Why Should People Participate?

The Puerto Rico Seismic Network urges all state, federal and private agencies, educational institutions, health facilities, media, communities, families and individuals in the region of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to participate in the CARIBE WAVE 2019 Exercise.  By participating in this exercise the public will be able to test their emergency communications systems, their emergency response plans, their evacuation plans, and perform other activities that prepare us for a possible tsunami in our region. Each agency or individual should evaluate ways to participate based on the official CARIBE WAVE 2019 Exercise Participant Handbook and the PRSN Response Guidebook for the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region.  They must also determine the type of participation according to the resources available to them (see the exercise webpage for more ideas on how to participate, for example, emergency agencies, schools and Tsunami Ready municipalities).

 

In general, you can participate as follows:

 1. Register in the Exercise in: http://caribewave.uprm.edu or https://www.tsunamizone.org/espanol/caribe/

  1. To obtain the official messages issued by the PRSN and the PTWC, visit the official PRSN website http://caribewave.uprm.edu during the exercise on March 14.
  2. Perform at least one of the communication test and document the times of these communications, through the channels that are available, such as:
    1. Monitor the activation of EAS (through radio and TV).
    2. Monitor any activation via NOAA Weather Radio (if available).
    3. Monitor the activation of coastal sirens (for those municipalities that have)
    4. Monitor messaging issued by the PRSN by email at: http://redsismica.iprm.edu
    5. Monitor text messaging by PRSN (only for those registered mobile messaging list).  This also depends on your cell phone provider.
    6. Follow the messaging publication through the Social Networks of the PRSN ( Facebook and Twitter).
  1. Coordinate the realization of one of the 5 types of exercise in your area, region or municipality (document and report it to the PRSN, NMEAD-PR, VITEMA-USVI or DDM-BVI):
    1. Orientation or Seminar
    2. Drill
    3. Simulated or tabletop exercise
    4. Functional Exercise
    5. Full-Scale Exercise
  1. Revise and test the emergency plans and time of response if drills are coordinated.
  2. Complete Exercise Assessments to improve response times in our local area.
    1. Complete the electronic evaluation of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network communications exercise, before the March 29, 2019 (using as a basis the information collected in their Communications Evaluation Sheets), through the following link: http://www.prsn.uprm.edu/caribewave/evaluaciones/
    2. Complete the official evaluation form of the exercise, before March 28, 2019 (if applicable).

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Who Should Participate?

  • Tsunami Warning Focal Points of Puerto Rico and Islas Vírgenes (TWFPs)
    • In Puerto Rico: NMEAD Estatal, Zonas, OMME’s y NWS
    • In Islas Vírgenes: VITEMA y DDM
  • Primary and Secondary Emergency Agencies
  • State, Federal and International agencies
  • Public and Private Companies
  • Educational Institutions (public and private schools, universities, educational institutes, etc.)
  • Health Facilities and Hospitals
  • Media (TV, Radio, Written Press)
  • Congregations of all religious denominations
  • Communities (especially TsunamiReady Municipalities)
  • Families and Individuals

Why Tsunami Ready Municipalities Should Participate?

The Tsunami Ready Program is created by the NWS-NOAA to help communities to be better prepared to save more lives and reduce property damage in the case of a tsunami event, we encourage the emergency management of the coastal municipalities of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to participate as follows:

  • Conduct test of your communication systems and methods of tsunami information reception (the OMME should receive the tsunami messages from the PTWC, NMEAD, NWS or RSPR). Please evaluate the following:
    • EMWIN
    • NOAA Radio
    • NMEAD Radio Frequency
    • RSPR-RSS
    • RSPR-SMS (only to the emergency list)
    • RSPR-Email (only to the emergency list)
    • RSPR-Web page: http://redsismica.uprm.edu
    • RSPR-Sociales media (Facebook y Twitter)
    • AM/FM Radio y TV

             *For more details please refer to the COMMUNICATION EVALUATIONS

  • Practice eviction drills for tsunami in the most vulnerable communities of their municipalities, to evaluate:
    • the access and route of the eviction routes,
    • the estimated times of eviction of buildings
    • the arrival in the area outside the eviction zone (green area on eviction maps)
  • Check that the tsunami eviction plan of your municipality is viable and covers the needs during and after the emergency:
    • effectiveness of the telephone tree
    • effectiveness of different systems for disseminating information to the community (mobile or fixed sirens, use of amateur radio, etc.)
    • availability and activation of primary response personnel
    • accomplishing the different roles in emergency care and recovery of the emergency
  • For any other type of participation for the CARIBE WAVE 2019 Exercise, please inform your NMEAD Zone and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (Tel. 787-833-8433).

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Why Should Schools Participate?

Educating on the subject of earthquakes and tsunamis is everyone’s responsibility. However, children and young people spend most of their day in school, so it is vital that this topic is discussed on the school campus and that all schools actively participate in exercises such as CARAVE WAVE. In this way, the school ensures a better response during a real emergency, thus minimizing the loss of life of the student body under their responsibility. The exercises also serve to determine which faults have to be corrected in the school emergency plan. On the other hand, if students feel better prepared to face this type of emergency we can minimize the number of people that could suffer from a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a very common condition after an emergency situation, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

We encourage schools and educational institutions at all levels to participate in the CARIBE WAVE 2019 Exercise:

  1. To test the eviction and emergency response plans
  2. Perform one of the 5 types of exercises:
    1. Orientation or Seminar
    2. Drill
    3. Simulation or tabletop exercise
    4. Functional exercise
    5. Full-Scale exercise
  3. Perform at least one of the communication exercises
    1. Observe the activation of the NOAA Radio – *This is still subject to the approval of the FCC
    2. Await for the activation of the EAS (on radio and TV) – *This is still subject to the approval of the FCC
    3. Await the activation of coastal sirens (for those municipalities that are available)
  4. Relate to the official messages issued by the PRSN
    1. Observe the messaging issued by the PRSN on its website: http://redsismica.uprm.edu/
    2. Follow the messaging publication through the Social Networks of the PRSN (Facebook and Twitter)
  5. Complete the evaluations of the CARIBE WAVE 2019 Exercise
    1. Complete the electronic evaluations of the PRSN before March 29, 2019 (using as a basis the information compiled in its Communication Evaluation sheets for the Exercise of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network) through the official page of the exercise: http: / /www.prsn.uprm.edu/caribewave/evaluaciones/

Why Should Emergency Agencies Participate?

What are the emergency agencies in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands?

  • Puerto Rico: State Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Agency (PREMA), PREMA Zones or regional offices, and Emergency Management Municipal Offices (EMMO)
  • US Virgin Islands: Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA)
  • British Virgin Islands: Department of Disaster Management (DDM)

Emergency agencies in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands should participate in CARIBE WAVE 2018 Exercise to test their emergency communications systems, their emergency response plans and evacuation plans, among other activities that prepare them for a possible tsunami response in our region. Not only these agencies must participate, we also invite other emergency agencies in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands such as: firefighters, police, paramedics (emergency medical technicians), 911 System, Health Department and other federal agencies such as FEMA. Each agency or individual should evaluate ways to participate based on the official CARIBE WAVE 2018 Exercise Participant Handbook and the PRSN Response Guidebook for the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region. They must also determine the type of participation according to the resources available to them.

PREMA, PREMA zones, and EMMO’s to participate must:

  1. Perform at least one of the communication tests and document the time of these communications, through the various channels available to them, such as:
    • Monitor the messaging broadcast by radio frequency of NMEAD by the PRSN
    • Monitor the information issued by Ring Down and Fax (only for State Control of NMEAD in Puerto Rico) by the PRSN
    • Monitor the information issued by private line (for those emergency management offices according to protocol) by the PRSN
    • Monitor the messaging issued by RSS by the PRSN (for those emergency management offices that have said tool)
    • Monitor the messaging issued by email by the PRSN (only for official emails assigned to the emergency list of the PRSN)
    • Monitor text messaging issued by the PRSN (only for those numbers assigned to the emergency list of the PRSN)
    • Monitor activation of the NWS NOAA Radio (if available)
    • Monitor activation of the EMWIN for the Initial Dummy Message of the PTWC (for those offices that have said tool)
    • Continue with point 1of the All Emergency Agencies section

VITEMA and DDM to participate must:

  1. Perform at least one of the communication tests and document the time of these communications, through the various channels available to them, such as:
    • Monitoring the messaging issued by private telephone line or ring downs (for those offices that have this tool available)
    • Monitor messaging issued by the PRSN by email (only for official emails assigned to the PRSN emergency list)
    • Monitor text messaging issued by the PRSN (only for those numbers assigned to the emergency list of the PRSN)
    • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio activation (if available)
    • Monitor the EMWIN activation for the initial dummy message (for those offices that have this tool available)
    • Continue with point 1of the All Emergency Agencies section

All Emergency Agencies should:

  1. Register in the Exercise to be related with the official messages issued by PRSN and PTWC:
    • Monitor messaging issued by PRSN on our website: http://caribewave.uprm.edu
    • Monitor the official exercise messages (If you are a TWFP for Puerto Rico or Virgin Islands)
  1. Revise and test the emergency plans and time of response if drills are coordinated.
    • Test your response times to emergencies (if you perform drills)
    • Test and activate fixed or mobile coast sirens (if available)
  1. Coordinate the realization of one of the 5 types of exercise in your area, region or municipality (document and report it to the PRSN, NMEAD-PR, VITEMA-USVI or DDM-BVI):.
    • Orientation or Seminar
    • Drill
    • Simulated or tabletop exercise
    • Functional Exercise
    • Full-Scale Exercise
  1. Complete Exercise Assessments to improve response times in our local area.
    • Complete the electronic evaluation of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network communications exercise, before the March 29, 2019 (using as a basis the information collected in their Communications Evaluation Sheets), through the link provided by email by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.
    • Complete the official evaluation form of the exercise, before March 28, 2019 (if applicable)

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