Provincial participants awarded for Tsunami Training in Papua New Guinea

Provincial participants awarded for Tsunami Training in Papua New Guinea

 

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: This week has been an intense week (4-9 August 2019) of tsunami training for up to 50 national and provincial participants at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby. The Unites States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) and International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC), conducted tsunami training for national and provincial government agencies responsible for tsunami warning. The focused on tsunami hazard mitigation, education and awareness, warning and understanding the PTWC’s tsunami forecast products, and local tsunami response.

Participants of the ITIC tsunami training along with facilitators from Hawaii and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Bernard Link.

“Papua New Guinea is one of the most seismically active and tectonically complex areas of the world, so the tsunami hazard is very high for all islands,” said U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Bernard Link.  “We’re very fortunate to be able to bring the PTWC and ITIC experts to Port Moresby to conduct this important training.”

Participants included members of Red Cross PNG from Mt. Hagen, members of the media, and schoolteachers. “Preparing for the next tsunami requires communities to know what to do when we recognize a tsunami, and how to respond and where to go when the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory and the PTWC warn us that a tsunami is imminent,.” said one of the participants.

This training will provide the participants with the latest guidance on using the forecast products issued by the PTWC, on how to strengthen community preparedness through the UNESCO IOC Tsunami Ready programme, and on how to improve their tsunami warning decision-making with the available tools for monitoring tsunamis and assessing their threat.

The training was sponsored by the US Department of Defense and NOAA, hosted by Papua New Guinea’s National Disaster Office and the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory.