Local & Regional
COOS BAY, Ore. - Sara Miller is prepared if a tsunami hits Oregon's South Coast.
"We have water for all the kids, for the baby, staple food and a battery operated radio and flashlights," she said.
Miller is one of the thousands of South Coast residents took part in a large-scale tsunami evacuation drill on Thursday.
"Last year when that big scare in Japan happened, I've been thinking about it pretty much ever since," she said.
"When we had the scare last year I remember grabbing the kids out of bed early in the morning and bringing them all down here" to the evacuation site, Miller said. "It's better to be overprepared than underprepared."
Lindsey Bishop, tsunami outreach coordinator for the Coos Bay region, said you have 15 minutes to get to higher ground.
"Without testing your route and where your route is, people will die," Bishop said. "So this drill will save lives.
"People need to consider three gallons of water per person per day," Bishop said, "and you need to obviously consider food and you also need to make it personal, do you have any medications that you can't survive without?"