TsunamiTeacher (International)


DVD copies for PC and Macintosh computers are available free of charge from the IOC Tsunami Unit, Paris (b.aliaga@unesco.org), or from the ITIC, Hawaii (itic.tsunami@noaa.gov).


As a contribution to the building of training to support the communication of tsunami risk to the public, the IOC of UNESCO has developed the TsunamiTeacher Information and Resource Toolkit. The Toolkit brings together a wealth of new and existing information on tsunamis into a single, reliable, and verified global resource that is widely accessible to people, groups and governments around the world. TsunamiTeacher aims to build awareness and capacity to respond and mitigate the impact of tsunamis through the sharing of knowledge, research, and best practices. Materials are available that can be adapted to develop locally relevant responses. A feature of the Toolkit is the ability to customize training modules for different audiences.

Training Modules target the Media, Educational Systems, and the Public and Private Sectors, including governments, non-government organizations, businesses, and community groups. Within the government sector, a large amount of training material has been assembled on earthquake and tsunami science and research, tsunami events, and the building of tsunami warning and mitigation systems. These topics include hazard and risk assessment, operational warning and dissemination systems, tsunami emergency response, alerting, and preparedness, environmental, engineering mitigation and policy, and education and outreach. Resource materials are provided as examples and guidance for decision-makers.

The base language is English and it has been translated into Bahasa (Indonesia), Tagalog (Philippines), Tetun (Timor Leste) and Thai (Thailand).  Other translations planned are Bangla (Bangladesh), French, and Spanish.


TsunamiTeacher (Overview)
(Sept 2006)

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TsunamiTeacher USA

Save your life! 

Learn the basics of tsunamis.

In 2011, ITIC created a 6-min video on the basics of tsunamis. Topics cover what a tsunami is, how to recognize a tsunami, and what to do when you know a tsunami is coming.  In the video, the Mayor of Poloa, American Samoa recounts his actions when the tsunami hit his village on September 29, 2009.  That day, waves were as high at 50 feet elevation.

Available below in English and Samoan.

Click here to watch video with closed captioning.  youtube_logo


Updated:17 June 2011




Updated: 10 February 2012


TsunamiTeacher Tsunami Resource Toolkit


TsunamiTeacher brings together authoritative and reliable materials of interest to a range of stakeholders involved in tsunami warning and mitigation. Sections cover the roles of the media, educational systems, and the public (government) and private sectors. Available since 2006. TsunamiTeacher has been translated into several languages to date. In 2011, the ITIC will produce US TsunamiTeacher describing the PTWC and WC/ATWC warning operations and activities of the US National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program.


TsunamiTeacher Tsunami Resource Toolkit

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DVD copies for PC and Macintosh computers are available free of charge from the ITIC, Hawaii (itic.tsunami@noaa.gov).

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