Reduction of tsunami disasters in a region and a community is attained with a comprehensive approach involving the integration of land use planning, construction of coastal protection facilities and measures for increasing the people's self-protecting capability against disasters. It is important to implement evacuation drills for various conceivable situations, such as when elementary and junior high school students are on the way home from school, because tsunamis may strike at any time. In particular, the brochure can be easily understood by children, who will be future disaster managers in the community and who can disseminate the information among their family members.
Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan (MLIT) prepared the Japanese manual for tsunami disaster management map.
The exploratory committee on Guideline for Development and Utilization of Tsunami Disaster Management Map prepared a draft version of this guideline by referring to Japan's Tsunami and Storm Surge Hazard Map Manual.
If topographic data on land is available, moreover, the tsunami inundation areas are estimated with the numerical simulations.


A tsunami disaster management map is a good tool to investigate and establish comprehensive disaster mitigation system, since it provides necessary graphical information to manage tsunami disasters and minimize damage in the region as well as regional tsunami hazards and vulnerability.
This guideline aims to assist developing countries, in particular countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and of ASEAN, in developing and utilizing the tsunami disaster management maps.
To effectively promote residents' understanding of tsunamis and their disasters, the Susaki City Government in Kochi Prefecture has prepared "Our Town and the Nankai Earthquake and Tsunami - Let's Learn about Tsunami," to enhance the disaster prevention ability of communities. Information of evacuation sites and places as well as inundation area and striking time of the expected tsunami results in identifying areas where it is difficult for people to evacuate, and planning of residents' and other persons' evacuation. Tsunami disaster management maps indicate tsunami hazards and vulnerability in the region and community as well as countermeasures against the tsunamis.
Information on the map is recommended to be presented in a comprehensive but easy to understand manner.


First step:To indicate inundation areas predicted by numerical simulations with possible tsunamis and by investigations of historical tsunami damage records.
In recent numerical simulations, the effect of structures such as protection works and coastal buildings in tsunami reduction can be considered, using structure data that is obtained from airborne surveys. If bathymetric data and tsunami scenarios to determine the tsunamis striking the community are prepared, numerical simulation can provide a tsunami hitting coasts from the tsunami source. Workshops are effective for encouraging residents to participate in preparing tsunami disaster management maps, because it helps promote the residents' understanding and applications of the map.



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