2015 US Code
Title 33 - Navigation and Navigable Waters (Sections 1 - 4009)
Chapter 45 - Tsunami Warning and Education (Sections 3201 - 3207)
Sec. 3202 - Purposes

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Publication TitleUnited States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 3, Title 33 - NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
CategoryBills and Statutes
CollectionUnited States Code
SuDoc Class NumberY 1.2/5:
Sec. 3202 - Purposes
Containssection 3202
Laws In Effect As Of DateJanuary 3, 2016
Positive LawNo
Source CreditPub. L. 109-424, §3, Dec. 20, 2006, 120 Stat. 2902; Pub. L. 109-479, title VIII, §803, Jan. 12, 2007, 120 Stat. 3653.
Statutes at Large Reference120 Stat. 2902, 3653
Public and Private LawPublic Law 109-424, Public Law 109-479

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33 U.S.C. § 3202 (2015)

§3202. Purposes

The purposes of this chapter are—

(1) to improve tsunami detection, forecasting, warnings, notification, outreach, and mitigation to protect life and property in the United States;

(2) to enhance and modernize the existing Pacific Tsunami Warning System to increase coverage, reduce false alarms, and increase the accuracy of forecasts and warnings, and to expand detection and warning systems to include other vulnerable States and United States territories, including the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico areas;

(3) to improve mapping, modeling, research, and assessment efforts to improve tsunami detection, forecasting, warnings, notification, outreach, mitigation, response, and recovery;

(4) to improve and increase education and outreach activities and ensure that those receiving tsunami warnings and the at-risk public know what to do when a tsunami is approaching;

(5) to provide technical and other assistance to speed international efforts to establish regional tsunami warning systems in vulnerable areas worldwide, including the Indian Ocean; and

(6) to improve Federal, State, and international coordination for detection, warnings, and outreach for tsunami and other coastal impacts.

(Pub. L. 109–424, §3, Dec. 20, 2006, 120 Stat. 2902; Pub. L. 109–479, title VIII, §803, Jan. 12, 2007, 120 Stat. 3653.)


Pub. L. 109–424 and title VIII of Pub. L. 109–479 enacted substantially identical sections. This section is based on the text of section 803 of Pub. L. 109–479.

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