Proposed and Existing Guidelines for Recognition in the NWS TsunamiReady® Community Program   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This report was prepared under contract between East Tennessee State University (and Subawardee Institutions�"� University of Colorado; University of North Carolina, Wilmington) and the National Weather Service [NWS] to support the project, 'Incorporating Social Science into NOAA's [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] Tsunami Program.' The purpose of this report is to present a set of guidelines for community recognition as TsunamiReady® [TR] and supporting summary information that consolidates our focus group-based research in support of the NWS' effort to revise TR guidelines using social science-based research. This report also includes a Checklist for Determining Completion of Mandatory Elements for TsunamiReady® recognition (Appendix 2). A table comparing the 2001 TsunamiReady® Guidelines and the proposed guidelines is also provided as Appendix 3. The guidelines, checklist and summary discussed in this report are the culmination of our ongoing work with the NWS Tsunami Program and other state and territorial partners over a four year period since late 2010. This work includes findings from a series of focus group meetings held with emergency managers and community stakeholders in seven states and territories in the USA in 2011 and in six of these communities in 2013. The aim of the first focus groups was to obtain community feedback about NWS draft guidelines for becoming recognized as TsunamiReady® and a community rating system for communities with populations larger than 50,000 residents. These draft guidelines represented the outcome of several years of work by the NWS Tsunami Program and their partners in the National Tsunami hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP), including the NTHMP Mitigation and Education Subcommittee (MES), and NWS Weather Forecast Offices. We developed another draft of the TR guidelines based on the findings from our first focus group meetings and ongoing collaboration with the NWS Tsunami Program, NWS Weather Forecast Offices, and the NTHMP. We then conducted the second round of focus group meetings in 2013 to obtain final community-based comments on the revised guidelines that they helped us develop. From these findings we developed the guidelines presented here. As with the previous version of the guidelines that we developed, this version also agrees better with the on-going improvements to have the NWS StormReady® guidelines align more with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This contribution was made by Chris Maier of the NWS."

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