Twenty-six educational institutions in Antigua will participate in an annual international tsunami exercise called Caribe Wave on Tuesday 21st March facilitated by the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).
The activity will simulate a major earthquake and tsunami. The 26 participating schools are located in the tsunami impact zone and will be required to evacuate to their designated safe areas. This exercise will help these institutions test their evacuation preparedness plan and motivate those that do not have a plan to begin developing one.
NODS is advising residents that only these schools will take part in the exercise.
Caribe Wave 2017 is sponsored by the UNESCO/IOC Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the institution of the Central American Integration System for natural disaster and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
It provides an opportunity for disaster management offices to review their tsunami response procedures, test their operational lines of communications and promote tsunami preparednes.
A number of agencies like the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Police and Fire Departments, and the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross will offer technical support along with District Disaster Coordinators and volunteers from the community.