Oregon Sea Grant's Coastal Natural Hazards Specialist stresses preparedness, not panic or indifference, in the wake of increased attention to the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the likelihood of an earthquake in Oregon.
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Tsunamis have been a reality for coastal communities for as long as humans have lived near the shore. NOAA Sea Grant has been working with coastal communities for many years to help residents understand tsunami risks, reduce their vulnerability and respond quickly.
Provides a summary of the actions boaters and other members of Hawai‘i’s maritime community can take before, during, and after a hurricane or tsunami, to prepare for and mitigate the effects of these hazards.
The purpose of the 242 page guidebook is as a resource to reduce the risk to coastal development by planning for natural hazards such as erosion, flooding, tsunami, and hurricanes. The guidebook uses scientific and technically-based standards for hazard mitigation and provides recommendations for implementation (e.g., guidance, industry standards, policy and the use of existing regulations) that minimize burden to the regulated community.
Dr. Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles as well as University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. He works with coastal communities on the Olympic Peninsula to increase their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunami, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and hazards associated with climate change.
Dr. Kwok Fai Cheung's area of expertise is ocean wave modeling, which includes tsunamis. Sea Grant funded his research work on tsunami model development. His team worked with UNESCO to distribute the resulting model and provide training workshops to universities and government agencies around the world.
At Washington Sea Grant, Jamie provides expertise on emergency preparedness, hazard mitigation, and resilience for coastal communities. Jamie also serves as Washington Sea Grant’s liaison to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, where she supports tsunami education and outreach in coordination with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division.
Patrick Corcoran is a coastal natural hazards specialist at Oregon Sea Grant based in Astoria, OR. His goal is to help coastal communities become more resilient to natural hazards.
UH Sea Grant was selected to receive the 2013 Dr. Chiu Award for Excellence in Hurricane Preparedness for its efforts to make Hawai‘i’s communities safer through its excellent work on the Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.