ARCATA RESIDENTS RESPOND WELL TO TSUNAMI THREAT
ARCATA – On March 11, 2011 in the early morning hours, staff from the City of Arcata including police, public works and environmental services, evacuated several hundred residents within the tsunami inundation zones in the city.
City staff was assisted by Humboldt State University Police Officers and Arcata Fire District Firefighters in the evacuation of the residential areas south of Samoa Boulevard, which included several apartment complexes and a senior residential complex. The city opened the D Street Neighborhood Center as an evacuation point for those residents temporarily displaced from their homes.
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said, "I would like to express my deep appreciation to the citizens of Arcata who reacted quickly and seriously to the tsunami threat. The public's response made the difficult job for city workers and public safety personnel more manageable."