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NOAA/NWS Tsunami Activities Financial Assistance

This page updated October 8, 2019

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 "provide technical and financial assistance to states, territories, local governments, and Tribes," under the auspices of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program.

NOAA's National Weather Service uses the grant process to provide this financial assistance to NTHMP partners authorized to apply. The NOAA/NWS Tsunami Activities financial assistance support tsunami preparedness, mitigation, mapping, modeling, and warning coordination activities.

For more information about eligibility for tsunami-related financial assistance for U.S. states and territories, including local governments and tribes, see this page.

Financial assistance-related information links:

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

FY19 Financial Assistance and Activities
FY18 Financial Assistance and Activities
FY17 Financial Assistance and Activities
FY16 Financial Assistance and Activities
FY15 Financial Assistance and Activities

Ready-reference information for grantees

The following graphics depict funding support from FY08 to FY19.

Financial Assistance to support NTHMP partner tsunami projects by Federal Fiscal Year*:

  • 2008:  $ 2,379,806
  • 2009-2012**:  $ 23,502,349
  • 2013:  $2,429,042 (sequester year/restricted funding)
  • 2014:  $4,397,983
  • 2015:  $5,385,351
  • 2016:  $5,750,515
  • 2017:  $5,892,849
  • 2018:  $5,982,670
  • 2019:  $5,363,882 (two partners did not apply for new grants to complete work delayed due to typhoon impact.)
  • Explanations:
    *  funds were made available for performance periods starting September 1 of the year. Most partners applied or extended performance periods for 24 months, and some for 36. Project or task completion is always years out from start of the performance period.
    **  during FY2009-2012, financial assistance to partners was for a four-year period of performance.

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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