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Summary Statement from the IOC-UNESCO – BMKG International Conference to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Jakarta, Indonesia, 24-25 November 2014

Summary StatementThe Summary Statement from the  IOC-UNESCO – BMKG International Conference to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami is now available for downloadThe conference was held on 24-25 November 2014 at the BMKG Auditorium in Jakarta, Indonesia and was attended by 160 participants from 28 countries, 10 UN agencies, 10 media organisations and many NGOs, research institution, universities and private organisations.  The participants came from a variety of backgrounds, including physical and social scientists, warning system operators, emergency and response managers, planners, journalists, and policy and decision makers.  The conference was organised by IOC UNESCO and BMKG with support from the UNESCO Jakarta office and the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC). 

The theme of the conference was "the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System 10 years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami: Achievements, Challenges, Remaining Gaps and Policy Perspectives".   The statement includes key highlights and recommendations on 1) the development of the IOTWS since 2004, 2) outstanding needs and future developments, 3) donor perspectives, 4) sustainability of the IOTWS, and 5) strengthening international cooperation.  The statement has been framed for conveyance to the 3rd UN World conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, 14 – 18 March 2015.

Remembering the 1945 Makran Tsunami – Interviews with Survivors Beside the Arabian Sea

IOC-UNESCO announces the publication of Remembering the 1945 Makran Tsunami – Interviews with Survivors Beside the Arabian Sea. This booklet captures nearly 100 accounts of the 1945 Makran disaster as told by eye-witnesses and second-generation survivors in Pakistan, Iran, Oman and India. The publication is in English and versions in Farsi, Urdu, and Arabic will be available later in 2015. 

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The interviews were carried out between 2008 and 2014, chiefly under United Nations funded projects. Most of the accounts pertain to the 1945 tsunami, but testimony of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Arabian Sea tsunami of 24 September 2013 is also included.

The booklet and video footage from forty of the interviews are available at http://iotic.ioc-unesco.org/1945makrantsunami/.

The booklet has been produced by the IOC-UNESCO Secretariat for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) in Perth, Australia and the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia under a project funded by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness.

NEAMWave14 successfully undertaken

The tsunami alert exercise that took place from the 28 to the 30 October in the Mediterranean, North-eastern Atlantic, and the Black Sea has been marked by a strong participation of the civil protection authorities. This simulation aimed at tturkey 1esting the preparedness of the countries participating in the NEAMTWS established by the IOC of UNESCO.

In comparison to the first test organized in 2012, more Civil Protection Authorities (from 5 to 14) took part in the exercise. This exercise has been also the occasion to test the mainstreaming into the NEAMTWS system of the standard operational procedures of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of the European Commission, which co-funds the exercise, for providing international assistance through the Union civil protection mechanism in case of major disasters.

For certain countries, e.g. Spain, Lebanon, Romania, UK, this exercise was the first occasion to establish contracts among the actors concerned with tsunami risk at national level.For the first time, countries bordering the Black Sea, like Romania and Russia, participated in the exercise.


During the exercise some communication issues has been identified, providing the opportunity to learn some lessons regarding, in particular, the use of some communication technologies.


The exercise, named NEAMWave14, simulated 4 earthquakes generating tsunamis in the Mediterranean, north-eastern Atlantic, and Black Sea. In total 20 countries, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom out of 39 NEAMTWS Member States took part in the exercise.

 

IOC-UNESCO-ISESCO Workshop Report

 

We are pleased to announced the release of the workshop report on "Improving Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response in the North-Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and Connected Seas" held on 23 and 24 September 2014 in Rabat, Morocco, and organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO together with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the UNESCO for the Maghreb based in Rabat, and the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique of Morocco.

 

The workshop gathered representatives of governmental, scientific and emergency management institutions from the Maghreb countries with the aim of presenting the recent developments of the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTWS), and preparing for the tsunami exercise, NEAMWave 14, which took place from 28 to 30 October 2014.

 

 

For more information, please visit: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230519m.pdf

 

 

Le gouvernement de la République Dominicaine a mis en vigueur un Manuel de procédures pour tsunami

The Dominican Republic government put into effect Tsunami Procedures Manual

 

Le gouvernement de la République Dominicaine, avec le soutien des Nations Unies, mis en vigueur le manuel des procédures opérationnelles permanentes (POP) pour sauver des vies et prévenir la perte de propriété en cas de tsunamis.

 

Lors d'une cérémonie tenue le lundi 27 Octobre à la Maison des Nations Unies, des représentants du Centre des opérations d'urgence (COE), l'Université de sismologie de l'Institut (ISU-UASD) et l'Office national de météorologie (de ONAMET) se sont engagés à assurer par la mise en œuvre du manuel définit les rôles de chaque entité dans le cas de tsunamis.

 

Cette activité est soutenue par la COI / UNESCO et le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) dans le cadre du projet "Les communautés résilientes séismes et les tsunamis à Puerto Plata" qui est financé par la Direction générale de l'aide humanitaire et de la protection civile de la Commission européenne et l'ONG espagnole Anesvad.

 

La représentante et résidente adjointe du PNUD, Luciana Mermet, a annoncé le jeudi 30 Octobre un exercice d'évacuation a Puerto Plata, avec l'equipe "Action tsunami " et le secteur de l'éducation. L'objectif sera d'évacuer plus de deux mille élèves de cinq écoles de Puerto Plata qui sont situés dans les zones vulnérables aux tremblements de terre et tsunamis.

 

Mermet a partagé la table d'honneur avec le directeur adjoint du Centre des opérations d'urgence, Edwin Olivares, directeur ONAMET Gloria Ceballos, le représentant de l'ISU, Félix Martinez, l'officiel de programme de la Commission européenne, Gina Sosa, le coordinateur de la Unité de gestion des risques du ministère de l'Éducation, Milagros Yost, le représentant de la Commission nationale d'urgence, José Alcantara et le professeur Miguel Llivina du bureau de l'UNESCO a la Havane.

 

 

EXERCISE NEAMWave 14

NEAMTWS Secretariat is launching its Second Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise (NEAMWave 14) for the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and Connected Seas Region that will take place from 28 to 30 October.

Twenty-one countries out of the 39 involved in ICG/NEAMTWS will participate in the Exercise bringing them the opportunity to test the efficiency of the communication systems in charge of transmitting tsunami alerts and, in some countries, to ensure that the authorities in charge of public safety are prepared to face such a threat.

In order to prepare the participants and to inform the population, the Exercise Team has prepared the Manual Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise. The NEAMTWS Secretariat has developed the flyer Exercise NEAMWave 14.

For more information, please visit:

 

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Exercise NEAMWAVE 14: A tsunami warning and communication exercise for the North-Eastern Atlantic,
the Mediterranean, and Connected Seas Region, 28-30 October 2014, volume I: manual

 

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Flyer: Exercise NEAMWAVE 14: A Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise
for the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and Connected Seas Region,
28-30 October 2014

 

 

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