HSU Alert text messaging system are current and to review emergency contact information on myHumboldt. Information can be updated at any time by logging into myHumboldt and clicking on the Emergency Contacts tab of the My Profile pagelet.
New users can register for HSU Alert free of charge, though their service provider may charge for text messages. Only registered numbers can be used to deliver emergency campus conditions updates.
In addition, the school encourages the community to be aware of warning signs. An earthquake that lasts a long time, 30 seconds or longer, is nature’s warning that a tsunami may be on its way. If you are in a tsunami zone, don’t wait — evacuate as soon as you can move safely on foot as it is unsafe to drive.
Tsunami preparedness tips
- Know your zone: Look for “Entering and Leaving Tsunami Zone” signs posted on most Humboldt County coastal roads;
- Stay away from the coast — the tsunami danger period always lasts many hours and sometimes for several days;
- Don’t return to the coast until officials tell you it is safe to do so.
- California’s 2019 Tsunami Preparedness Week website: https://www.tsunamizone.org/california/;
- Tsunami evacuation maps: https://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/Pages/Tsunami/Maps/Humboldt.aspx;
- Tsunami FAQ: https://tsunami.gov/?page=tsunamiFAQ.