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 2017 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 2017 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 specifically participate, for example, emergency agencies, schools and Tsunami Ready municipalities).

In general, you can participate as follows:

  1. Register in the Exercise to receive with the official messages issued by PRSN and PTWC:
  1. Perform at least one of the communication test and document the times of these communications, through the channels that are available, such as:
    • Monitor the activation of any local emergency broadcast system (EAS through radio and TV).
    • Monitor any activation via NOAA Weather Radio (if available)
    • Monitor the activation of coastal sirens (for those municipalities that have them)
    • Monitor messaging issued by the PRSN by email (only for those registered emails or existing list servs PRSN)
    • Monitor text messaging by PRSN (only for those registered mobile messaging list). This also depends on your cell phone provider.
  1. Revise and test the emergency plans and time of response if drills are coordinated.
  2. Coordinate the realization of one of the five types of exercise in your area, region or municipality. Document it and report it to VITEMA (USVI only) or DDM (BVI only), PREMA (PR only), and PRSN.
    • Orientation or Seminar
    • Drill
    • Simulated or tabletop exercise
    • Functional Exercise
    • Full-Scale Exercise
  3. Complete Exercise Assessments to improve response times in our local area.

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Who Should Participate?

  • Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP)
  • Tsunami National Contact
  • Communities (especially TsunamiReady Municipalities)
  • State, Federal and International agencies
  • Public and Private Companies
  • Educational Institutions (public and private schools, universities, educational institutes, etc.)
  • Health Facilities and Hospitals
  • Families and Individuals

Why Should Tsunami Ready Municipality 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:

  • Perform a test of the communication systems.  This is to confirm that the flow of information from the tsunami focal points to the public is effective, such as: Radio Frequency, EMWIN, NOAA Weather Radio, internet, PRSN-RSS, PRSN-SMS, commercial radio, TV, etc. (For more information please refer to: COMMUNICATIONS EVALUATIONS)
  • Practice a tsunami evacuation drill in the most vulnerable communities to evaluate the access to evacuation routes, as well as the estimated time of evacuation of buildings and the arrival time to the area outside the evacuation zone (green areas on evacuation maps).
  • Ensure that the tsunami evacuation plan is viable and meets the needs during and after the emergency: effectiveness of the emergency call-tree and different systems for the dissemination of information to the community (mobile or fixed sirens, use of amateur radio, etc.), availability and activation of the primary response personnel, fulfillment of the different roles in the care and recovery in emergencies, etc.
  • For any other type of participation you find appropriate for the CARIBE WAVE 2017 exercise and which you would like to inform the Puerto Rico Seismic Network about call 787-833-8433.

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Why Should Schools Participate?

To educate on the subject of earthquakes and tsunamis is everyone’s responsibility.  Children and young adults spend most of the day at school.  For this reason, it is vital that we speak about these subjects in the school campus and encourage schools to participate (in CARIBEWAVE) to ensure education and a better response in case of an emergency.  This, helps to minimize the loss of life of students and to identify the flaws in the school’s response plan and correct them.  This way the students also feel prepare to endure this type of emergencies and are less likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is very common after these types of emergency situations.

We encourage schools and educational institutions at all levels to participate in the CARIBEWAVE 2016 exercise:

  1. To test emergency response plans
  2. Perform one of the 5 types of exercises:
    • Orientation or Seminar
    • Drill
    • Simulation or tabletop exercise
    • Functional exercise
    • Full-Scale exercise
  3. Perform at least one of the communication exercises
    • Monitor the activation of any local emergency broadcast system (EAS through radio and TV).
    • Monitor any activation via NOAA Weather Radio (if available)
    • Monitor the activation of coastal sirens (for those municipalities that have)
  4. Relate to the official messages issued by the PRSN
  5. Complete Exercise Assessments to improve response times in our local area.

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 CARIBEWAVE 2017 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 CARIBEWAVE 2017 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 issued by the PRSN through PREMA radio frequency (for PREMA State Control only)
    • Monitoring the messaging issued by ring downs or private telephone line (for those offices that have this tool available)
    • Monitor the messaging issued by the PRSN through the RSS (for those offices that have this tool)
    • Monitor messaging issued by the PRSN by email (only for official emails assigned to the PRSN emergency list)
    • 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)
    • Monitor text messaging or fax that come from PRSN (for those offices that have this available)
    • Continue with point 2 of this 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 the NOAA Weather Radio activation (if available)
    • Monitor the EMWIN activation for the initial dummy message (for those offices that have this tool available)
    • Monitor fax that come from PRSN (for those offices that have this available)
    • Continuewith 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 and activatefixed or mobilecoastalsirens(if they areavailable)
  1. Coordinate the realization of one of the five types of exercise in your area, region or municipality. Document it and report it to VITEMA (USVI only) or DDM (BVI only), PREMA (PR only), and PRSN.
    • 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 21, 2017 (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 April 3, 2017, using the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CaribeWave17

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