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Review of tsunami warning/alert

Posted on September 19, 2007  /  0 Comments

The Minister is to be commended for initiating the review of the alert process that went from alert to evacuation in minutes. Sri Lanka News | Online edition of Daily News – Lakehouse Newspapers Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, called for an immediate review of the tsunami alert process that was put into operation on September 12 to learn from the experience and refine procedures the Disaster Management and Human Rights Ministry in a release said.He stated that the successful exercise could prove a platform for future improvements to the early warning process making it more effective and efficient.
This past weekend I spoke at the second Knowledge Forum for journalists organized by Sri Lanka Telecom Limited, Sri Lanka’s largest fixed and broadband service provider in Habarana. Over 40 journalists from print and electronic media participated in this two and a half day event. A majority of speakers were from within the Company, but they had invited 3-4 speakers including me to speak on related subjects. I made a presentation on Teleuse@BOP and also participated in an interesting discussion about congestion around the time of some form of “disaster” event, such as the recent false warning on a tsunami. In LIRNEasia’s thinking, the media play an extremely important role in policy and regulation, because they constitute the symbolic environment within which stakeholders act.
On Friday, September 7, 2007, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights (MDMHR), with the support of LIRNEasia, held a meeting on “The Role of Telecom Operators and Broadcasters in a National Public Warning System” with a six of the eight major telecom operators, as well as several disaster management-related government agencies (NBRO, Irrigation Dept., Meteorology Dept., CCP, etc.), UNDP, and a few technical institutes. Mr.