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08 May 2017 description

New guidance supports Integrated Flood Management

A new guidance document has been developed to support the design of well-balanced strategies for Integrated Flood Management. Floods are the most common natural disaster with the largest impacts on society.

03 Apr 2017 description

In support of CARIBE WAVE 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Barbados facilitated an office tsunami evacuation exercise on March 23, 2017, for the United Nations (UN) House and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ World Health Organization (WHO).   This exercise was executed to highlight the importance of tsunami preparedness and to equip United Nations personnel with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a tsunami warning.

02 Apr 2017 description
report World Bank

Collaboration on catastrophe risk insurance for cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis

SUVA, FIJI, March 31, 2017 — Pacific Island countries will have better access to catastrophe insurance to reduce financial impacts in the aftermath of natural disasters, including major cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis, as a result of a new regional disaster risk finance project launched today in Fiji.

27 Mar 2017 description

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) coordinates workshops on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and mechanisms of coordination between scientific and natural disaster response agencies to build more resilient communities in the Caribbean.

23 Mar 2017 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

SENDAI, Japan, 23 March 2017 – Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.

22 Mar 2017 description

Over 7,000 persons moved to tsunami safe locations today as part of the annual earthquake and tsunami simulation exercise – ‘CARIBE WAVE 17’.

This year’s figure sets a new record for the Territory, since participation in the regional exercise began in 2009.

CARIBE WAVE 17 provided an opportunity for the Territory to improve its tsunami warning system’s effectiveness and awareness by testing contingency plans, and promoting tsunami preparedness for critical entities.

17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.

13 Mar 2017 description

A tsunami early warning exercise will take place in the countries bordering the Caribbean Sea on 21 March to assess and update their reactivity. The exercise will test the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).

10 Mar 2017 description


1. Información de país y análisis de contexto

03 Mar 2017 description

On February 16, 2017 the community of Cedeño (population 4363), a popular tourist destination along the Pacific Coast of Honduras, was recognized as Tsunami Ready by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. It is the first community in Honduras, Central America, and in the Pacific to receive the designation. The Pacific Tsunami Ready program is being piloted by ITIC in interested countries of UNESCO IOC's Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS).

02 Mar 2017 description


  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

24 Feb 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

PARIS, 24 February 2017 – Deploying the power of technology worldwide and ensuring that communities know how to act in an emergency are the keys to curbing the risks posed by tsunamis, experts said this week.

Senior officials from the world’s regional tsunami alert centres have spent the past four days taking stock of progress in the development and implementation of warning and mitigation systems.

22 Feb 2017 description

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.

17 Feb 2017 description

Nota de Prensa No. 019-2017


Cedeño recibe reconocimiento Tsunami Ready       

::::: Copeco con apoyo internacional realizó el primer simulacro regional con pobladores y cuerpos de socorro de la zona

Cedeño se convirtió hoy en la primera comunidad Tsunami Ready de Honduras al cumplir con los requisitos de preparación y respuesta ante un fenómeno de este tipo.

13 Feb 2017 description

Countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean will test their capacity to handle a major tsunami in an exercise from 15 to 17 February, held to identify possible shortcomings in the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, established under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

13 Feb 2017 description

This case study gives an overview of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) initial emergency response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) which happened on the 11 March 2011. The timeframe covered is approximately 3 weeks during the time of launch of the response and frst phase of the relief period. It also looks at the challenges the Emergency response teams faced after the cascading disaster which triggered the accident at the Fukushima – Daiichi nuclear power plant.

07 Feb 2017 description

HONIARA, 3 February 2017 -- WHO and UNICEF are partnering with local civil society and the provincial government to deliver health and education supplies to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude December earthquake in Makira province.

A second shipment of emergency supplies which included an additional 10 tents and 35 tarpaulins are used by health centres and schools.

WHO Representative in Solomon Islands Dr. Sevil Huseynova and UNICEF Solomon Islands Chief of Field Office Mr. Yun Jong Kang visited affected clinics, schools and communities in Makira province.