Tsunami Road Show
Please join us for a thoughtful and engaging evening learning more of the science, probability and possible effects of a tsunami in or near Jefferson County.
Our speakers, renowned experts on the subject, have closely examined and studied the Pacific Northwest and the Olympic Peninsula specifically.
This year our topics include:
Tsunami Deposits: Some History of Tsunamis on Washington Coastlines
Carrie Garrison-Laney is the Tsunami and Coastal Resilience Liaison/Environmental Outreach Specialist at Washington Sea Grant, College of the Environment, University of Washington. Carrie's expertise is in the identification and characterization of tsunami deposits, tsunami modeling, scientific communication, and scientific education. Her research has included identifying and dating paleotsunami deposits in California and Washington, numerical modeling of tsunamis, and using intertidal diatom (microscopic algae) ecology to study past tsunami inundation events and sea level change. She also taught students in middle school through graduate level about tsunami deposits and earthquake hazards. Carrie earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in 2017; a M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering (University of Washington) in 2012; a M.S. in Environmental Systems (Humboldt State University) in 1998; and a B.S. in Geosciences (San Francisco State University) in 1993.
Tsunami Innundation, Arrival Times & Our Area
Daniel Eungard is a licensed geologist who has worked at the Washington Geological Survey for 5 years. Utilizing his skills both as a geologist and GIS analyst, he manages the data, creates map products, and authored or co-authored publications related to tsunami inundation and pedestrian evacuation models. Additionally, he serves as the data manager for the Survey's geotechnical document repository and subsurface database. Daniel received a Bachelor' and Master's Degrees in Geology from Eastern Illinois University and Oregon State University respectively.
Local vs Distant Tsunamis: Evacuation & Preparedness
Maximilian Dixon is the Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State Military Department's Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Programs and is responsible for coordinating the seismic and associated hazard risk reduction efforts between federal, state, tribal, and local partners. He Chairs the Washington ShakeAlert Communications, Education and Outreach Committee, Chairs the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Tsunami Committee, is Vice President of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), and is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Coordinating Committee. Maximilian received his Bachelor's degree and two Master's Degrees from the University of Washington.
Tsunami Alerts & What They Mean
Keily Yemm is the Tsunami Program Coordinator for the Washington State Military Department's Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). Her work focuses on mitigating the impact of Washington's tsunami hazards through public education, community response planning, accurate hazard assessment, and an informed warning process. Through an annual NOAA/NWS Tsunami Activity Grant, Keily coordinates a wide variety of projects that include AHAB siren installation and maintenance, tsunami inundation and evacuation modeling and mapping, support for TsunamiReady community status, and development of vertical evacuation structure best practices. She has been integral to the success of the Great Washington Shakeout and the corresponding tsunami evacuation drills. Keily earned her Bachelor's Degree from University of Maryland University College, and has begun work on a Master's Degree in Emergency Management. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.