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VI conducts earthquake and tsunami response exercise

GIS - Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Staff of Sunsail, Footloose and The Moorings Charter Yacht Companies evacuating to rendezvous point. (Photos Courtesy of DDM)

Yesterday the Virgin Islands joined other localities in the Northwest Atlantic as a participant in LANTEX ’12, an earthquake and tsunami response exercise, that has been held annually since 2009.

This year’s exercise focused on testing the national alert and broadcasting system as well as the preparedness level. The exercise provided a simulated tsunami warning, watch and advisory messages from the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre (WCATWC) and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) based on a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that caused a large underwater landslide located SE of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina. As a result of this hazard impact a Tsunami warning was issued at 10:36 am.

This exercise provided an opportunity for individuals and organisations to test their plans and procedures, operational lines of communications and to promote earthquake/tsunami awareness and preparedness.

Training Officer at the DDM, Carishma Hicks said, “We have been planning this exercise for the past two months and it was our intention to test all national alert and broadcast systems, evaluate the preparedness levels of the public and private businesses and the Territory on a whole. We also evaluated how the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force would secure key government officials who would be needed in the response and recovery phases. These exercises are especially important as they help to identify weaknesses in plans and procedures.”

As part of the exercise the DDM sounded the seven siren units located throughout the Territory.

The National Emergency Broadcast System was activated and allowed for a test message to be sent simultaneously from the National Emergency Operations Centre to ZROD, ZBVI, ZKING and ZCCR and Cable TV Channel 51.

In addition, 52 Smart radios located in schools, clinics, national parks posts, police and fire stations were activated providing a warning tone and a message which was designed to trigger an evacuation of these facilities. The DDM also utilised its VHF and HF radio frequencies to send information to over 100 stations monitoring the network and to boaters listening on channel 16. Contact was also made with regional partners including the PRSN.

Ms. Hicks further said, “We were pleased with the response from those that participated in this year’s exercise. Evaluators were strategically positioned to record their actions that will help in providing advice on how plans and procedures can be improved. We were especially pleased that the Sunsail, Foot Loose and The Moorings participated and responded in keeping with procedures, recommended for this type of event, however, far too many businesses are not taking advantage of this life-saving tool.”

The DDM wishes to convey thanks to all agencies, both Government and Private Sector that participated in this year’s exercise. We wish to especially thank the many volunteers who assisted the Department both in the planning and execution phases. The LANTEX Exercise was carried out Territory-wide to include the Sister Islands as well as the boating community.

The Department is encouraging the public to provide feedback on the exercise by logging on to DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and completing the public opinion survey. This information will be collated and used to assist the Department and other agencies in improving their alert and response capabilities.

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  1. lolipop
    January 19, 2013
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    :) :-D :mrgreen:

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  2. storm tracker
    March 29, 2012
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    below sea level.

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  3. storm tracker
    March 29, 2012
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    below sea level

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  4. storm tracker
    March 29, 2012
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    @wtf you really as ass. you need to go back school and learn more. Angedada surround with water.

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  5. Well....
    March 29, 2012
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    Why are we not engaging the online media in these excercises? Further, why is it that the general public is continously not fully informed about these activities?

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    • .!
      March 29, 2012
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      Why should they engage online media should a earthquake strick the first thing to go would be the media so they have to test more reliable mediums.

      Secondly, it’s the public responsiblilty to act at the sound of the siren. It is common knowledge that the siren is tested on a particular day and time of the week. If you hear it outside of that time it’s your responsibility to find out what is going on.

      If the test has happened and you only found out from the media then you need to report it to DDM so that they will take it into consideration. You are responsible for yourself.

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  6. just saying
    March 29, 2012
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    Next time respond and call in to see if it is real or not. Do not sit around wondering if it is a drill or not. In my opinion, if its real, you would become a statistic.

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  7. COMMON SENSE
    March 29, 2012
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    HOW THE H**L PPL KNOW WEATHER ITS A REAL EMERGENCY OR NOT???? THIS IZ A DAMN JOKE!!!! wen the real one comes, we wont know if its real or not!!

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    • storm tracker
      March 29, 2012
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      @common sense- of curse you can know when a real one come.

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      • storm tracker
        March 29, 2012
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        when a strong earthquake hit, that mean you know something coming. so don t say how would you know if it real or not. you can tell.

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    • Mary
      March 29, 2012
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      When you hear the siren at an unscheduled time just get up and move. When it is over then you will be told.

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    • Jack The Donkey
      March 29, 2012
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      You should change your name to JACKA$$……You think the real Tsunami fon tell you if its real or if its just a drill? You hear the alarm, and you just get to higher fround, it doesn’t matter if you think its real or not, thats the point of a drill. Why should they tell you when they are having a drill? I hope we never have one but if we ever, I hope it go with all yall a$$! Less stupid people will be around.

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  8. sunlight
    March 29, 2012
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    DDM please inform people when you doing a test please all most of the island did not know or respond.

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    • anonymous
      March 29, 2012
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      Not only that but the sirens are not always HEARD

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  9. storm tracker.
    March 29, 2012
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    these people thing is it a joke. look at all of them laughing running out. but if it was a really thing they would be crying. no one cant run from a Tsunami. it take 5 mins before a Tsunami come in.who can make it in 5 mins up that hill who every in town no one. you know how many speed a Tsunami move. 300 to 500 miles per hour. so please :oops: do not run out and laugh. is not funny.

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    • Precious
      March 29, 2012
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      At least some ran, there were some just strolling and chatting. Not a care in the world.

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    • peaches
      March 29, 2012
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      It was an exercise duh? that is why they were laughing! Even if they chose to laugh whether it is a real Tsunami or not, it is not your business!Some people just have to be in ‘too deep’ into every simple thing!

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    • parole buddy
      March 29, 2012
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      You know how stupid you sound. Sometimes think before you type. If you cant get away from a tsunami then what is the purpose of the exercise. In Japan and Indonesia did the tsunami killed everyone. With proper training and practice to be prepared some of us will survive. I hope that you will be one so you can see the stupidity of your thinking.

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      • storm tracker
        March 29, 2012
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        @peaches- i wasing speaking to you dum a##. you only got mouth, but when earthquake ready to hit the vi and Tsunami coming, you will be crying for you life. laugh you joker.

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      • storm tracker
        March 29, 2012
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        @ parole- not everyone live in the ground level, most people live on a hill that s why. people who are living at ground level may 20 or more out of 100 will making or not. strangely you might find Survive.

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        • storm tracker
          March 29, 2012
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          @parole, talk about Anegada, do you think it will have any survive. no because it is under sea level and they would not have time to make it. not every one will survive who are under sea level. like what i said when a earthquake hit and a Tsunami ready to roll, you never know when will it strike you might have 5 to 10mins to ran but you know how fast a tsunami move. tsunami can take 3 mins to damage the place.

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          • wtf
            March 29, 2012
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            @storm tracker, if Anegada was under sea level it wouldn’t be there so your the idiot.

          • storm tracker
            March 29, 2012
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            @wtf, you real stupid. of curse angedada is under sea level. you real a ass.you need to go school for real.

          • Anegada
            March 29, 2012
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            Storm track sound like an a$$……….how is Anegada “under sea level” lol lol using phrases and words that y’all have no idea what they mean…..Funny

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