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  1. Program Overview • What: • UW Educational Outreach: • Tsunami Science and Preparedness Program • Developed jointly by University of Washington and NOAA • Sponsored by NOAA and USAID under the Indian Ocean Tsunami WarningSystem • First offering in the International Tsunami Training Institute • Takes advantage of Pacific Northwest center of expertise in Tsunami Science and Preparedness • First cohort of participants from five Indian Ocean Countries impacted by the 2004 Sumatra Tsunami Page 1

  2. Program Overview • Why: • The integrating goal for this program is “Creating Tsunami Resilient Communities” • To achieve this we need: • Active collaboration among national, provincial and local emergency management agencies and local communities • Professionals who are aware of how their roles relate to national, regional and local efforts at disaster mitigation • Comprehensive, integrated summary level training in essential aspects of tsunami science, emergency planning and operational programs Page 2

  3. Program Overview • When: • July 22, 2007 – August 2, 2007 Two-week intensive suite of three courses • Where: • University of Washington Seattle Campus • Pacific County / Willapa Bay Field Trip (July 26) • Aberdeen Community Meeting (July 30) Page 3

  4. Program Overview • How: • The course topics include: • The science of tsunamis • Effective technologies for community-specific tsunami hazard assessment • Tsunami monitoring and warning systems • Tsunami mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery • Specifics of community level education and training • Tools for establishing national programs Page 4

  5. Program Overview • How: • In addition to standard instruction methods, these courses rely on: • Peer learning – multi disciplinary background of participants • Group discussions – country teams and mixed discipline teams • Authoring a Tsunami Resilient Community Planning Exercise for a specific community in each country • Access to a wide varietyof on-line resources including simulation tools and exercises Page 5

  6. Program Overview • Who: • Program staff – UWE, NOAA and USAID • Instructors and guest speakers – Northwest and U.S. tsunami hazard specialists • Participants from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and the Maldives • Emergency managers and disaster responders • Government officials and planners • Scientists, engineers and modelers Page 6