National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 2002

The U.S. National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program

Bernard, E.N.

In Proceedings of Solutions to Coastal Disasters '02, L. Ewing and L. Wallendorf (eds.), ASCE, San Diego, CA, 24–27 February 2002, 964–971 (2002)

The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a federal/state partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, was formed in 1997 to reduce the impacts of tsunamis to U.S. coastal communities. The program consists of three interdependent activities of hazard assessment, warning guidance, and mitigation. Updated information about our activities can be found at including the original implementation plan written in April 1996. An overview of the program will be given, including accomplishments and impact over the past 5 years, evaluations from a 5-year review held in August 2001, and future plans.

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