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” (WTAD)tomorrow, November 5, 2019, 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.
This year, WTAD promotes one of the targets of the “Sendei Seven Campaign,” which focuses on reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services. Over 700 million people worldwide live in low-lying coastal areas and islands exposed to extreme sea-level events including tsunamis. Investing in resilient infrastructure, early warning systems, and education is critical to saving people and protecting their assets against tsunami risk in the future.
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 on Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, GHS/OCD encourages the community to 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 document your WTAD activities by using the following hashtags on social media: #TsunamiDay and #BuildToLast.
Visit the following links for more information on how to prepare for tsunamis:
- The Sendei Seven Campaign – 7 Targets, 7 Years: www.preventionweb.net/files/ 54917_iddr2017 conceptnote.pdf
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Tsunami Specialist, Denille Calvo at (671) 475-9600 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at email@example.com.