Just as predicted, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, the Nehalem Bay region bore the impact of a rare tsunami. According to local experts in Wheeler, Nehalem, Manzanita, Neahkahnie and the surrounding area, a wave of this type has never been recorded prior to last weekend. Unlike other tsunamis that these small coastal communities prepare and routinely practice for, witnesses report their eagerness to see such an event happen again.

 Through coordinated radio communication, evacuees were monitored as they left their homes and until arrival at their neighborhood gathering sites. Those that were unable to leave their homes were also in contact and support was dispatched to their locations. After two hours, the event was over, and life went back to normal on this gray-sky, drizzly Saturday.

 In the aftermath, John Beaston of Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay reported, “This was a tsunami of the best kind because it delivered much needed support for our North County Food Bank. It allowed participants to practice what they have prepared for, should a real tsunami occur.” With 30 volunteers and over 100 donors participating, Beaston was both pleased and grateful for the outcomes.

 North County Food Bank board member, Dave Flemming and three volunteers were on hand to receive the 2,300 pounds of canned and packaged food and $3,225 collected during the 2-hour event. He summed it up with, “Words cannot express our gratitude for the generosity of our Nehalem Bay communities. The outstanding communication and organization demonstrated in this exercise speaks volumes for the training that the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay brings to our area and residents.”

 Will there be another food can tsunami in the future? Our local experts aren’t ready to predict another occurrence, but they do caution us to be prepared.

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