The TsunamiReady pilot program (external link to the project website) was established on June 20, 2001 under the aegis of the US National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Tsunami Ready aims to ensure greater awareness of tsunami risk and more efficient tsunami risk management by coastal communities, called to take an active role in the definition and implementation of tsunami mitigation measures.
The IOC/UNESCO, assuming the programme as one of its trend topic, has developed international guidelines for the accreditation procedure of individual municipalities wishing to be declared "Tsunami Ready". The international guidelines, developed on the basis of decades of experience in protecting coastal populations from tsunami risk, have been tested in the different realities making up the highest risk areas of the world
INGV and the Civil Protection Department are launching the first initiatives to verify the applicability of the project to the Italian reality. To date, procedures will be started on some pilot municipalities.
The following table shows the indicators of the Tsunami Ready program. A municipality is recognized Tsunami Ready following the achievement of the indicators in the table and once the approval of the Local Board and National Board has been obtained.