The Philippines are tsunami ready
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) is a world leader in building community preparedness for tsunamis. PHILVOCS uses a mix of science-based information and community engagement approaches to ensure that coastal communities right across the country are Tsunami Ready.
Having a plan in place to know what to do and where to go
In the Caribbean, more than 10 countries have a TsunamiReady plan which can make a huge difference in lives saved. Puerto Rico, US (Mayaguez and Guayanilla) - Mayagüez was the first community in the Caribbean to be recognized as TsunamiReady in 2016 by the US National Weather Service. For the past 14 years, it has led the way in community preparedness measures for over 18,000 people who live and work in the tsunami evacuation zone.
In France, the city of Cannes conducts regular simulation exercises to remind its populations of the potential danger.
Having early warning systems saves lives
In Odisha, India, communities know what to do when a tsunami hits. An efficient early warning system has been developed over the years together with regular preparedness plans to better protect populations at risk.
Practicing drills can save lives
In 18 countries in Asia and the Pacific, more than 60,000 students and teachers have already participated in tsunami drills and have evacuation plans in place once a tsunami warning is received. Education is the key to saving lives.