In a press release, it revealed that its Director General, Audrey Azoulay, will present this initiative in the Portuguese capital in order to fully prepare coastal communities before the end of 2030.
She said that the global tsunami alert system led by UNESCO is particularly effective to detect them swiftly. However, giving the alarm to save lives is not enough; coastal communities also have to be trained to properly respond.
According to the director general, UNESCO is committed to this training, which includes the creation of risk reduction plans and the possibility of mapping dangerous areas of these phenomena.
Moreover, the training would allow coastal communities to develop disclosure and public education, create tsunami evacuation maps accessible for people and provide information about them.
According to UNESCO, the “Tsunami Ready” program has already been successfully implemented in 40 coastal towns in 21 countries from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
This initiative established 12 indicators that include stages such as risk assessment and response, adapted to local conditions.