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Tsunami Ready in Brief

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Tsunami Ready is an international performance-based community recognition pilot programme being rolled out under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO/IOC).  Based on a comprehensive set of guidelines, this sustainable programme seeks to ensure that recognised communities possess the necessary tools, operational procedures, knowledge and skills to effectively take the necessary response actions in the event of a tsunami threat to save lives and property.

CTIC Interim Director (ai) Alison Brome and Honduran Officials at a school drill on 03 August, 2017 as part of the Tsunami Ready nomination process for Omoa, Honduras

Recognised communities are required to be renewed every four (4) years and must demonstrate adequate maintenance of their system.  The experiences of recent worldwide tsunamis - Japan (2011) and Chile (2014 and 2015), attest to the importance of readiness: when a tsunami arrives and communities are ready to respond, lives are saved. The UNESCO/IOC-led Tsunami Ready initiative is modeled after the successful TsunamiReady® Program of the US National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Through the mechanism of the Working Group on Tsunamis and Other Hazards Related to Sea-Level Warning and Mitigation Systems (TOWS-WG) the UNESCO/IOC Programme is under consideration globally at various levels throughout UNESCO/IOC’s four (4) Intergovernmental Coordination Groups - the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, Indian Ocean, North Eastern Atlantic Mediterranean and Connected Seas, and the Pacific.

Coastal communities recognised as Tsunami Ready are better prepared to save lives through improved hazard assessment and planning, strengthened standard operating procedures and protocols, and enhanced education and awareness.

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