In the unlikely event there is a tsunami, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management has completed a Tsunami Plan and completed a “table-top exercise,” according to Brad Baker, Director of Emergency Management for Santa Rosa County, in a memo addressed to the board of county commissioners.
Recent studies headed by the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Tsunami Hazzard Assessment Group in 2009 have shown that while the Gulf of Mexico tsunami threat is very minimal, there is a credible threat to the beaches of the western Florida Panhandle, primarily resulting from sea bed landslides. Potential tsunami sources in the Gulf of Mexico are local submarine landslides which have been examined by the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Tsunami Hazard Assessment Group.
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