Evaluating tsunami education in coastal Washington, USA: A 2001-2012 review

D. Johnston, V. Johnson, J. Becker, G. Leonard, S. Fraser, W. Saunders, K. Wright, D. Paton, C. Gregg, B. Houghton, J. Schelling, D. Nelson, G. Crawford, B. Walker, N. Wood

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Abstract

Improving the response capacity of coastal communities at risk to tsunami presents an on-going challenge. To meet this challenge Washington State Emergency Management has supported the development of an evaluation program since 2001 to monitor and continually improve its earthquake and tsunami education and preparedness programs. The overall conclusion of the initial studies was that the hazard education program up to that time had been successful in terms of promoting awareness of and access to information about tsunami hazard among the residents. However, despite success in disseminating hazard information, levels of preparedness were recorded at low to moderate levels. Following the initial evaluation a range of educational materials and outreach initiatives were developed to address the key research findings and ongoing evaluations have tracked changes in community preparedness. Our research and education has used multiple research and outreach approaches to bring about measureable change in the earthquake and tsunami preparedness of coastal Washington residents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNCEE 2014 - 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFrontiers of Earthquake Engineering
PublisherEarthquake Engineering Research Institute
Pages-
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, NCEE 2014 - Anchorage, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201425 Jul 2014

Conference

Conference10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, NCEE 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage
Period21/07/1425/07/14

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    Johnston, D., Johnson, V., Becker, J., Leonard, G., Fraser, S., Saunders, W., Wright, K., Paton, D., Gregg, C., Houghton, B., Schelling, J., Nelson, D., Crawford, G., Walker, B., & Wood, N. (2014). Evaluating tsunami education in coastal Washington, USA: A 2001-2012 review. In NCEE 2014 - 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering (pp. -). Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. https://doi.org/10.4231/D3R785P89