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Tsunamis and the CRS
Monday, December 10, 2018

Two New Fact Sheets

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami warning that hit Anchorage, Alaska Nov. 30 was a critical reminder that natural disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. Luckily, there was no tsunami, but it’s a good time to make sure your community is prepared. And if your community participates in the Community Rating System, it could earn additional credits.

The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, in cooperation with the CRS, produced two new fact sheets that explain the relationship between the CRS and tsunami programs. “Tsunami Preparedness & the Community Rating System” combines a brief overview of the risks posed by tsunamis with a capsulized explanation of the ways in which communities can address those risks by employing techniques credited under the CRS. It notes that tsunami-related credit points are available under 11 activities of the CRS, including one or more under each series: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reduction, and warning and response. It ends with a call for local-level emergency managers—who currently handle tsunami hazard in most communities—to engage with the local floodplain management program to address tsunami risk in a comprehensive fashion while also improving the community’s CRS rating.

Tsunami Outreach & the Community Rating System” emphasizes the importance of public information programs in changing people’s behavior and thus saving lives and minimizing property damage in the face of tsunami hazards. The fact sheet describes the CRS credit available for outreach projects about tsunami risk (Activity 330), a map information service that supplies tsunami hazard information (Activity 320), disclosure of the tsunami hazard (Activity 340), and making tsunami protection information publicly available. It also describes the public information benefits of the CRS-creditable TsunamiReady program administered by NOAA. The NTHMP includes NOAA, FEMA, USGS and 28 U.S. states and territories. It works to protect lives and reduce economic losses from tsunamis by ensuring consistency and integration of federal and state programs for tsunami hazard assessment, warning guidance.

Portions of this article were reprinted, with permission, from the Aug/Sept 2018 edition of NFIP/CRS Update.






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