Road To Tsunami Recognition: The Holetown Pilot

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Holetown, St. James is poised to create history by becoming the first community in Barbados to receive the UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition. Come Thursday, March 15, the western community will take centre stage in this year’s annual Caribe Wave 2018 exercise as it seeks to fulfill the requirements of becoming tsunami ready. Director of the Department …

No Tsunami Alert Issued For Barbados

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No tsunami alerts have been issued for Barbados. This assurance has come from Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, and the Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services, Sonia Nurse, in the wake of a circulating Whatsapp message stating that Barbados was among over 30 countries under tsunami alert following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica. Ms. …

Tsunami Recognition Status For Holetown

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Holetown, St. James is poised to become the first community in Barbados to achieve the UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition. Over the next five months, the Holetown community will engage in the process that would involve them looking at a range of mitigation, preparedness and response measures to the hazards. This was disclosed today by Director of …

Schools To Learn About Tsunamis

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As part of the ongoing activities to mark Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Month 2017, the Department Of Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad, will host a series of school sensitisation sessions this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28, the team will visit Coleridge and Parry School, Speightstown, St. Peter, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; All Saints …

Only MET Office To Issue Warnings

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The decision on whether or not to issue a tsunami warning for Barbados rests solely with the Barbados Meteorological Service (MET Office). This point was underscored by Senior Meteorologist of the Barbados MET Office, Clairmont Williams, during a recent press conference at the Department of Emergency Management to launch Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Month 2017. “As the warning focal point …

Barbados Working On CAP System

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Barbados is working on developing a Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to share messages with the population and emergency response teams during a hazard. This was disclosed by Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as she addressed a press conference to launch Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Month 2017 recently. Ms. Hinds explained that the new system would allow …

Barbadians More Aware Of Hazards

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Residents of Barbados are now more aware of the earthquake and tsunami hazards than in previous years. However, according to Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, there is still much work to be done in creating more awareness. “Over the last couple of years, we recognised that there is a greater level of awareness by the …

Barbados’ First Tsunami Sign Erected

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Barbados now has its first Tsunami Smart sign, taking the country a step further in educating residents and creating awareness about the tsunami hazard. Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, joined by her staff, unveiled the sign at Martin’s Bay, St. John, yesterday, and engaged visitors and locals in short information sessions about the hazard. “The Tsunami …