Find tsunami debris on the Oregon coast? Call 211

Find tsunami debris on the Oregon coast? Call 211
Bobby Custard, of Phoenix, Ariz., in orange, watches as his children Jillian, left, 6, and Tyler, 4, investigate the aquatic life growing on the base of the fishing bin that washed up on Sunset Beach in Warrenton, Ore. on Monday, June 11, 2012. Custard was also joined on the beach by his girlfriend Sarah Neverdal, top right, of Butte, Mont., and his mother Betsy Custard, of Prescott, Ariz. The bin, with Japanese writing on it, is believed to be among the debris washing up following the March 2011 tsunami. (AP Photo/The Daily Astorian, Alex Pajunas)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Residents and tourists on the Oregon coast will soon have a quick and easy way to report debris from the Japanese tsunami.

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Thursday that people will be able to call 211 to report tsunami debris.

Beginning Friday, the hotline will be staffed during business hours and will take recorded messages at other times.

The governor said General Mike Caldwell will be responsible for coordinating the response and cleanup efforts among state agencies.

Caldwell is interim director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Caldwell says it's important to the promptly pick up tsunami debris large and small to keep beaches clean and prevent the introduction of invasive species.

Kitzhaber says Oregon will work with other Pacific Coast states to request money from the federal government.

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