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Regional Workshop on Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response held in Jakarta

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In preparation for the commencement of Indian Ocean Regional Tsunami Service Provider (RTSP) operations on 12 October 2011, a 5 day regional workshop on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for tsunami warning and emergency response was held in Jakarta, 19-23 September. The objectives of the workshop were:

(i) to understand the roles and products of RTSPs;

(ii) to understand the impact of RTSP products and services on National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) SOPs;

(iii) to identify potential gaps and possible challenges for NTWC and National Disaster Management Organisations (NDMO) SOPs;

(iv) to develop/adapt SOPs to interface with the media; and

(v) to prepare for the Indian Ocean Wave 2011 exercise. 

The workshop was attended by 40 participants and trainers from 17 countries, with representatives from the RTSPs, NTWCs, NDMOs and media organisations. The participants were introduced to the new RTSP products and discussed their impact on national level SOPs. The role and responsibilities of the media in tsunami warning were also discussed. A tabletop exercise at the end of the workshop tested the participants knowledge of SOPs and provided them with an insight into the practical applications of the new RTSP products. 

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre and was hosted by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG).

Hosted by:
UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE Oostende, Belgium
1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France | Tel: +33 1 45 68 39 84 | Fax: +33 1 45 68 58 12