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Caribe Wave 2018

Tsunami Exercise for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions on the 15th March, 2018.

  

The National Emergency Management Organisation participated in the annual Tsunami Exercise for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions on the 15th March, 2018.

Areas of focus for the exercise were Kingstown and Clare Valley. Evacuation drills were carried out at Roseplace Community, the Kingstown Anglican School, the Clare Valley Primary School and Community.

The exercise commenced at 10am and culminated at around 2 pm in the afternoon with a debriefing.  The planned scenario for the exercise consisted of a tsunami generated by a magnitude 8.6 earthquake located off the eastern coast of Barbados with possible waves affecting the southern part of the country.

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 was utilized to inform the schools and communities. After receiving the first alert through this system from the emergency operations centre (EOC) at the National Emergency Management Organisation, students and teachers of the Kingstown Anglican School and Clare Valley performed the drop, cover and hold on safety drill. Additionally members of both Roseplace and Clare Valley communities were seen on alert when they were informed. Key persons alerted the Roseplace community using megaphones and Clare Valley residents were alerted by the blowing of a conch shell.

Children and teachers of the Kingstown Anglican School were evacuated to the Victoria Park for the purpose of the exercise while those in Clare Valley went to the goat hill area. The Roseplace community participants were evacuated to the Faith Temple Church at Old Montrose.

A debriefing was conducted following the end of the exercise to discuss what went well and what did not and some recommendations highlighted for the way forward.