Tsunami Preparedness
Information Guide for Disaster Planners

​The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO developed this guide as a basis for forming a strong community tsunami readiness policy. It provides a general plan of action and basic framework for dealing with the unique hazards resulting from tsunamis. This guide outlines the construction and maintenance of defensive structures and discusses how current disaster prevention and emergency response planning can be improved by using research on past tsunamis.

Each planner must take into account their community’s unique circumstances
and review their current action plans. In doing so, planners will be able to adapt each community’s unique topography, special circumstances, changes in
the social environment a nd scientific research to the proposed overall strategy contained in this guide.