Tsunamis are rare events, but they do happen. Good planning saves lives and avoids loss of homes and jobs.
Are you tsunami ready?
In 2020, World Tsunami Awareness Day will promote target (e) of the “Sendai Seven Campaign,” which encourages countries and communities to have national and local disaster risk reduction strategies in place to save more lives against disasters by the end of 2020.
By the year 2030, an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s population will live in coastal areas exposed to flooding, storms and tsunamis. Having plans and policies in place to reduce tsunami impacts will help to build more resilience and protect populations at risk. Do you have a national or a local plan in place to anticipate a tsunami?
MESSAGE OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY, 5 NOVEMBER
We live in a multi-hazard world where risk is systemic and embedded in the very fabric of human development.
Currently we are struggling with what some describe as a tsunami of death and disease due to COVID-19.
This metaphor comes easily because living memory remains strong of the worst sudden onset disaster this century, the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 that took more than 227,000 lives.
Pandemic preparedness can borrow much from the progress we have made in reducing large-scale loss of life from tsunamis.
There are now early warning systems wherever coasts are vulnerable.
The United Nations system is working with partners around the globe to educate the public, organize drills, create evacuation routes and to do everything possible to avoid heavy loss of life when the next tsunami comes.
And come it surely will, just like the next pandemic, storm, flood, drought or heatwave.
When tsunamis strike, they are a supreme test of the governance and institutions that have been put in place to manage disaster risk.
Strengthening disaster risk governance is the theme of this year’s World Tsunami Awareness Day.
It should help build our resilience to all hazards, natural and man-made.