Exercise PACIFEX 13: Participant Handbook: A Pacific Tsunami Warning Exercise: March 27, 2013   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Background: "This tsunami exercise is being conducted to assist tsunami preparedness efforts along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts. Historical tsunami records from sources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) show that approximately 85% of the world's oceanic tsunamis occur in the Pacific Basin and surrounding seas. Tsunamis have impacted U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts several times in the past century with devastating results. Preparing and exercising emergency response plans throughout this region is an important part of tsunami preparedness. The PACIFEX13 [Pacific Exercise 13] exercise simulates a tsunami generated by a major earthquake located in the Mariana Trench subduction zone near the island of Guam in the Western Pacific." From the Purpose: "The purpose of this exercise is to improve the effectiveness of the tsunami warning system along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts. The exercise provides an opportunity for emergency management organizations along these coasts to exercise their operational lines of communications, review their tsunami response procedures, and promote tsunami preparedness. Regular exercising of response plans is critical to maintain readiness for an emergency. This is particularly true for tsunamis which are infrequent, but high impact events. Every coastal U.S. and Canadian Pacific emergency management organization (EMO) is encouraged to participate."

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