Emergency and Risk Management

Administration of the TsunamiReady Program

Oversight of the TsunamiReady program is accomplished within the NWS by the National StormReady Board (The Board). The Board is responsible for changes in community recognition guidelines. Proposed guideline changes shall be directed to the Board for action. The Board consists of the NWS Regional Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) Program Leaders, the National WCM Program Manager, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative, a National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) representative, and an International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) representative.

 

Oversight of the TsunamiReady program at the local level is provided by the appropriate Local StormReady board. The Local StormReady board has the authority to enhance TsunamiReady to fit regional situations. At a minimum, this board consists of:

  • NWS Weather Forecast Office's Meteorologist-in-Charge
  • NWS Weather Forecast Office's Warning Coordination Meteorologist
  • State emergency service director or designee
  • Local emergency management association president or designee
  • Tsunami Warning Center's Geophysicist-in-Charge
  • Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program representative

The Local StormReady Board is responsible for all steps leading to the recognition of the TsunamiReady community. This includes implementing procedures for site verification visits and application review.

Benefits of the TsunamiReady Program

 

The following benefits of participation in the TsunamiReady Community program include:

  • The community is more prepared for the tsunami hazard
  • Regularly scheduled education forums increase public awareness of existing dangers
  • Contact with experts (emergency managers, researchers, NWS personnel) is increased and likewise, enhanced
  • Community readiness resource needs are identified
  • Positioning to receive State and Federal funds is improved
  • Core infrastructure to support other community concerns is enhanced
  • The public is allowed the opportunity to see first-hand how their tax money is being spent in hazard programs

Conclusion

 

Through the TsunamiReady program, NOAA’s National Weather Service gives communities the skills and education needed to survive a tsunami before, during and after the event. TsunamiReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local tsunami operations.  TsunamiReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of a tsunami through better planning, education and awareness. Communities have fewer fatalities and property damage if they plan before a tsunami arrives. No community is tsunami proof, but TsunamiReady can help communities save lives.

 

References:

 

FEMA. 2004. Fact Sheet: Tsunamis. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1104/111804h1.htm

 

Folger, Tim.  1994. “Waves of Destruction.” Discover Magazine. May. Pp. 69-70.

 

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). N/D. The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Brochure. http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/tsunamiready/trbrochure.pdf

 

NTHMP (National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program).  2003. Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tsunami-hazard/tsunami_faqs.htm

 

NWS. N/D. TsunamiReady; The Readiness Challenge. http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/tsunamiready/tsunami_ready_full_document.pdf 

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