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ITIC / Univ of Hawaii National Tsunami Training Program DevelopmentLaura KongDirector, ITIC

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To enhance the preparedness of federal, state, local, and tribal emergency responders/first receivers and teams, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to reduce the Nation’s vulnerability to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and all-hazard high-consequence events by developing, delivering and assessing plans, training, technical assistance and exercises.

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  • Established in 1998 by Congressional Mandate (House Conference Report [H.R.2267]).

  • Reconfirmed in Public Law 107-273 in 2001.

  • Membership based on the urgent need to address the serious counterterrorism preparedness needs of our nation’s emergency responders within the context of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive (Weapons of Mass Destruction [WMD]) hazards.

  • Expanded to address catastrophic all-hazards events.

  • Re-authorized in Homeland Security Legislation January 2007 in HR-1 through FY 2011 and two new members were added to Consortium (TTCI and UH).

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National Domestic Preparedness Consortium Development



(Pueblo, Co)

(Nevada Test Site)


(New Mexico Tech)


(Anniston, AL)






(University of Hawaii)

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National Disaster DevelopmentPreparedness Training Centerat University of Hawaii

Congress authorized creation at UH in 2007

FY09 Appropriation $5 million

$5 million => $10 million => $20 million

Cooperative Agreement (DHS-FEMA and UH)

Executive Director

Karl Kim, Ph.D.

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Director, Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Uniquely positioned geographically and culturally, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa will develop and deliver disaster preparedness, response, and recovery training to governmental, private, and non-profit entities, incorporating urban planning with an emphasis on community preparedness and vulnerable at-risk populations.

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Training Courses Development

  • Natural Hazards 101

  • Risk Assessment Methods

  • Mapping and Spatial Analysis

  • Multi-sector collaboration for DMHA

  • Economic/Community Recovery Planning

  • Sector-specific (i.e. tourism, public facilities, institutions, community organizations…)

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Tsunami Awareness Course Development

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center University of Hawaii


Hilo, Hawaii


Pago Pago,

American Samoa

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Improving Tsunami Awareness - Need Development

  • State / Local tsunami working groups

  • Social science surveys / focus groups in communities

  • US National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Strategic Plan, 5-yr review, mtgs since 1995 Currently, 29 states, territories, commonwealths

  • NOAA Tsunami Program Strategic Plan

  • NTHMP Strategic Plan

  • 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed 230,000 people Expected Cascadia earthquake / tsunami similar?

  • September 29, 2009 tsunami (American Samoa) 1st tsunami causing deaths in America since 1975 Pre-event preparedness: Awareness saved many lives.

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Needs Assessment - Tsunami Development

  • Unmet need for tsunami training at awareness, performance and management levels

  • Following AS and other events, there is growing demand for tsunami training

  • Recovery, preparation/mitigation key areas of focus

  • Benefits of tsunami training carry over to other hazards

  • Emphasis on coastal communities, special needs of islands and territories, and natural hazards

  • Need to address concerns of special needs populations and other vulnerable at-risk groups

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Improving Tsunami Awareness - Course Development

Deliverable: 8-hour Tsunami Awareness Course

Audience: Professionals with tsunami responsibility (govt, non-govt, private sector)

Developer: Subject Matter Experts

  • International Tsunami Information Center (NOAA ITIC)

  • Former Washington State Earthquake and Tsunami Program Manager

  • NOAA Center for Tsunami Research (NCTR)

    Preview: February 10, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii

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  • Hazard Assessment

    • What is a tsunami

    • What is the tsunami hazard to a community

  • Warning

    • What are tsunami warnings

    • How do they reach communities

  • Preparedness & Mitigation

    • How to reduce a tsunami’s impact on a community

  • Responding to Local & Distant Tsunamis

    • How to respond effectively to save lives

    • Why is response different for local vs distant tsunamis

  • Module Learning Activities apply knowledge learned to real-world tsunami scenario (PACIFEX 2010)

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2010 • Sheraton Waikiki • Honolulu, Hawaii

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    Building a Partnership Development


    • Funded to give training. Fills gaps where resources limited (local levels, states with little training to date).

    • Provides consistent message


    • MES Strategic Plan includes developing Education Plan, Instructor Training Program

    • Focus: tsunami planning (zoning, building, evacuation (vertical) and response for threatened communities

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    Building a Partnership Development

    This 1st Course:

    • Basic – general / not specific to any state to provide basic understanding of tsunamis and NTHMP products.

    • Focus: tsunami response part of all-hazards approach

    • Modules based on local, state, national and intl experience (no domestic course to date has had this benefit). 

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    NTHMP Partnership Support Development

    • Preview course and make comments

      • Provide names of individuals that can attend course

      • Provide feedback to improve course

      • Provide current list of publications and photographs that can be used for course materials

    The course is being developed

    to support NTHMP membership.

    Help make this Course meet your needs!

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    Thank you Development