Community Invited to Participate in World Tsunami Awareness Day

Community Invited to Participate in World Tsunami Awareness Day

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), following a worldwide initiative through the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), invite the community to celebrate “World Tsunami Awareness Day” on Monday, November 5, 2018.

As part of the initiative, GHS/OCD will distribute National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Alert Radios to various agencies to include but not limited to; schools, government of Guam agencies, village Mayors’ offices, military partners, and some private, and non-profit agencies, in accordance with the National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office. 

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed November 5, 2018 as World Tsunami Awareness Day to promote a global culture of tsunami awareness. Tsunamis are rare but can affect many people, especially those living in coastal communities across multiple countries. Awareness, education, early warning systems, and detection can save lives.

On Monday, November 5, 2018, GHS/OCD encourages the community to build their general understanding about how and where to evacuate before a wave strikes. By recognizing the evacuation areas across the island, residents can build a more resilient community. Use Tsunami Awareness Day to have discussions with family and friends about how to prepare for a tsunami, recognize the Tsunami Evacuation Route signs and Safe Assembly Area signs in your area and visit the following links for more information on how to prepare for tsunamis:
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at




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