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Are we tsunami ready?Are we tsunami ready?

Help Kauai Community Health Alliance (KCHA) fund a task force in order to:


Schools, playgrounds, medical services, and homes are built in areas on Kauai that are vulnerable to tsunamis. KCHA intends to implement a Tsunami-Ready initiative that will be designed to help our vulnerable communities.

KCHA Believes We Need To:

About Tsunamis

Tsunamis are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. A tsunami can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open ocean and smash into land with waves as high as 100 feet or more.

Areas are at greater risk if they are less than 25 feet above sea level and within a mile of the shoreline. That would affect most people on Kauai. Drowning is the most common cause of death associated with a tsunami. Tsunami waves and the receding water are very destructive to structures in the run-up zone. Other hazards include flooding, contamination of drinking water, and fires from gas lines or ruptured tanks.

Know the Terms


An earthquake has occurred in the Pacific basin, which might generate a tsunami.


A tsunami was or may have been generated, but is at least two hours travel time to the area in Watch status.


A tsunami was, or may have been generated, which could cause damage; therefore, people in the warned area are strongly advised to evacuate.

A few Simple Things You Can Do To Be Prepared

Fund a Need



Phase One: Assessment and integration of services


Community Education


Total Cost



Help Kauai Community Health Alliance fund a Tsunami-Ready task force. Please contact Jim Winkler if you are interested in supporting this healthcare initiative by calling 808-828-2885, or emailing winkler@kauai-medical.org

Alternatively, donations can be made online right now. Thanks for contributing to your communities healthcare needs.

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