Organizers distributed packets to residents all over Florence, but mainly those in the inundation zone, which is the part of town closest to the water that’s most likely to be affected if a tsunami were to hit. Florence’s inundation zone includes right around 1,000 people, which is a small portion compared to other coastal cities.
“Florence is lucky in that only 11 percent of the population is in the inundation zone, but the farther down the coast you go, there’s more and more and more,” said CERT volunteer Nancy Fullmer.
But of those hundreds of residents only about 50 participated. It’s not what organizers were hoping for, but those who did come out took it seriously.
“Our bags were already packed. We had one by the door, which I took and he took the other,” said Debbie Lobey.
And for those who participated in Thursday’s drill, they’re even more in tune with their tsunami strategy or maybe what tweaks need to be made.
Though participation wasn’t at where organizers were hoping it would be, it still provided the opportunity to identify the kinks in their system and work on those for the next drill.