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Tsunamis and the CRS

by | Dec 10, 2018 | ASFPM, News & Views

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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