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Communication Needs To Be Fine-Tuned During Tsunami Alert

  The response to a tsunami warning issued on Wednesday after an earthquake, 284 kilometres off Nadi, showed people took it seriously. They headed for higher ground. While the warning
06 Jan 2017 11:00
Communication  Needs To Be  Fine-Tuned During Tsunami Alert
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The response to a tsunami warning issued on Wednesday after an earthquake, 284 kilometres off Nadi, showed people took it seriously.

They headed for higher ground.

While the warning was deactivated later, it acted as a live practice of what we need to do when a tsunami hits us.

In this case, we were lucky that there was no tsunami.When the warning was called off, people were still heading to the hills. It was good that they were not taking any chances.

It was obvious there was some communication gap that needed to be rectified. While some were back in their office others remained on the hills, obviously unaware that the warning had been lifted.

Worse still, some went home and did not go back to their workplaces.

Whatever the reason, it’s apparent that we need to improve the communication bit so that people can return quickly to their workplaces.

All our coastal communities are vulnerable to tsunamis.

It is hoped in workplaces there are tsunami drills in place to prepare us for any eventuality.

We never know when we are going to be hit but it is important that we are prepared.

The priority is to keep people safe and property is secured.

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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