FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Pacific Tsunami Museum   [open pdf - 31KB]

Alternate Title: Pacific Tsunami Museum Museum Educates New Generations

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Tsunamis are as much a part of the Hawaiian history as the islands themselves and the deadliest of all Hawaiian natural disasters. The State is identified by the scientific community as the 'tsunami capital of the world.' But with the population of Hilo grown to almost 40,000 people, there are now two generations of children with no experience of tsunamis. [...] During a 1993 festival held in Hilo, a group of local residents were sharing stories of tsunami experiences. Jeanne Branch Johnston who had survived the 1946 event thought 'we should have a tsunami museum. [...] After opening in June of 1998, the museum has had over 17,000 visitors. School groups from across the State and mainland come to the museum to study and learn the need for awareness and preparedness." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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