VITEMA Plans 2020 Caribe Wave Tsunami Drill March 19

A tsunami wave

Do you know what to do in the event of a tsunami in the U.S. Virgin Islands? Have you identified a “safe zone” whether you’re at home, church, school or work? Have you rehearsed evacuation plans with employees, family and loved ones?

The entire Virgin Islands community is invited to join the Virgin Islands Emergency Territorial Management Agency (VITEMA) by registering and participating in the 2020 Caribe Wave Tsunami Drill at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 19. VITEMA will launch the drill in the territory with a live test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

All residents and visitors will receive an emergency alert message on their television, radio and cellphone that will state: “This is a TEST and start of Caribe Wave Tsunami Drill. Drop, Cover, Hold. THIS IS A TEST.”

During the self-led drill, participants will practice how to “Drop where you are; Cover your head and neck; and Hold On until the shaking stops.” Participants will also practice evacuation to a “safe zone,” review their tsunami response procedures and participate in tsunami preparedness discussions.

Visit to register participation in the 2020 Caribe Wave Tsunami Drill, today.