Tsunami Evacuation During COVID-19: A Guide for School Administrators

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Date published
18 Nov 2020
Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, Early warning, Disasters, COVID-19, Epidemics & pandemics, Tsunamis, Education, National Disaster Management Authority
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to disaster preparedness and response. In planning safe evacuation from disaster events, physical distancing and hygiene practices need to be observed. As a result, disaster and tsunami preparedness plans need to be reviewed and updated to address the challenges brought about by the current pandemic. In view of this, UNDRR and UNDP have developed this Guide for School Administrators, based on best practices from Japan and elsewhere.

This Guide complements the 2019 Regional Guide for Schools to Prepare for Tsunamis. The Guide proposes additional measures that School Administrators need to implement in tsunami evacuation centres.

The Guide provides step by step instructions for School Administrators to take prior to an emergency, during the evacuation and within the evacuation centre, with the view to prevent the spread of infectious diseases during a tsunami event. The Guide is divided into three main sections:

  • Updated facts from recent Tsunami and disaster events
  • Challenges associated with COVID-19 and additional evacuation measures
  • Checklist for school evacuation centres in view of COVID-19.
UNDP, UNDRR & The Government of Japan