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NOAA/NWS Tsunami Activities Grants

This page updated October 12, 2017

Since passage of the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act in 2017 (P.L. 115-25, Title V) and its predecessor legislation in 2007 (TWEA, P.L. 109-479 Title VIII), Congress has authorized and directed NOAA's National Weather Service to award grants to states, territories, (and new eligibility in 2017--local governments and Tribes) under the auspices of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The grants support tsunami preparedness, mitigation, mapping, and warning activities.

Per terms of authorizing legislation effective in 2017, states and territories that have membership on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee as defined in the NTHMP Rules of Procedure are eligible to apply. Local Governments must go through their respective states. Tribes may contact the NWS directly to inquire about application requirements.

Grant-related information links:

Safer U.S. Shores: NTHMP Grant Investment Activities Report (FY08 - FY15)

FY17 Grant Awards and Activities
FY16 Grant Awards and Activities
FY15 Grant Awards and Activities

Ready-reference information for grantees

The following graphics depict grant funding support from FY08 to FY17.

Category Descriptions:

  • Hazard Assessment and Mapping: Defining the coastal tsunami hazard, projecting populations and property at risk, and developing easily understood maps that identify tsunami hazard areas and evacuation routes.
  • Community Preparedness: Developing tsunami outreach materials, such as maps, brochures, posters, videos, kiosks, and exhibits; promoting and conducting tsunami education and outreach; purchasing and installing tsunami signs and providing guidance on sign placement; supporting pedestrian evacuation analysis; and communicating community needs to federal tsunami and earthquake hazard mitigation programs.
  • Public Notification and Warning: Purchasing, installing, and maintaining outdoor warning siren systems; enhancing and upgrading notification system infrastructure; installing National Weather Service Emergency Management Weather Information Network (EMWIN) systems; purchasing and distributing NOAA Weather Radios; and translating alerts into foreign languages for local Emergency Alert Systems.
  • Sustain Tsunami Capability and Build Resilience: Conducting local and state drills and exercises to test response plans and improve recovery capabilities; training local and state officials, emergency managers, law enforcement and fire department personnel, maritime and public works authorities, and volunteers about the threat and community response plans; and hiring staff in NTHMP partner state offices to manage NTHMP-related projects.
  • NTHMP Participation and Workshops: Staff time to participate in NTHMP meetings, technical workshops, and production of the NTHMP newsletter TsuInfo Alert.


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