(HawaiiNewsNow) - April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii! NOAA and Hawaii State Civil Defense will conduct the annual Tsunami Awareness Month campaign throughout April to raise public attention to the dangers of tsunamis and the commemorate the April 1, 1946 tsunami in Hilo-the most destructive in Hawaii's history.
In support of Tsunami Awareness Month, NOAA and the State of Hawaii State Civil Defense have partnered to kickoff the month with a Tsunami Awareness Day at the Bishop Museum on Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. This family oriented-event features a multitude of state, local, federal, and other agencies exhibiting programs and education about tsunami awareness. Exhibits will be on the Great Lawn from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Tsunami survivors will be on hand to give presentations from a personal angle. A "spherecast" (webcast through Science on a Sphere) given by local tsunami experts will allow other Science on a Sphere institutions to watch and ask questions of our local tsunami experts. Admission to museum will be free. The museum will promote the event through its distribution channels (i.e. newsletter, membership, community).
In partnership between NOAA, the State of Hawaii, and other local officials, a Tsunami Safety Booklet was developed to promote tsunami awareness. This booklet, modeled after the Fire Safety Booklet used for years in the classroom, was designed to educate school-aged children in the state of Hawaii about the dangers of tsunamis. The Tsunami Safety Booklet will be available as a special insert in the April 1, 2012 edition of the Honolulu Star Advertiser. It will also be distributed at public and private schools and community events throughout the state during Tsunami Awareness Month.
The Hawaii Tsunami Information Service is available for download as a mobile device application. This mobile web app contains an interactive tsunami evacuation zone map that is searchable by address and includes additional tsunami preparedness and evacuation information. The service is applicable statewide. The service can be accessed on a computer or by mobile phone by clicking HERE!
NOAA will also sponsor display booths and keiki activities at several public events around Hawaii to help families prepare for tsunamis. Events include:
œ April 4, 2012, 5:00PM-9:00PM: Earthquake and Preparedness Workshop - Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and Pacific Tsunami Museum present a workshop on what the hazards are and how businesses can prepare. Includes a tabletop exercise. Limited seating. Workshop fee (includes light refreshments) $7 for DIA members/$12 for non-members. Please make reservations by March 30th
œ April 14, 2012, 9:00AM-2:00PM: Mauka to Makai Clean Water Festival - City and County sponsored event at the Waikiki Aquarium with educational activities and displays, hands-on, interactive games, and more for families and kids.
œ April 20, 2012, 12:00PM-1:00PM: Pacific Guardian Center Earth Day Celebration - NOAA exhibit at the Pacific Guardian Center in downtown Honolulu.
œ April 20, 2012, 9:00AM-2:00PM: Molokai Earth Day Celebration at the Mitchell Pauole Community center. NOAA offices will host a booth and provide preparedness information.
œ April 20, 2012, 9:00AM-4:00PM: Hawaii Community College 24th Annual Earth Day Fair - Free event for the public with 50 booths and exhibits to celebrate Earth Day at Hawaii Community College-Manono Campus near cafeteria, Hilo
œ April 21, 2012, 8:00AM-11:00PM: C-MORE Ocean Science and Career Day - A display will showcase NOAA science and careers in the Pacific.
œ April 21, 2012, 9:00AM-2:00PM: YMCA Healthy Kids Day - YMCA of Honolulu Healthy Kids day is a free fun filled day full of activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. NWS will host a booth and provide preparedness material.
NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. NOAA's vision is to create an informed society that uses a comprehensive understanding of the role of the ocean, coasts, and atmosphere in the global ecosystem to make the best social and economic decisions.
For more information, visit NOAA's website.
Hawaii State Civil Defense leads the state in prevention, protection, and rapid assistance during disasters with a full range of resources and effective partnerships.
For more information, visit the State Civil Defense website.