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USGS Open-File Report 2013–1170 and CGS Special Report 229, Chapter M

Public-Policy Issues Associated with the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario

By Laurie A. Johnson and Charles R. Real

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The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) tsunami scenario simulates a tsunami generated by a hypothetical magnitude 9.1 earthquake that occurs offshore of the Alaska Peninsula (Kirby and others, 2013). In addition to the work performed by the authors on public-policy issues associated with the SAFRR tsunami scenario, this section of the scenario also reflects the policy discussions of the State of California’s Tsunami Policy Work Group, a voluntary advisory body formed in October 2011, which operates under the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), Department of Conservation, and is charged with identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations to resolve issues that are preventing full and effective implementation of tsunami hazard mitigation and risk reduction throughout California’s coastal communities. It also presents the analyses of plans and hazard policies of California’s coastal counties, incorporated cities, and major ports performed by the staff of the California Geological Survey (CGS) and Lauren Prehoda, Office of Environmental and Government Affairs, California Department of Conservation. It also draws on the policy framework and assessment prepared for the ARkStorm Pacific Coast winter storm and catastrophic flooding (Topping and others, 2010). This chapter was peer-reviewed by Robert Olson, Robert Olson and Associates, and Martin Eskijian, consulting engineer.

First posted September 3, 2013

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Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR)

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Johnson, L.A., and Real, C.R., 2013, Public-policy issues associated with the SAFRR tsunami scenario, chap. M in Ross, S.L., and Jones, L.M., eds., The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1170, 39 p.,



Policymaking Overview

U.S. and California Tsunami and Disaster Management Policy Framework

Overarching Policy Consideration

Priority Policy Issues: Mitigation and Preparedness

Priority Policy Issues: Response

Priority Policy Issues: Recovery

Priority Policy Issues: Risk Awareness

Possible Courses of Action

References Cited

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