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Designing for Tsunamis


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) logoThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produced this guide as part of its National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The purpose of the design guidelines is to help coastal communities in the five Pacific state (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) understand their tsunami hazards, exposure, and vulnerability, and to mitigate the resulting risk through land use planning, site planning, and building design.

The guidelines are intended for use by local elected, appointed, and administrative officials involved in planning, zoning, building regulation, community redevelopment, and related land use and development functions in coastal communities. The guidelines should also be helpful to state officials having similar responsibilities.

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