A full communications test will be conducted in Barbados on Thursday, March 15, as the island seeks its first UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition.
The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will be testing the Common Alerting Protocols (CAP), through the CAP application on cellular phones, email alerts and radio interrupts across the 90.1 FM, 98.1 The One FM, SLAM 101.1 FM and Y 103.3 FM radio stations.
The tests are being conducted as part of activities to mark Caribe Wave 2018, an annual exercise designed to assist tsunami preparedness efforts throughout the Caribbean region.
Persons who have not yet signed up to receive email notifications are encouraged to do so by visiting www.dem.gov.bb and following the prompts. Alternatively, they can also download the CAP.CAP application for Android devices from the Google Play Store, or the CAPCAP or OPTIMIT for Apple devices through the Apple Store.
In addition, evacuation drills of the Holetown, St. James community will be carried out. As a result, officials at the DEM are advising that there will be an increase in activity in and around Holetown during the morning of Thursday, March 15. Members of the public have been reassured that there is no need for alarm.
Barbados is presently marking Tsunami and Earthquake Smart Month which runs from March 1 to 31, under the theme: Road to Tsunami Recognition.