Emergency Alert System Activation (EAS)

For this exercise, (only for Puerto Rico) the EAS system will be activated in coordination with the Puerto Rico Broadcast Association through the following communication means: radio, T.V., cable TV and NOAA radio.  The real alert code of tsunamis, TWS, will be used during the exercise.  This message will be issued around 10:05 AM on March 17, 2016, by the National Weather Service (San Juan Forecast Office) to announce the Tsunami Warning for Puerto Rico, according to the determined scenario for the exercise.  The EAS activation is a way used to verify that in a critical real situation the different communication means will be available to inform the community.  It is important to clarify that the PRSN is NOT authorized to issue this product, therefore, this issuance is coordinated by the AEMEAD and the  National Weather Service (San Juan Forecast Office) and has been authorized by the FCC.

In case of a real event, the EAS is activated on the first message for WARNING/ADVISORY/WATCH of a tsunami for Puerto Rico.

Coastal municipalities recognized as Tsunami Ready, are encouraged to test their emergency sirens during the CaribeWave 2016 exercise at 10:05 am. We encourage the general community to stay alert to the activation of the Coastal Sirens and EAS system on March 17, 2016 as part of the CARIBEWAVE 2016 exercise.

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Press Releases

Download the USVI Tsunami Preparedness Week & Caribe Wave 16 Fact Sheet clicking on the image.

Download the VITEMA to Participate in Caribbean Region Tsunami Exercise on March 17  news article clicking on the image.

Radio Spots*

By Public Service

On March 17 will take place the Tsunami Exercise, CaribeWave 2016, with the objective of evaluating the communications system between the tsunami alert centers and the alert focal points.  In this exercise the emergency management agencies will have the opportunity to prepare on the event of a tsunami that may affect their zones.  For more information access our online page: redsismica.uprm.edu.

This message is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Radio Broadcast Association through public service.

Approved by the State Election Commission CE-SA-16-4904.

*At the present this radio spot are being transmitted through public service by the stations affiliated to the Puerto Rico Radio Broadcast Association.




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Editor: Haniel Cordero

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Sample Press Release For Local Media





Contact: (insert name)                                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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(insert community/county/state name) will join other localities in the Caribbean as a participant in a tsunami response exercise on March 17, 2016. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate local tsunami response plans, increase tsunami preparedness, and improve coordination throughout the region.


(insert a promotional comment from a local official, such as “The 2010 Haiti and 2010, 2014, 2015 Chilean earthquakes and tsunamis have reminded the world again of the urgent need to be more prepared for such events,” said (insert name of appropriate official). “This important exercise will test the current procedures of the Tsunami Warning System and help identify operational strengths and weaknesses in each community.” (Please modify for uniqueness.))


The exercise, titled CARIBEWAVE 16, will simulate a widespread Tsunami Warning and Watch situation throughout the Caribbean which requires implementation of local tsunami response plans. The exercise will (insert “include” or “not include”) public notification.


The exercise will simulate a major earthquake and tsunami generated just off the Caribbean coast of Venezuela scenario at 10:00 am Atlantic Standard Time (or appropriate local time) on March 17, 2016. A handbook has been prepared which describes the scenario and contains tsunami messages from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). The PTWC is the interim Regional Tsunami Service Provider for the other countries in the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions.


Insert paragraph tailored for specific community. Could identify participating agencies and specific plans. Could describe current early warning program, past tsunami exercises (if any), ongoing mitigation and public education programs, etc. Could describe tsunami threat, history of tsunami hazards, if any.   


If any real tsunami threat occurs during the time period of the exercise, the exercise will be terminated.


The exercise is sponsored by the UNESCO/IOC Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS), the Caribbean Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales en América Central (CEPREDENAC), the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and by the U.S. National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP – a partnership of 29 states and territories and three federal agencies).  For more information on the U.S. tsunami warning system, see www.tsunami.gov. For more information on the NTHMP, see nthmp.tsunami.gov. For more information on the ICG/CARIBE-EWS, see http://www.ioc-tsunami.org/content/view/36/1036/.




On the Web:


National Tsunami Warning Center

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

NOAA Tsunami Program


Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program

Puerto Rico Seismic Network

Insert state/local emergency response URLs


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