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ITIC develops AWR-217 Tsunami Awareness Course for US DHS/FEMA

ITIC develops AWR-217 Tsunami Awareness Course for US DHS/FEMA

   ITIC, with SeismicReady Consulting and NOAA PMEL, has developed a 1-day certified Tsunami Awareness course (AWR-217) for the US Dept. of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS). The course fills a gap as there is currently little institutionalized tsunami training in the USA. AWR-217 was done in partnership with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) of the University of Hawaii. NDPTC specializes in multi-natural hazards training for a wide range of US customers, including federal/state/local government officials and emergency managers, police, fire, and NGO’s in coastal communities.
   Since 2010, courses have been taught in American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, Hawaii, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Washington, and the USVI.  The course was adapted for international use by ITIC, and taught in Fiji, Tonga, and Vanuatu.  Contact ITIC for more information.

Guam, July 2010
Guam, July 2010. 

CNMI, July 2010
CNMI, July 2010.  © ITIC

Tonga, August 2010
Tonga, August 2010.  © ITIC


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