Times of Oman
Nov 29, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 02:51 PM GMT
Experts discuss action plan to combat Tsunami threats
June 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: A workshop on tsunami emergency response and related issues was organised by Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation/Public Authority for Civil Aviation of Oman (DGMAN/PACA), in collaboration with the IOC Unesco.

The second Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Workshop was attended by 43 participants from different responsible government stakeholders involved in the National Multi-Hazards Early Warning System (NMHEWS) that Oman is developing.

The workshop was officially opened under the auspices of Abdul Rahim al Harmi, the Chairman of National Steering Committee of NMHEWS and Tsunami National Contact of IOTWS for the Sultanate of Oman.
On the first day of the workshop, representatives of the DGMAN presented a report on the progress achieved in the development of the NMHEWS; the Action Plan; and the status of the SOP development.

Warning system
The ICG/IOTWS secretariat presented the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) and Regional Tsunami Service Providers (RTSPs Services) and the Tsunami Warning Centre Standard Operating Procedures. The Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) presented the IOTIC Services. On the second day of the workshop, the IOTIC representative made a presentation on Community Preparedness, focusing on evacuation planning. The principles of end to end Tsunami Early Warning and the Tsunami Warning Decision Support Tools were presented by the IOC Unesco Coordinator for the NMHEWS project.

During the second half of the second day, the participants were divided into seven groups to carry out an exercise on developing SOPs for the tsunami emergency response using the timeline template tools.  This exercise only focuses on local tsunami emergency response SOP. Each of the groups was then requested to present its views on this SOP.

As the workshop came to a close, the participants agreed to continue to work on their SOPs and prepare for their integration into the national goal of reducing the risk of tsunami disaster, especially considering the schedule for completion of the NMHEWS by March, 2015.

The participants at the workshop highlighted the main issues  of the regional SOP workshop in Hyderabad on June 23-27.

Tsunami exercise
The workshop will prepare for the Indian Ocean Wave Tsunami exercise which will take place in September this year (IOWAVE14), being organised by the ICG/IOTWS in cooperation with INCOIS.

They recognised that the workshop can also be an opportunity to enhance tsunami preparedness in Oman. The workshop agreed to recommend that Oman should join the workshop from DGMAN, NCCD and PART and prepare IOWAVE14 for at least table top simulation.

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