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The Survivors Tell Their Stories: The 2004 Sumatra and the 2006 Java Tsunamis in Indonesia


Approximately 27 minutes

Course Description:

The course “The Survivors Tell Their Stories: The 2004 Sumatra and 2006 Java Tsunamis in Indonesia” provides a re-telling of several personal tsunami survivor stories.  In addition, the role of storytelling in tsunami preparedness is discussed, as are various issues which still need to be addressed to ensure effective tsunami response.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100 from September 1, 2005 through February 28, 2009.  Since March 1, 2009, the project has been funded by FY 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program #2008-GE-T8-0022.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Describe selected methods of hazard risk assessment and all hazards planning.
  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of acute or delayed critical incident stress reaction among community members or responders.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the role of oral history in tsunami preparedness.
  2. Identify at least three issues which should be addressed to provide effective tsunami response.

Target Audiences:

Public health personnel, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, mental health personnel, social workers, and emergency medical services personnel


Walter C. Dudley, PHD
Dr. Dudley is currently a Professor of Marine Geology and Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and is the Principal Investigator for the Pacific Tsunami Outreach Project for NOAA, recording Alaska survivor stories. He is also the Director of the Kalakaua Marine Education Center, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Dr. Dudley has published numerous articles related to the topic at hand, and co-authored a book entitled Tsunami.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.