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UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission granted “Tsunami Ready” recognition to the first communities in the Indian Ocean region.

Tsunami Ready
•    Since 2015, UNESCO implements the Tsunami Ready (“Tsu Ready”) programme with villages in vulnerable coastal areas.
•    The main objective of the programme is to improve coastal community preparedness for tsunami emergencies and minimise loss of life and property.
•    Two villages of Odisha have been designated as ‘Tsunami Ready’ for their preparedness by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
•    Venkatraipur (Boxipalli) in Ganjam and Noliasahi in Jagatsinghpur district has received the certificate of recognition in a virtual event. The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) implemented the ‘Tsunami Ready Programme’ in the two villages.
•    India has become the first country to implement ‘Tsunami Ready’ in the Indian Ocean Region.
•    The recognition for both the villages adhering to the 11 point indicators to claim to be tsunami ready like: Community tsunami risk reduction plan, designated and mapped tsunami hazard zones, public display of tsunami information, easily understood tsunami evacuation maps, outreach and public education materials, three outreach or educational activities annually, conduct an annual tsunami community exercise, address tsunami hazards in the community’s emergency operations plan, supporting the emergency operations centre during a tsunami, reliable means for a 24-hour warning point to receive official tsunami threats and issue round the clock tsunami alerts to the public.

    Such initiatives are likely to be promoted the early risk mitigation practices. Early preparedness can yield out positive impact on human fatalities.
    People awareness and engagement with people may Minimise the catastrophic impacts of Tsunami.

Implementation in India
    Tsunami Ready in India is implemented by the National Board (Ministry of Earth Sciences- MoES) under the Chairmanship of Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Centre (INCOIS) with members drawn from MoES, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Andaman & Nicobar Islands Directorate of Disaster Management (DDM) and INCOIS.