CARIBE WAVE is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS). Its major objective is for countries, emergency management stakeholders and communities at risk to test, validate and update their tsunami response plans.
When is CARIBE WAVE 2017?
The annual Tsunami Regional Exercise, Caribe Wave 2017, will take place on March 21, 2017. Register today to participate in this exercise.
Which scenario will be used for CARIBE WAVE 2017?
For CARIBE WAVE 2017 three different scenarios will be simulated. Each country will choose the one that best fits their objectives. The first scenario simulates a magnitude 7.9 earthquake generated off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The second scenario is an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the Southeastern coast of Cuba. The third scenario is a magnitude 8.5 earthquake Northeast of the Lesser Antilles.
What communication systems will be tested in this exercise?
The initial message will be issued at 1400 UTC by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) throughout all the regular broadcast channels to test communication systems and to start the exercise. Also, the PTWC will issue simulated messages for each of the scenarios to the UNESCO officially designated Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFPs) and National Tsunami Warning Centers. Each country and territory will decide if and how messages will be disseminated within its area of responsibility.
Which agencies are participating in CARIBE WAVE 17?
Each one of the 48 countries and territories members of CARIBE EWS will decide the level of participation and coordinate the corresponding activities within their jurisdiction.
Why should I participate in this exercise?
The vulnerability and the risk of loss of life and welfare from a tsunami along the coasts of the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions should be a big motivation for our communities and countries to be prepared for a tsunami and participate in this exercise.
The exercise guidelines, other related materials and links for registration are available at caribewave.info.
UNESCO CARIBE EWS Member States and Territories
|Antigua and Barbuda*||Bahamas|
|France (Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Saint Martin, St. Barthelemy)|
|Netherlands (Aruba***, Bonaire, Curaçao***, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten***)|
|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