• PM releases National Disaster Management Plan

    The plan aims to make India disaster resilient and reduce loss of lives

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP). This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country.

    It aims to make India disaster resilient and significantly reduce the loss of lives and assets. The plan is based on the four priority themes of the “Sendai Framework,” namely: understanding disaster risk, improving disaster risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction (through structural and non-structural measures) and disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a disaster.

  • Senate Unanimously Passes Tsunami Act

    Senator Schatz made the announcement Wednesday, noting that the passed Act will strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tsunami warning system and advance new research that could improve tsunami detection, forecasting, notification, and response. “Our bill strengthens the national tsunami forecasting program and stabilizes funding available for tsunami warnings and preparedness.  It also gives communities the ability to focus on the particular risks they face.  In Hawai‘i, that means securing our ports, preparing for the specific impacts to areas with a concentration of high rise buildings, like Waikiki, and looking to Hawai‘i’s geological past to identify possible tsunami threats in the future,” said Senator Schatz.  “The earthquake in Chile last month underlines the importance of strengthening tsunami forecasting and preparedness for Hawai‘i.” Under the Act, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program is also reauthorized. The program provides funding to coastal states for preparedness activities like inundation mapping, disaster planning, and tsunami education.

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