Bringing Tsunami Preparedness to Maine

With a grant from the NOAA National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a comprehensive tsunami response plan was developed for Maine’s Boothbay Harbor. The tsunami-warning protocol ensures that detection of any threat is communicated as efficiently as possible. Tsunami education outreach efforts targeted harbormasters, local coastal officials, boaters, commercial fishers, and schoolchildren and their families.

In 2008, a possible meteorological tsunami, an event generated by squalls or other dramatic air pressure changes, unexpectedly struck Maine’s Boothbay Harbor with waves as high as 12 feet. Historical research revealed that several tsunamis had impacted Maine’s coast since the late nineteenth century. Officials thought it would be a life-saving idea to bring tsunami awareness and preparedness to the forefront. (2016)

Partners: Maine Emergency Management Agency, Washington County Emergency Management Agency, NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office, West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center