It’s a fun and educational stroll when the annual Yellow Brick Road Tsunami/Health Walk comes to the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation July 23.
There will be prizes, a free catered lunch and information that could quite literally one day save your life.
Registration runs from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Visitors sign up at the Shoalwater Bay Gym and get a route map and “rescue card.” As you stop at the informational booths that stretch through the reservation between the gym and the Shoalwater Bay Casino on Tokeland Road and alongside State Route 105, you can have a square stamped on your card. The cards can be turned back in at the gym for prizes.
The Yellow Brick Road event is designed to promote good health practices among the tribe’s members and others in the area. It’s put on by Shoalwater Bay Emergency Management and the tribe’s Wellness Center.
There will be booths hosted by the South Beach Regional Fire Authority, the State Department of Health, State Emergency Management, local police and the tribe’s education department. There will be valuable information on numerous topics including nutrition, diabetes, and behavioral health, among others.
Lunch is free for participants from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym, located at 2405 Elm Street in Tokeland.
Last year’s walk was a celebration of the announcement of a $2.2 million FEMA grant to build a vertical tsunami evacuation tower, near where the south tsunami warning siren stands. Shoalwater Bay’s Emergency Management Director Lee Shipman is hopeful construction on the tower can begin this fall, with project completion in October 2020. When complete, the tower will stand about 50 feet tall and hold nearly 500 people. According to Shipman, nobody would be turned away from the evacuation tower in the event of a tsunami.