As part of its mandate and functions under IOC Resolution X-23 (1977), the ITIC assists countries in establishing warning centers and improving tsunami preparedness, and for decades has annually conducted a training program. As an international center, ITIC also works to monitor and improve warning services globally, and serves as an information resource for tsunami events (with WDC-MGG tsunamis), clearinghouse for education and awareness materials, and encourages research that will improve mitigation practices.
The ITIC Training Program consists of a Hawaii-based training (ITP-Hawaii) where Hawaii is used as a working example of an end-to-end system of warning, response, and preparedness for both distant and local tsunamis, and an International training (ITP-Intl) where ITIC organizes a regional or country-specific training. The ITP-Hawaii emphasizes small classes where the actual practitioners can answer questions and share real-life experiences. The ITP-Intl allows for international experts to visit a tsunami-prone country to engage a much larger and broader set of stakeholders. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the ITIC has conducted more than 60 multi-day trainings around the world.
The ITP-Hawaii is an example where a Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) works closely with its Regional TWC (PTWC) and its local emergency response and preparedness groups (Hawaii State and County Civil Defense and Pacific Tsunami Museum) to conduct a training focused on practical and real-life sharing on the operational aspects of warning and response. Participants are nominated by their country through IOC Circular Letter, and selection is based on country/regional need and commitment. The training emphasizes stakeholder coordination, and as such, ideally brings simultaneously warning center and the disaster management staff from one country to the same training.
The ITIC conducts training throughout the US (ITP-USA) in support of the US National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. In 2010, it developed a 1-day basic Tsunami Awareness training course for US Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency. Course AWR-217 targets stakeholders with response responsibility. It provides a basic understanding of tsunamis, hazard assessment, warning and dissemination, and community response strategies to effectively reduce tsunami risk. The course goal is to enhance participants’ abilities to support their organizational preparedness and response efforts.