Exploring Tsunamis through Mobile Apps, Virtual Globes and Survivor Stories
Recorded: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 6:20 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
More people have died in Hawai‘i from tsunamis than from hurricanes, floods, and volcanoes combined, making it our State’s most deadly natural hazard. Tsunami education is a critical component to include when taking steps towards increasing the resilience of a coastal community. Without public understanding of the tsunami hazard and the procedures in place for a tsunami event, communications and effective and timely evacuation may breakdown, ultimately resulting in loss of life. For tsunami education to be effective, learners must be engaged and must engage multiple learner modalities.
To help address the tsunami education gap, NOAA Pacific Services Center, in partnership with the Bishop Museum and the Pacific Tsunami Museum have developed a suite of tsunami education and technology products. This multi-year educational effort includes a tsunami awareness day event, Bishop Museum exhibit kiosks (evacuation zones and survivor stories), safety booklets, online and mobile tsunami evacuation maps (http://tsunami.csc.noaa.gov), and online tsunami animations (http://csc.noaa.gov/psc/dataviewer/#view=japan11). In this session, we will discuss best practices and lessons learned, and provide insights on how to incorporate tsunami education in your local community.