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A local earthquake may generate tsunami waves that can reach shore in minutes. If you are on the beach or other low-lying area close to the ocean or bay, immediately evacuate by walking to higher ground.

  • Officials issue a tsunami warning and order evacuations; 
  • You hear the Outdoor Warning System and it's not a test day.
  • The earth shakes so much that you can’t stand;
  • Shaking lasts longer than 20 seconds; and/or
  • You notice water receding from the shoreline.

  Emergency Planning is vital to all the residents of San Luis Obispo County. Below you will find helpful information about what to do in an emergency; check lists to prepare your family for a large emergency event; and maps to route your safe evacuation. 

Map Links

Is my house in danger?

San Luis Obispo County Tsunami Pre-Planning Maps

Google Earth California Tsunami Layer    

Emergency Information Websites

San Luis Obispo Co. Fire / CAL FIRE Current Press Release

SLO County Current Emergency Information

National Weather Service USGS  (Earthquake Information)
California Highway Patrol The Tribune
Caltrans Road Information KSBY
CAL FIRE American Red Cross SLO Chapter


  Planning Tools

       SLO County Planning Checklist

       CAL FIRE Evacuation Checklist

       FEMA Disaster Planning Checklist  

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