Public Safety

Tsunami Preparedness Videography Contest Open for Students

Sign that reads Tsunami Hazard Zone advising people to move away from water
The 2011 Tsunami in Japan is a reminder to prepare for emergencies and know what to do in the event of a local tsuami.

Are you an aspiring high school student filmmaker with a creative eye and a passion for helping the community? If so, the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services has a fun contest opportunity this March with a tsunami preparedness theme.

The department is challenging students, either solo or in a team, to make a public service announcement video teaching people how to be ready for a tsunami or respond if one happens. The video judged to have the most effective message will be featured on the County News Center website and on the County’s social media channels during this year’s Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 25-29.

The contest is open to individual students, high school audio/visual clubs, video production and graphic design classes, Associated Student Body teams and more. Entries must consist of original material and be between 30 to 60 seconds long in an MP4 format. No violence, profanity or drug depictions. Students can use any style including animation, stop motion, graphics, or live-action to get the tsunami preparedness point across.

The video must be submitted by March 22. They will be judged by Office of Emergency Services staff, local and state emergency managers, the National Weather Service and county communications staff. A winner will be announced by March 28.

Will your video make a splash during Tsunami Preparedness Week?

For information on the contest and on tsunami preparedness, visit 2019 Tsunami Preparedness Week PSA Contest – Ready San Diego.

Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact