Local-born Talmadge Magno, our Hawai'i County Civil Defense Director, attended our last Rotary Club meeting to talk about disaster readiness.  This was a joint presentation along with  Marlene Murray (from the Pacific Tsunami Center) as part of a presentation for Tsunami Awareness Month.  Magno talked briefly about the many different programs that come under his supervision: nuclear missle alert, hurricane preparedness, lava flow, earthquake and tsunami's just to name a few.  Hawaii Island is susceptible to more potential natural disasters than any other location in the United States.
Tsunami readiness means being alert to weather conditions, civil defense annoucements and alerts and accurate news and social media updates.  Magno noted that tsunami evacuation usually dictates that you be a least a half mile from the shoreline and at 100 feet elevation or more.