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CARIBE WAVE 21 -TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE

 

On Thursday 11th March 2021 Trinidad and Tobago participated in Caribe Wave 21 which is an annual regional tsunami preparedness exercise. This is conducted under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), as they commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, which caused a deadly and devastating surge on the north-eastern coast of the island of Honshu, leading to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The purpose of the exercise is to assess local tsunami response plans, increase preparedness for such events and improve overall coordination. The ODPM is working closely with local agencies to test the procedures of the tsunami warning system and identify the operational strengths and weaknesses.

To maintain a high level of preparedness, national tsunami warning centres and civil protection authorities must regularly test their emergency response procedures through practice. This includes ensuring that vital communication links are operational, that response personnel are fully aware of their role and able to act with the utmost urgency during such an event.

 

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