On Thursday March 17, 2016, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) will join the rest of the region in participating in the annual “CARIBE WAVE/Lantex 16 Simulation Exercise."
As part of our local participation, NEMO will host a one-day orientation exercise to test the Draft Tsunami Warning Protocols for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as the Crisis Communication Plan (CCP) and Disaster Contingency Plan (DCP) for the Ministry of Tourism, during the “Caribbean Tsunami Warning Exercise.”
The exercise will provide the opportunity for all first responder organizations to drill and practice their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for a tsunami. It will also provide the opportunity for the key stakeholders within the Ministry of Tourism to practice their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Tsunami response. The Radio Data System (RDS) will also be tested as part of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Emergency Warning System during the ‘Caribbean Tsunami Warning Exercise’ The exercise will commence at 8:30 a.m. at NEMO’s Conference Room.
The “Caribbean Tsunami Warning Exercise” is being conducted to assist tsunami preparedness efforts throughout the Caribbean region. Recent tsunamis, such as those in the Chile (2010, 2014, 2015), and Japan (2011), attest to the importance of proper planning for tsunami response.
The Caribe Wave Exercise’ is a tsunami response exercise organized to enhance the regional tsunami early warning system. This exercise is organized by the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Caribbean Regional Stakeholders (CEPREDENAC, CDEMA, and EMIZ).
The RDS System was installed under the UNDP Common Alerting Protocol Emergency Warning System Project and the communities of Union Island, Owia, Chateaubelair and Rose Place are the first beneficiaries of this project.