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Tsunami Zone? We’ve Got an App for That… February 13, 2019

A redesigned, free smartphone app showing Pacific Northwest tsunami evacuation zones is available from the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) in partnership with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) Tsunami Evacuation smartphone app provides an at-a-glance view of tsunami hazard zones along the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Users can locate their current location on the map to see if they are in a tsunami evacuation zone, plan their own evacuation routes, download published evacuation brochures for the region and, now, print and save customized evacuation brochures centered on an area of interest.

"This app is great for homeowners on the coast as well as visitors who are planning trips," says Jon Allan, DOGAMI coastal scientist and one of the app developers. "Knowing where you are in the tsunami zone means you will be better prepared should a tsunami occur. You can bookmark places and save or print a unique evacuation map centered on your home, workplace, hotel or even campsite. Users can then determine their nearest point of high ground outside the evacuation zone and develop a plan for how to get there."

The free NVS Tsunami Evacuation app is available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play:

• iPhone
• Android