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COPE Books for Children: Tsunamis

Learn about how to be prepared for a tsunami in this illustrated book for children from COPE and United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction.
Cover of the Tsunamis book
The cover of COPE Tsunamis book


The COPE squad, Candy, Ollie, Ping and Eddy are a team of disaster risk reduction agents travelling all over the world to teach children how to be ready and prepared for natural hazards and disasters.

In this book, the COPE squad teaches children how to be prepared for tsunamis. Tsunamis are large ocean waves caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption. They can travel 970 km/h, or as fast as an airplane! Tsunamis can reach 35m high, as high as a 10-floor block of flats! Learn more about how to be prepared for tsunamis with this illustrated book.

Make the difference, be ready!

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The COPE Squad explains what to do during a Tsunami. Image credit: Martha Keswick, Mariko Jesse, Timothy Sim.

About this book

COPE teamed up with the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction to write a booklet to commemorate World Tsunami Awareness Day. COPE’s mission is to teach children and their families how to prepare for Tsunamis – Get up to High Ground or Tall Buildings.

According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, children have a vital role in strengthening community resilience. COPE books have been developed in response to that call to empower children.

This child-friendly booklet is for kids 6-12 years old to generate tsunami awareness through animated characters and simple but strong messages.

COPE is a series of illustrated, not for profit storybooks created in 2018 by author Martha Keswick, award-winning illustrator Mariko Jesse and global disaster risk reduction expert Dr Timothy Sim.

Join Candy, Ollie, Ping and Eddy as they learn all about tsunami’s and how to be ready and prepared in an emergency.

Listen to this interview with COPE creator Martha Keswick to learn more about the book series, how and why it was created, and its impact.

For more information about COPE Disaster Champions contact: Christine Messervy [email protected]

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