Resources for Hotels

Guide to Tsunamis for Hotels & Hotel Guests (NEAMTIC)

120420 a guide to tsunamis for hotel lq thumbnailThe booklet, A Guide to Tsunamis for Hotels, summarizes steps that will guide hotels to prepare for tsunami hazards. The guidebook is to be use by hotel management; it is intended to direct them on how to build the hotel’s capacity in evacuation planning for tsunami emergency. The guidebook outlines the necessary steps to be undertaken, such as preliminary preparedness assessment using a checklist from the “Tsunami Ready” Toolbox, understanding the warnings (natural warning and official warning), deciding on an evacuation strategy, consideration for a hotel to be an evacuation area and the standard operating procedures for tsunami emergency.
This guidebook is devided into five parts. The first part provides a brief information of what is a tsunami and why it is important for hotels to address this hazard as part of their business. Part 2 decribes the tsunami hazard in the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Seas and efforts that has been taken in response to mitigate the hazard. Part 3 focuses on aspects that hotels need to take into consideration in building tsunami preparedness. This part also elaborates three different situations that influences evacuation strategies. Part 4 elaborates on considerations for a hotel to decides if the hotel could be a tsunami evacuation area, including determining the evacuation place in the hotel premises and on the signage needed for the evacuation place. Finaly, part 5 highlights the evacuation planning and procedures for the hotel that may serve as their standard operating procedures in tsunami emergency.
This guidebook explains the steps in building tsunami preparedness, however, to successfully develop the plans and procedures the hotel has to do all the ground work. It is recommended to work through participatory approach with all hotel stakeholders (staff and management) to simultaneously build in the capacity and ownership. At the same time, the hotel should also coordinates with the local disaster management office and/or other local authorities and stakeholders working on disaster and emergency management (for example red cross) to know more about the tsunami risks in the area as well as other local disaster management issues. (The above was modified from the Executive Summary)

This guidebook is developed in cooperation with Jakarta Tsunami Information Centre UNESCO/IOC - UNESCO Office Jakarta. For more Information please contact: North-Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Tsunami Information Centre (NEAMTIC),

A Guide to Tsunamis for Hotels   PDF (850KB)
A Guide to Tsunamis for Hotels Guests  PDF (860KB)

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Disaster Response Guidebook for Hotels and Motels (Washington, USA)

wa hotelmotelbook thumbnailThis guidebook was developed by the Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division, which is the agency responsible for helping state and local governments prepare for emergencies. It contains practical advice on how to respond to disasters. It presents useful information to assist hotels to respond to disasters.For instance, the Emergency Telephone Contact sheet is a convenient place to record all emergency contact names and telephone numbers in one place for emergency use. The guidebook is presented in a flexible format, alll insertion of additional pages to address a facility’s unique situation and requirements. (July 2006)

Please visit the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division's website for more information:


Disaster Response Guidebook
for Hotels and Motels on Washington's Coast
PDF (3.72 MB)


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