Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan

The Tofino Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan is now complete. 

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Background

Tofino's coastal landscape means that the District is exposed to coastal flood hazards, including tsunami and weather driven events with storm surge.  These hazards are further heightened by climate change and rising sea levels.

In recent years, the District of Tofino has received funding from the Province of British Columbia through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund and from the Government of Canada through the National Disaster Mitigation Program to undertake a series of projects to support the goal of better understanding coastal risks, and to enhance the resiliency of our community in responding to emergencies.  On May 10, 2019, the District was successful in its grant application to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) for a Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan project estimated at $150,000. 

The development of a Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan is an important aspect of the risk reduction process that delivers a comprehensive and actionable tsunami risk mitigation plan for Tofino.  The plan was developed by working with the community and stakeholders to identify preferred mitigation options for reducing the severity of the consequences for both proximal and distal tsunamis.

In particular, the project supports regional and local scale flood hazard land use planning and policy development, emergency planning, and publich outreach efforts with the goal of helping protect homes, businesses, and livelihoods from potential tsunami flood damage.

Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan

The Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan provides an actionable path forward for further tsunami risk reduction in Tofino. This plan is based on past studies and input from community stakeholders and an advisory group, and outlines specific projects that can be completed by the Tofino community to reduce tsunami risk.

The project is summarized in two documents:  The Tsunami-Smart Road Map and the Tofino Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan.  The Tsunami-Smart Road Map is a high-level plan for tsunami risk mitigation for the short, medium and long terms in the District of Tofino. 

The Tofino Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan identifies a number of potential projects to be undertaken in support of tsunami risk mitigation.  These include:

  1.   Improved Evacuation Signage - high priority
  2.   Annual Evacuation Drill - high priority
  3.   Expanded Visitor Education & Staff Training - high priority
  4.   Improved Evacuation Routes - medium priority
  5.   Knowledge Generation & Implementation Support - medium priority
  6.   Land-Use Planning Tools - medium priority
  7.   Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structure - low priority
  8.   Expanded Last-Mile Public Alerting - low priority

The projects outlined above will be reviewed in detail by the Emergency Program Executive Committee and may be incorporated into future strategic and financial plans and the District’s yearly budgeting process.

Timeline & Reference

The District of Tofino partnered with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. to undertake the development of a Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan for Tofino. The project was developed over a 9 month period from September 2019 to May 2020 and involved a variety of opportunities for residents and visitors to participate and provide input.  

For reference, see the staff reports to Council included below:

Completed Projects

To learn more about projects completed on local coastal flood mapping and risk assessment, click on the studies below: 


FAQ

Where can I find more information on tsunamis?

To read more about the different types of tsunami alerts, the differences between a local and distant tsunami, and where to get more information about these types of events, visit www.tofino.ca/tsunami-information.  

What are some of the tsunami risk mitigation options for Tofino?

The Tofino Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan identifies a number of potential projects to be undertaken in support of tsunami risk mitigation.  These include:

  1.   Improved Evacuation Signage - high priority
  2.   Annual Evacuation Drill - high priority
  3.   Expanded Visitor Education & Staff Training - high priority
  4.   Improved Evacuation Routes - medium priority
  5.   Knowledge Generation & Implementation Support - medium priority
  6.   Land-Use Planning Tools - medium priority
  7.   Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structure - low priority
  8.   Expanded Last-Mile Public Alerting - low priority

For more information on potential risk mitigation options for Tofino, see the Tsunami-Smart Road Map and Tsunami Risk Mitigation Plan included above.


Contact

Keith Orchiston, Emergency Program Coordinator
(T) 250-725-3229
(E) korchiston@tofino.ca