Community invited to participate in World Tsunami Awareness Day

by Jenna G. Blas

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,, 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:



For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at

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