National Weather Service Recognizes Aguadilla as TsunamiReady™
Dec 17, 2009
Left to Righ, Heriberto Sauri PREMA Director, Frank Hernandez, OMME Aguadilla Director,
Hon. Carlos Mendez, Aguadilla Mayor, Christa Hillebrant, PRSN Director,
Israel Matos WFO San Juan MIC; Rolando Crespo, District House Representative.
Aguadilla Municipality, Puerto Rico, has earned the National Weather Service TsunamiReady™ designation, better equipping emergency managers to prepare and warn its citizens about tsunamis.
The Aguadilla emergency management team fulfilled a rigorous set of warning communication and evacuation planning criteria that establish preparedness standards for tsunami with the cooperation and support of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency.
With this designation Aguadilla has become the eight community in Puerto Rico to earn TsunamiReady™ status. Aguadilla joins Mayaguez, Lajas, Rincon, Añasco, Dorado, Carolina and Manatí municipalities as TsunamiReady™.
Israel Matos, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the local National Weather Service Office, Rafael Mojica, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Christa Von-Hillebrandt, Puerto Rico Seismic Network Director, presented the Aguadilla City Mayor with a recognition certificate, and TsunamiReady™ road signs.
To be recognized as TsunamiReady™ , a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour center for receiving National Weather Service warnings and activating local warning systems.
- Have more than one way to alert the public about tsunami warnings.
- Promote public readiness through community education and the distribution of information.
- Develop a formal tsunami plan, which includes holding emergency exercises.
The National Weather Service is encouraging coastal residents to take steps to prepare for a tsunami. “Preparation for disaster is everyone's responsibility. Develop your own emergency response plan, keep a disaster supply kit on hand and learn the tsunami warning signs,” Matos said.
The TsunamiReady™ program is part of NOAA National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The TsunamiReady™ and StormReady™designation must be renewed after three years.