Training workshop on the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) 21 - 25 February 2011, San Juan, United States
A training workshop on the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN), took place 21-25 February, 2011 in Puerto Rico (USA) involving Caribbean and Central American National Meteorological -- Hydrological Services, emergency management agencies, and related entities. The call for this training was distributed to Tsunami Warning Focal Points and Tsunami National Contacts for the ICG/CARIBE EWS. Participants come from Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gran Cayman, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Republica Dominicana, Saint Lucia, and Puerto Rico.
NOAA NWS operates the EMWIN program to provide a stream of information via NOAA GOES satellites and over the Internet. The stream provides the emergency management community with various warning and meteorological products in a timely and reliable manner. One of the benefits of EMWIN is that it does not require a fee or ongoing cost to operate, and initial station equipment is inexpensive and easy to operate. For tsunami warning operations this is a highly recommended communication redundant method.
In association with the workshop, NOAA plans to deploy EMWIN stations throughout the Caribbean and Central America. Support for this activity has been provided though an inter-agency agreement between the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
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