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TsunamiTeacher USA, general public module, tsunami basics, 31 March 2011 [DvD]
(2011). TsunamiTeacher USA, general public module, tsunami basics, 31 March 2011 [DvD]. [S.n.]: Paris. DVD pp.

    Water waves > Surface water waves > Tsunamis

    In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004, national authoritiesacross the region have been charged with developing tsunami educational and resourcematerials for schools, as well as information and awareness packages for the media,decision-makers and the general public.The Pacific-based International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC), which is part ofUNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), has extensive experiencein developing print and visual resources on the subject, and it has widely shared thisdocumentation with national authorities in several countries in the Indian Ocean region.While individual in-country efforts are underway to develop specific materials of localrelevance, access to a consolidated source of new and existing, reliable and verifiedinternational tsunami warning and response information – as well as training modules aimedat stakeholder groups affected by or responsible for mitigating the multiple impacts oftsunamis – would hugely benefit on-going capacity-building at all levels across the region.A consolidated TsunamiTeacher system of resources and training materials would enablegovernments and stakeholders to:- Share the valuable body of research and good practice already undertaken aroundtsunamis, including by a variety of United Nations agencies.- Adapt high quality generic materials appropriately to local contexts.- Grow stakeholder and public awareness and understanding of tsunamis.-Develop responses that have the potential to save lives and mitigate the impacts oftsunamis.Tsunamis should be addressed in a “multi-hazard” framework – because they occurinfrequently, and despite their potentially disastrous consequences, tsunamis are likely todrop off the public agenda. Effective responses to tsunamis are therefore likely only to besustainable if they are plugged into national disaster frameworks: a Toolkit could also help tokeep tsunamis in the public eye, and to integrate tsunami responses into broader nationaldisaster strategies.

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