Tsunami Task Force Holds Meeting to Finalize Tsunami Management Plan
In light of constant earthquakes and volcanic activity occurring in the Caribbean region, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has decided to initiate the formation of a Tsunami Task Force for Dominica.
The ODM said efforts at formalizing a Tsunami Task Force began in 2009 with a series of meetings between 2010 and 2011 but is now saying that the reconvening of the Task Force is top priority, after being stagnant for some time.
Programme Officer and Geologist in the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), Mr. Mandela Christian says this tsunami task force was created to establish a clear set of protocols that would be followed in the event of a tsunami in Dominica.
He added that we in the Caribbean are very much at risk like in Japan, as we have the same contributing factors in terms of converging plate movement which can cause tsunamis.
Mr. Christian also said that there are underwater volcanoes in the Caribbean which if at any time one erupts will cause a tsunami.
Mr. Christian says this is one of the main reasons they had a meeting with various stakeholders on Thursday September 27th to finalize the tsunami management plan which is very important to Dominica.
The Geologist added that at the meeting they dealt with dissemination of information, communication, preparedness, readiness and resilience.
He said after these things are done the next step will be working on awareness, and infrastructure in addition to other ways to deal with tsunami hazards.
These initiatives are being done in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions.
The ODM will also form and commission the Tsunami Task Force sub committees and schedule a separate meeting to plan for CARIBWAVE 2013 Simulation Exercise, carded for March 20, 2013.
They also believe that through synchronized and coordinated efforts and use of available resources to prepare and build resilience, tsunami threats to the region can be efficiently managed and mitigated against.