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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, NTHMP Chair)

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The Tsunami Warning and Education Act (P.L. 109-479, Title VIII) identified NOAA as the lead agency for the NTHMP. In this role, NOAA serves as the chair of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee, co-chair of the Mapping and Modeling and Warning Coordination Subcommittees, and program administrator. Additionally, NOAA contributes to the NTHMP by administering the NTHMP Grant Program, setting standards for NTHMP-developed inundation models, promoting community outreach and education networks to ensure community tsunami readiness, encouraging the adoption of tsunami warning and mitigation measures, conducting tsunami research, providing tsunami public outreach, and operating the U.S. Tsunami Warning System. NOAA’s NTHMP activities are led by the National Weather Service, which administers the NOAA Tsunami Program, a cross-NOAA cooperative effort that leverages the capabilities of other NOAA operational line offices: the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Ocean Service, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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FEMA is a member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee and serves as co-chair of the Mitigation and Education Subcommittee. FEMA also contributes to the NTHMP by helping state and local agencies develop tsunami preparedness, mitigation, and response capabilities; developing and promoting tsunami risk reduction tools; providing disaster-resilient design and construction guidance, including for tsunami vertical evacuation refuges; supporting development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards; providing tsunami preparedness outreach, and administering the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which includes credits for tsunami preparedness and mitigation activities under the NFIP’s Community Rating System. FEMA’s NTHMP activities are led by the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration and FEMA Region X.


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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USGS is a member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee. The agency contributes to the NTHMP by conducting targeted research on tsunami causes and effects, providing technical assistance on hazard and vulnerability assessments and evacuation planning, deciphering the geologic record of prehistoric tsunamis, and operating the Advanced National Seismic System and the Global Seismographic Network, which provide seismic data to NOAA’s Tsunami Warning Centers. USGS’s NTHMP activities are led by the USGS Earthquake Program and the Western Geographic Science Center.




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