Community invited to participate in World Tsunami Awareness Day

by Jenna G. Blas
GHS/OCD

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” on Sunday, November 5, 2017. GHS/OCD will be hosting a tsunami and disaster preparedness outreach booth at the Agana Shopping Center, hallway outside of Pay-Less Supermarket, on November 5, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed November 5th as World Tsunami Awareness Day to promote a global culture of tsunami awareness. Tsunamis are rare but can affect many people, especially those living in coastal communities. According to the UNISDR website, http://www.unisdr.org/2017/tsunamiday/, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami affected up to 5 million people in 15 countries. Early warning systems and detection can save lives.

On Sunday, November 5th, GHS/OCD encourages the community to build their general understanding about how and where to evacuate before a wave strikes. By recognizing the evacuation areas across the island, residents can build a more resilient community. Use Sunday, November 5th 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 visit the following links for more information on how to prepare for tsunamis:

· http://www.ghs.guam.gov/tsunamis

· https://www.ready.gov/tsunamis

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

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