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 Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

As part of the initiative, GHS/OCD and the National Weather Service (NWS) – Guam Weather Forecast Office (WFO) will distribute National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios to various organizations to include some private, non-profit organizations, private school, and private sector partners. This is in connection to the same initiative from previous years where government of Guam agencies, Guam Department of Education schools, respective village Mayor’s offices, and other federal and military partners were provided the same radios. 

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 Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 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 GHS/OCD Tsunami Specialist, Denille Calvo at (671) 475-9600 or via email at

For media inquiries, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at



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