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Residents and businesses across Barbados are encouraged to take part in the National Earthquake Preparedness Day on Friday, March 4.

This forms part of the activities to mark Coastal Hazards and Earthquake Smart Month, which begins on Tuesday, March 1, and runs until Thursday, March 31.  

It is being hosted by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), in collaboration with the Technical Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards. The activity is designed to sensitise the public about the importance of earthquake and coastal hazard preparedness.

On March 4, a national alert will be sent at 10:00 a.m. to mobile phones via the Cap.Cap app, and members of the public will be asked to set alarms and choose how they decide to signal the earthquake simulation.

At that time, persons are expected to practise earthquake procedures for their home or office; record video footage and upload to social media.  They should tag the DEM on Facebook and Instagram, at dem.barbados, and Twitter, at dem_barbados, using the hashtag #EarthquakeReady.

Persons who require additional information may call the DEM at 438-7575, or send an email to shanice.forte@barbados.gov.bb, and copy to deminfo@barbados.gov.bb.

julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb

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