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NTHMP Grants

This page updated 09/15/2016

Since passage of the Tsunami Warning and Education Act in 2007 (P.L. 109-479, Title VIII), Congress has authorized and appropriated funds to NOAA's National Weather Service for grants to states, territories, and universities that participate in the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP partners).

From federal fiscal year 2008 through 2016, NOAA has invested or approved investment for a total of 17 NTHMP partners (12 current) that work to fulfill the NTHMP mission "to mitigate the impact of tsunamis through public education, community response planning, and accurate hazard assessment."

Per terms of authorizing legislation, these grants have been made available only to agencies and organizations that have membership on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee as defined in the NTHMP Rules of Procedure.

Safer U.S. Shores: NTHMP Grant Investment Activities Report summarizes the investments made by the NOAA Tsunami Program to mitigate the threat of tsunamis through NTHMP grants to partners from FY08 through FY15. An update to this report for FY16 is pending.


NTHMP Grant Activities for FY16 grant cycle

NOAA's National Weather Service is pleased to announce $5,750,515 for projects and support to make coastal communities throughout the United States and its territories safer from tsunamis. NTHMP grants are provided to coastal states, territories, and participating university partners who have membership on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

FY16 NTHMP grants for the performance period from September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017 or 2018, have been awarded to NTHMP partners to support these tasks:

NTHMP
Partner
Activity
Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Subawardee:
University of Alaska/Fairbanks [UAF]

[Prime]   Administer the state NTHMP tsunami grant.
[UAF]   Representation by UAF Geophysical Institute staff in the Alaska Tsunami Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation Program. Demonstrate conformity of the Alaska landslide-generated tsunami model with the standard of accuracy at the forthcoming landslide modeling workshop.
[Prime and UAF]   Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop.
[UAF]   Compilation and publication of the technical report for the Kodiak area.
[UAF]   High-resolution mapping and compilation of the technical report for two highly threatened communities: Haines and Skagway.
[Prime]   In coordination with the Anchorage NWS WCM, will assist two of the following four communities: St Paul, Klawock, Petersburg, or Whittier to become TsunamiReady.
[UAF]   Update the high-resolution tsunami hazard zone maps and technical report for the cities of Homer and Seldovia.
[Prime]   Conduct two-and-a-half day workshop that discusses the science of tsunamis, local threat, preparedness, warning and alerting procedures, as well as response and recovery for community leaders.
[UAF]   Determine approximate potential inundation zones for highly threatened communities in Pribilof Islands using NTHMP established guidelines and best practices.
[Prime]   Install two warning sirens in Petersburg to expand coverage to include high-population community areas not presently covered.
[UAF]   Perform tsunami Digital Elevation Model verifications for St. George, St. Paul, Perryville, and Nanwalek.
[UAF]   Estimate the potential maximum permanent subsidence for 30 modeled communities.
[Prime]   Design and print tsunami educational materials.
American Samoa Department of Homeland Security

Subawardee:
University of Hawaii [UofH]

[Prime]   Support 3 positions: NTHMP Tsunami Program Administrator, Project Coordinator, NTHMP Liaison.
[Prime]   Participation by Emergency Management Member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and Mitigation & Education Subcommittee meeting. Science member for American Samoa is a NOAA employee and is ineligible for grant-funded travel.
[Prime]   Tsunami Functional Exercise led by NTHMP Team in partnership with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and the International Tsunami Information Center.
[Prime]   Outreach. Tsunami outreach, including support for tsunami preparedness week, outreach products, conducting evacuation drills, holding workshops for community leaders, and travel to outer islands to conduct outreach on the American Samoa island group.
[UofH]  Mapping & Modeling support from the University of Hawaii for: 1) offshore safe zones and in-harbor hazard maps of current speed; 2) surge elevation; and 3) drawdown for ranges of tsunami amplitude at the Pago Pago Harbor and small boat harbors in Auasi, Aunu'u, Ofu, and Tau.
[Prime]   Maintenance agreement for warning siren system to maintain American Samoa's 68 warning sirens exposed to corrosive environments.
California Office of Emergency Services

Subawardees:

California Geological Survey [CGS]

Humboldt State University [HSU]

University of Southern California [USC]

[Prime, USC]   Tsunami Preparedness: Continue local outreach, workshop, training, exercise activities. Two state tsunami steering committee meetings. Continue to develop Tsunami Inundation Map Information Sheets and Vulnerability Sheets. Coordinate and collaborate with USGS and other NTHMP partners. Support Tsunami Preparedness Week through subaward to University of Southern California.
[CGS]   Inundation and Evacuation Zone Improvements: Re-map up to 50% of California's populated coastlines.
[Prime and CGS]   Continue development of Tsunami Evacuation Response Playbooks for planning evacuation zones/maps/plans for less-than-worst-case tsunamis. New playbooks for Mendocino, Contra Costa, Napa, Santa Clara, and Solano Counties. Hold workshops with NWS WFO staff on how to implement the FASTER approach.
[Prime and HSU]  Ongoing TsunamiReady support to assist in filling roles supporting communities becoming TsunamiReady. Work with NWS-WFOs to explore potential for TsunamiReady status for harbors and ports. Continue support of Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group.
[CGS]   Maritime planning and preparedness: Provide the bridge between product and application. Continue to work with the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) to develop a method for distributing real-time response recommendations and other tsunami alert products in a real event that are in-line with Maritime Response Playbooks.
[CGS]   Provide NOAA and state/territory partners with a valuable decision support tool, a real-time tsunami observation web camera network. Create observation network comprised of a web- and security camera network within the Pacific states and territories that will be available for the two Tsunami Warning Centers and to emergency managers and state and federal tsunami officials.
[Prime and CGS]   Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop.
[Prime]   One representative to participate in NTWC Tsunami Training in Palmer, Alaska when offered.
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Tsunami Warning Siren System: Procure and maintain a cache of mounted alert siren systems for response vehicles on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, utilizing imagery and LIDAR topography.
Tsunami Awareness Education and Outreach Material: Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will produce additional information and preparedness-focused educational outreach materials.
Continue to support and integrate tsunami preparedness into training and exercise workshop programs to expand staff and responder knowledge of threats and hazards associated with tsunamis, and to identify capability gaps that exist in areas such as planning and equipment.
Continue to purchase and support placement of tsunami evacuation, assembly and hazard sone signage on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings.
East Coast
University of Delaware

Subawardee:
University of Rhode Island [URI]

[Prime + URI] Development of maritime hazard assessment products for U.S. East Coast. Subtask 1: Examine role of wide shelf in determining maritime safety recommendations. Subtask 2: Examine effects of tsunami events used for coastal hazard assessment on conditions in major ports and harbors. <
[Prime + URI]   Presentation of MMS mapping results to East Coast state agencies and coordination with state EMA managers on development of evacuation and warning efforts.
[Prime + URI]   Reanalysis of selected mapping products based on improved treatment of modeled physics for source description and tsunami propagation. Subtask 1: Continue simulating submarine mass failure (SMF) events. Subtask 2: Reanalysis of frictional dissipation effects and impact on shoreline tsunami amplitudes in areas with wide continental shelves.
[Prime + URI]   Simulation and evaluation of meteotsunami hazard and estimation of return periods of tsunami events from various sources.
[Prime]   Participation by Science Member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop. Gulf Coast Emergency Management member is not an employee of the grant recipient and is ineligible for grant-funded travel.
Guam Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Subawardee:
University of Hawaii [UofH]

[Prime]   Print 30,000 tsunami evacuation maps.
[Prime]   Print 50,000 copies of the Guam Tsunami Brochure, evacuation wheels, Tsunami Ready Cards and Tsunami Mikenna poster. Includes a media kit for distribution among the media community. Develop and print 25,000 boat owners brochures. Contract for Tsunami Media Campaign for Tsunami Preparedness through television, radio and print commercials.
[Prime]   Install new tsunami sirens in gap areas. Maintain tsunami evacuation signs and posts throughout the island. Conduct alert notification and warning outreach on the All Hazards Alert Warning System. Conduct community outreach throughout the island.
[UofH]   Tsunami Safety Products for Apra Harbor for maritime/harbor tsunami wave studies to improve decision-making on harbor safety.
[Prime]   Travel for Tsunami Program Manager and Technical Representative to attend the annual Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO) meeting. Travel to meet with other NTHMP members from Hawaii, American Samoa and the CNMI to share best practices.
[Prime]   Participation by Emergency Management Member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and Mitigation & Education Subcommittee meeting. Science Member is a NOAA employee and is ineligible for grant-funded travel.
Gulf of Mexico
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Develop two additional tsunami inundation maps at specific locations along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast.
Update existing tsunami inundation map for Port Aransas, TX, including effects from additional tsunami sources (four new sources) which were not considered in the first-generation map.
Implementation of temporal-low-order inundation maps for tsunami hazard areas (community) where inundation studies have not yet been assigned/executed or where little bathymetric and elevation data exists.
Participation by Science Member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop. Emergency Management Member is not an employee of the grant recipient and is ineligible for grant-funded travel.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

Subawardees:

University of Hawaii [UofH]

Pacific Tsunami Museum [PTM]

City and County of Honolulu [CCH]

[Prime]   Administer tsunami grants. Sustainment of current activity, and manage and provide oversight for all NTHMP tsunami funds/projects.
[Prime]   Support for public schools located within the tsunami evacuation zone. Develop comprehensive evacuation plans. Support for Tsunami Awareness Month and other educational opportunities and venues.
[Prime]   Prepare broadcast messages for use on foreign language radio stations throughout Hawaii.
[CCH]   Install tsunami signage on the North Shore of Oahu based on results of study conducted by the City and County of Honolulu.
[UofH]  Conduct research study on maritime/harbor safety for Hilo, Kawaihae, and Kahului Harbors.
[UofH]   Tsunami Observer Program. Educate and train a group of volunteers across the State of Hawaii in real time data collection and post-tsunami field survey data collection methods.
[PTM]   Support for Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Hawaii. This museum is the most active in conducting tsunami outreach and education for both residents and visitors of the state.
[Prime and UofH]   Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop.
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)

Subawardee:
Oregon Office of Emergency Management [OEM]

[Prime and OEM]   Community-based outreach by DOGAMI and OEM. Conduct grass roots, community based outreach and education. Support for staff time at both DOGAMI and OEM, including one FTE position. Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop.
[Prime and OEM]   Outreach and education. Support for DOGAMI to give talks and meet with community leaders plus support to OEM for an outreach coordinator to facilitate and coordinate community outreach programs. Maintenance of the Tsunami Clearinghouse website. Installation of "Entering-" and "Leaving Tsunami Hazard Zone" signs. Evacuation Map sign design and purchase new two-zone evacuation maps. Continue to support the online education module for the Oregon hospitality industry. Ensure that that the module can be integrated into existing websites such as those supporting the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) and Travel Oregon.
[Prime and OEM]   Evacuation Difficulty Analysis of Pacific City. Evacuation analyses will provide decision makers with optimal sites for vertical evacuation and optimal routes for lateral evacuation. Provide support for way-finding improvement to evacuation routes in interested communities with known vulnerability. Develop tsunami evacuation drill guidance and conduct tsunami evacuation drills.
[Prime]    Report and maritime hazard map production for the Columbia River (joint project with State of Washington). Port-specific maritime response guidance response for both a distant and local tsunami will be developed for the Columbia River.
[OEM]   Support for travel for five-member external NTHMP Review team to attend NTHMP Annual Meeting week in Portland, Oregon.
[Prime and OEM]   Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop.
[OEM]   One representative to participate in NTWC Tsunami Training in Palmer, Alaska when offered.
Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN)

Based at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

State and Local TsunamiReady Program implementation and maintenance: 1) Support all communities whose TsunamiReady recognition is expiring within the grant year to renew. 2) Offer tsunami workshops for emergency personnel, first responders, the PR Tourist Company, tourist private sector, and the maritime community to train them about the NWS tsunami products, the Puerto Rico tsunami protocol and response plans. 3) Keep the TsunamiReady inventories up to date. 4) Update the PR tsunami media toolkit and the Tsunami Decision Support Tool. 5) Organize and participate in educational events throughout Puerto Rico.
Extend harbor current studies to the ports of Fajardo (Marina) and the Salinas/Aguirre facilities. Develop a new interface to replace the obsolete Silverlight app for TDST.
Participation by Science Member of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop. Emergency Management member is not an employee of the grant recipient and is ineligible for grant-funded travel.
Continue the support to the annual national Tsunami Preparedness Week via the local coordination of the CARIBE WAVE exercises. Encourage and help local warning points to fully participate in the monthly NTWC communication test and local test procedures. Maintain local warning dissemination capabilities, including maintenance, update and repair of EMWIN systems currently installed in the warning points, as well as replacement of NOAA Weather Radios.
Outreach: Promote the effective and reliable tsunami outreach efforts to all audiences via the dissemination of island-wide tsunami audio clips.
U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) Contract for modeling for advanced understanding and prediction of tsunami currents and inundation in USVI coastal regions
Support one FTE position as Tsunami Coordinator.
Conduct one tabletop exercise, one workshop, and one full-scale exercise. This series will include the public and private sector, as well as the general community.
Public Service Announcements: air PSAs across television and radio to continue our community education effort.
Produce a 5-7 minute tsunami awareness video for outreach purposes.
Provide as-needed maintenance for outdoor warning sirens that experience communications failures as captured during our weekly silent siren testing, or for routine replacement of parts.
Order and install an additional 65 "Seek Higher Ground" signs, 150 directional arrows, and 5 "Tsunami Staging Area" signs based on an analysis already conducted.
Reproduce 5,000 copies of educational materials and purchase 1,000 copies of "Tsunami Preparedness" QuickSeries guide publication.
Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop.
State of Washington Division of Emergency Management

Subawardee:
Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

[Prime]   Support one FTE position as Tsunami Coordinator.
[Prime]   Parts, maintenance, and satellite time for coastal tsunami sirens.
[Prime]   Purchase and install five tsunami sirens in Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Whatcom Counties to fill gaps.
[DNR]   Continue production of bi-monthly TsuInfo Alert newsletter.
[Prime]   Install new tsunami evacuation and/or hazard zone signs in tsunami threatened communities and replace signs that have been damaged or stolen.
[Prime]   Continue to develop outreach material and support the reprints of tsunami public education materials.
[Prime]   Conduct public education and outreach in collaboration with federal, state, tribal, and local partners.
[DNR]   Update Cascadia Subduction Zone and Seattle Fault Modeling for Puget Sound to include ports and harbors within Snohomish County, Washington.
[Prime and DNR]   Participation by Emergency Management and Science Members of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee in NTHMP annual and subcommittee meetings and Landslide Workshop. Funding for one additional person to attend NTHMP Annual Meeting and Mitigation & Education Subcommittee meeting.
[DNR]   Initiate Pedestrian Evacuation Modeling for Improved Assembly Area Support: complete Pedestrian Evacuation Modeling for areas of at-risk population in Port Angles and Port Townsend based on Cascadia Subduction Zone Modeling (L1) and other available geological data.
[DNR]   Complete production of three-dimensional inundation modeling products for improved public education and response and recovery planning for Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Cosmopolis.
[Prime]   Partner with relevant federal, state, tribal, and local partners to deliver NOAA Weather Radio Training.
[Prime]   One representative to participate in NTWC Tsunami Training in Palmer, Alaska when offered.
Intra-NOAA Transfers to support NTHMP Activities

NOAA entities may not bill states for services paid by grant funds. $356,000 in intra-NOAA transfers cover costs to NOAA entities for NTHMP partner support listed to the right.

[PMEL]   Cascadia Subduction Zone and Seattle Fault Modeling for Puget Sound to include ports and harbors around the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington. Work to be performed by NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) to support the State of Washington.
[NCEI]   Four Digital Elevation Models determined by NTHMP's Mapping and Modeling Subcommittee as priorities to be developed by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
[NCEI]   Additional Digital Elevation Models for the communities of Atka and Adak, Alaska, to be developed by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information to support the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (subawardee of State of Alaska HSEM).

For More Information

For questions on each state, territory, or university's grant programs
or activities, please contact the respective representative, noted here.

For general information about NTHMP grants, contact:

Rocky Lopes
NTHMP Program Administrator
NOAA/National Weather Service, Tsunami Program
1325 East West Highway, MS AFS26
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 427-9380
Rocky.Lopes@noaa.gov




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