Seaside, Oregon & Tsunami Safety Organizations

Visitors staying in hotels in Seaside, Oregon, may find more information about tsunami safety and preparedness than they ever thought they’d need, conveniently (?) located on the paper sleeve in which their key cards are provided. The city’s new tsunami awareness group is providing the key holders free of charge to all hotels, but not everyone is on board.

“Welcome to Seaside, Try to Not Die”

Use of the informational key sleeves is completely optional, and many hotels have balked. Though the chances of a tsunami striking Seaside are slim, it’s always good to be prepared—just look at what happens when an inch of snow falls in Texas. However, guests likely don’t want to be reminded that they just might get killed by a natural disaster while on vacation, no matter how unlikely.


“It’s kind of a catch-22,” said Hi-Tide Resort manager Debra Hudson. While she believes the key holders are effective in increasing tsunami awareness, no one has actually voice appreciation for them, and some hotel patrons reportedly gasp upon seeing the warnings.

Some hotels have declined to use the key holders because they already have evacuation plans in place and information available. Others have incorporated the key sleeves into their existing tsunami awareness information. Still others must decline due to corporate policies.

Drop, Cover, Hold On, Hightail It

Survival instructions on the key holders advise a drop, cover, and hold on tactic during an earthquake, followed by immediate evacuation inland until an official “all clear” has been issued. The tsunami awareness project was financed through state funds at a cost of roughly $5,000, as part of an effort to inform visitors of tsunami risks.

The state of Oregon also provides a number of earthquake and tsunami safety materials for hotels, including printed media, posters, tabletop printouts, and an informative video that can be played on in-room TV sets and which has been watched exactly zero times by sober viewers.

April is Oregon Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month.

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