VTA Sheriff OES Tsunami Info

Here’s some info for y’all in Ventura County

The Sheriff’s OES continues to participate in daily conference calls with CalEMA regarding the State’s response to the events following the 9.0 Honshu EQ in Japan. Here are the highlights from today’s discussion.

While reports of a “jet stream plume” containing radiological materials is being propagated in the media, it is important to understand that these are just models of common weather patterns with a “what if” scenario of radiologic materials getting up in to the jet stream according to the NRC and the EPA. However, there have been no detections of radiological materials reaching these altitudes, and there is no reason to believe that they would reach these altitudes. If there are any questions about this situation please refer calls to the California information phone line at 916-341-3947.

Also, radiological monitoring is being conducted throughout the Pacific at airports and shipping ports. The CDC is serving as the lead agency for any passengers arriving at LAX who may be demonstrating signs of radiation illness.

If the situation in Japan were to pose any threat to California, the State has multiple plans in place for radiological emergency response and management. It is important to note that Potassium Iodide (KI) is NOT being currently issued by any agency in this County. It is important to understand that, according to federal officials, there is no current threat of radiological contamination and no need for any treatment for exposure. The Department Of Energy has stated that modeling continues to show that levels of radiation are significantly below the threshold necessary for personal protective actions or personal health threat. Radiation monitors have been placed throughout the Pacific to maintain early threat detection and any change in the current analysis will be addressed.

San Bernardino is preparing to implement repatriation plans for Japanese residents who may be seeking refuge in California.

The Emergency Planning Council will be convening a special meeting on Monday, March 21 at 8 am to discuss the County’s public information plans and future actions.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will continue to monitor the federal and state recommendations and advise accordingly as the situation in Japan continues to progress. The most recent press release from the Ventura County Public Health Agency remains in effect and can be found on the County of Ventura website at http://countyofventura.org under the Disaster Information link.

As a member of the Ventura County Operational Area Emergency Planning Council (EPC), we ask that you all do your part to share this information with your employees and your professional associations and communicate the importance of preparedness.

Thank you

“March is Tsunami Preparedness Month” Learn more at:
Laura D. Hernandez
Ventura County Sheriff’s
Office of Emergency Services
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-2552 Office
(805) 648-9258 FAX

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