On Thursday March 15, 2018, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) will join the rest of the region in participating in “CARIBE WAVE 18”, the annual Tsunami Warning Exercise for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions.
Exercise CARIBE WAVE will have three hypothetical scenarios which simulate a tsunami generated by earthquakes located along the Southern Lesser Antilles, along the Caribbean coast of Colombia and off the West coast of Puerto Rico. St. Vincent and the Grenadines will participate in the exercise using the first scenario which simulates a tsunami generated by a magnitude Mw 8.6 earthquake located South of Barbados. Event origin time: 14:00:00 UTC or 10:00 a.m. local time.
The initial dummy messages for the three scenarios will be issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), which acts as the CARIBE-Early Warning System Tsunami Service Provider at 1400 UTC or 10:00 a.m. local time and will be disseminated over all its standard broadcast channels.
As part of our local participation, NEMO will conduct Tsunami Evacuation Drills with the Community of Rose Place, the Kingstown Anglican School, the Clare Valley Government School and Community.
At 10:00 a.m. after receiving the initial dummy message, the information will be relayed to the schools and communities. After receiving this message the schools and communities will activate their Tsunami Plans and evacuate to their designated muster or assemble points.
The National Emergency Management Organisation will also activate the National Emergency Operation Centre and also use the opportunity to test the National Tsunami Warning Protocols and also the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) System, which is a web based system for disseminating information to the public via email, smart phones, and radio interrupt.
Persons who are interested in receiving information disseminated by NEMO through the CAP System on their smart phones can download the Cap.Cap APP from Play Store or they can sign up to receive emails using the web link https://vct-secondary.capews.com/capews/public.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) wishes to inform the public that the Tsunami Warning Exercise which will take place on Thursday is a simulated exercise and the scenarios are not real and this exercise is not related to the activities that are taking place at the Kick ’em Jenny underwater volcano.
The Tsunami Warning Exercise will also be conducted as part of NEMO’s Communities and Schools Tsunami Project, under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA’s) Country Directed Fund which is funded by the European Union.