The National Weather Service Tsunami Program
Then and Now

Rocky Lopes
Deputy Program Manager for Stakeholder Engagement
NOAA/National Weather Service Tsunami Program

Christa Rabenold 
Mitgation Specialist
NOAA/National Weather Service Tsunami Program

March 19, 2014

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Related Web Resources:
National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Website
Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 23-29
1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis
NOAA Tsunami Website
NTHMP Publications
Tsunami Warnings via Wireless Emergency Alerts Fact Sheet
TsunamiReady™ Program

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"Another organization that provides warnings is Code Red ( which is available for SmartPhones.  It can be accessed at  They include tsunami warnings as well as other info such as amber alerts, etc. Go to for the mobile app."
Allen Roark, MCEM
Mississippi State Emergency Management

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Rocky Lopes has over 28 years of experience in the emergency management profession and has been noted for pioneering work in risk communication and disaster preparedness. His past work includes serving as the Manager of Community Disaster Education at the American Red Cross National Headquarters where he led development of innovative materials, methods, applications, and training on outreach and education led by the Red Cross nationwide. His accomplishments earned world-wide recognition.

Lopes has been working as a Contractor at the NOAA/National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland since 2010 where he serves as Deputy Program Manager for Stakeholder Engagement in the Tsunami Program. His work involves all aspects of collaboration with state, tribal, territorial, commonwealth, and municipal emergency managers and scientists through active support of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP), NOAA NTHMP Grants Program, and the TsunamiReady™ Program. Lopes also serves as the Awards Chair for the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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Christa Rabenold is the mitigation specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service Tsunami Program (under contract to Syneren Technologies). Previously, she worked as a coastal management and hazards specialist with NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

Prior to her work with NOAA, she was involved in state and local hazard mitigation planning for AMEC Earth and Environmental and served as the editor at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Christa is a certified floodplain manager and has a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on hazards and emergency management.

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