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Regional Tsunami Exercises to be conducted in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions on March 17, 2016: Register Now!

On March 17, 2016, the annual Caribbean and Adjacent Regions Tsunami Exercise, CARIBE WAVE, will take place. UNESCO, the U.S. National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP), in the case of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, together with other regional organizations, are providing the framework. This exercise is a means for emergency responders throughout the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions serviced by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), to test and update tsunami response plans with their at risk communities. The scenarios are based on tsunamis generated by major earthquakes located off the coast of Venezuela (14h00 UTC) and the second off the north coast of Hispaniola (15h00).

The initial kick off message will be issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) over all standard broadcast channels to test communications and begin the exercise. It will be the only exercise message broadcast from the PTWC excluding special simulated email messages to officially designated Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFPs) and National Tsunami Warning Centers.

Each of the 48 Member States and Territories of the UNESCO IOC Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS) will decide the level of participation and coordinate the corresponding activities within their jurisdictions. In the U.S., the San Juan Weather Forecast Office of the National Weather Service, the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network are the points of contact for local activities. The Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program and the Caribbean Tsunami Information Center will be providing regional support. The exercise handbooks, as well as additional background materials and the links for registration and evaluation, are posted at High levels of vulnerability and risk to life and livelihoods from tsunamis along the Caribbean and Adjacent regions should provide a strong incentive for countries and communities to prepare for a tsunami and participate in this exercise.

Register today for the CARIBE WAVE 2016 exercise!


UNESCO CARIBE EWS Member States and Territories

Antigua and Barbuda* Bahamas
Barbados Belize Brazil**
Colombia Costa Rica Cuba
Dominica Dominican Republic
France (Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Saint Martin, St. Barthelemy)
Grenada Guatemala Guyana
Haiti Honduras
Jamaica Mexico
Netherlands (Aruba***, Bonaire, Curaçao***, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten***)
Nicaragua Panama
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (Anguilla***, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands***, Cayman Islands***, Montserrat***, Turks and Caicos)
United States (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

*not an IOC Member State

**Designations of Tsunami National Contacts and Tsunami Warning Focal Points pending

***UNESCO Associate Member States participating at IOC CARIBE EWS

Observer Member States of UNESCO CARIBE EWS

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