A surprise communication test by the Mineral Resources Department (MRD) was conducted this morning as part of the Tsunami Awareness and preparedness.
The surprise communication test was intended to test the communication protocol from MRD, National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and Emergency Operators like the Fiji Police Force and the National Fire Authority.
Director for National Disaster Management, Mr. Anare Leweniqila the exercise will be conducted on the 5th of every month where the Mineral Resource Department will test their real time communication system along with the NDMO in coordinating the movement of people on the ground.
The surprise test does not require prior warnings as it tests the readiness status of those who are leaving along the coastal areas. A lot of people were quick to evacuate this morning and it shows that they are aware of the Evacuation system that are in place.
The NDMO also received numerous calls from the general public which indicates people’s responsiveness to the early warning system.
Meanwhile, eight new Tsunami Sirens was commissioned in October to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people of Suva in the event of a tsunami.
The tsunami siren project and installation was implemented in partnership with the Fiji National Disaster Management Office and the Pacific Community (SPC).