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Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe Plans Tsunami Evacuation Tower

(TNS) — With a lot of hard work by the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, a vertical tsunami evacuation tower near Tokeland should be ready for “the big one” by the end of October 2020.

Shoalwater Bay emergency management director Lee Shipman said none of it would have been possible without a core group of driven individuals, particularly previous emergency managers like Dave Nelson and George Crawford.

“We wouldn’t have gotten the (grant) application done without their expertise,” said Shipman. “We are all passionate; we’re kind of like a tsunami evacuation tower gang.”

Nelson and Crawford were instrumental in forming the tribe’s emergency management plans. There are two tsunami warning sirens on the reservation; the one on the north end is named George, after Crawford; the one at the south end — off Blackberry Lane, next to where the evacuation tower will stand — is named Dave, after Nelson.