St. Vincent & Grenadines

NEMO Continues Volcano Awareness Activities

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The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), will continue its volcano awareness activities this week, as it continues to focus on the risk and science associated with an active volcano.

The activities are being held to coincide with the commemoration of the 36th Anniversary since the last eruption of La Soufriere on 13th April 1979.

NEMO said that this year it is targeting primary and secondary school students throughout the mainland and two communities which are likely to be impacted by an eruption of La Soufriere.

A community meeting will be held in Owia tomorrow Tuesday 21st April, and another will be held in Chateaubelair next week Tuesday 28th April, to look at the Revised Draft St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Volcano Emergency Plan. The sessions will focus on the alert and call-out protocols as it relates to response at the community level.

On Wednesday 22nd April, NEMO will conduct a national workshop to present the Revised Draft St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Volcano Emergency Plan, to be followed by a Desktop Simulation Exercise on Thursday 23rd April, to test the plan. On Friday 24th April, NEMO will conduct an Educational Field Tour to La Soufriere, under the guidance of Dr. Richard Robertson, Director of the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of The University of the West Indies.

Although La Soufriere has been quiet for some time, it is still an active volcano and can erupt again. Citizens should know where they live in relation to the volcano and in which hazard zone they are located.