A tsunami

In light of constant earthquakes and volcanic activity occurring in the Caribbean region the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has decided to initiate the formation of a Tsunami Task Force for Dominica.

The ODM said efforts at formalizing a Tsunami Task Force began in 2009 with a series of meetings between 2010 and 2011 but is now saying that the reconvening of the Task Force is top priority.

A meeting to sensitize the stakeholders of the threat of tsunamis to Dominica and the Caribbean region is being held today (Thursday).

Members of the task force will also finalize the Tsunami Standard Operating Procedures for Dominica, finalize and publicize the local Tsunami Management Entities, form and commission the Tsunami Task Force sub committees and schedule a separate meeting to plan for CARIBWAVE 2013 Simulation Exercise, carded for March 20, 2013.

The ODM believes that through synchronized and coordinated efforts and use of available resources to prepare and build resilience, tsunami threats to the region can be efficiently managed and mitigated against.

A tsunami is a long high sea wave caused by an earthquake or other disturbance.