NEMO to host week of activities to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, April 10th, 2014 (NEMO) - April 13, marks thirty five (35) years since the La Soufriere Volcano erupted in 1979. To commemorate the anniversary and to raise awareness about geological hazards, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) will collaborate with the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of The University of the West Indies, the Soufriere Monitoring Unit (SMU) and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society to host a week of activities during the period April 28 – May 2, 2014.

This year’s Volcano Awareness Week events will boost awareness about the hazards associated with living on an island with a ‘live’ volcano. While the volcano in recent years has been quiet it is still active. The activities planned seek to engage students, members of the vulnerable communities and the general public in both the science behind the volcano and the safety needed to prevent harm. The members of the media will also be trained in the science, safety, broadcasting geological hazard information and how to deal with issues that may arise in the event of a volcanic eruption.

VOLCANO AWARENESS ACTIVITIES 2014

1.  Monday 28th April, 2014 - School presentations on Volcano and Geological hazards.

  • 9:30 am – 10:30am – Grade 5 students Tourama Primary School

  • 11:00 am - 12: 00 p.m. – Grade 5 students – Dixon Primary School.

  • 1: 45pm - 2:45pm – Grade 5 students – Langley Park Gov’t School.

2. Tuesday 29th April, 2014 – School presentations on Volcano and Geological hazards.

  • 9:15 -10:30 a.m. –Petit Bordel Secondary School and the Troumaca Ontario Secondary School Form Four Geography Students (Venue: Troumaca Ontario Secondary School).

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. - Buccament Bay Secondary School and Central Leeward Secondary School Form 4 Geography Students –Form Four Geography Students (Venue: Central Leeward Secondary School).

3. Tuesday 29th April, 2014 – Media Workshop - NEMO’S Conference Room.

  • Geological Hazard Training for the media (Broadcasting Geological Hazards Information).

  • Launch of the Volcano Awareness Week photo Competition. This competition will be opened to all interested students in forms 4-5 in schools located in the red, orange, yellow and some parts of the green zone on the volcanic hazard map:

    • North Union Secondary School

    • George Stephens Secondary School

    • Georgetown Secondary School

    • Sandy Bay Secondary School

    • Petit Bordel Secondary School

    • Troumaca Ontario Secondary School

    • Central Leeward Secondary School

    • Buccament Bay Secondary School

4. Wednesday 30th April, 2014 - Volcano Contingency Plan Consultation, NEMO’s Conference Room.

5.Thursday 1st May, 2014 (public holiday) – Educational Field Tour – La Soufriere Volcano, led by scientists from the SRC.

6. Friday 2nd May, 2014 – Exhibition – Secondary Schools in the Red & Orange Zones on the North Eastern Side of Island (Windward) at the Georgetown Community Centre:

  • Sandy Bay Secondary School – 9:00 am – 10:00pm.
  • North Union Secondary School – 10:10 am – 11:10 am.
  • George Stephens Secondary School- 1:00 am- 2:00 p.m.
  • Georgetown Secondary School – 2:10 pm- 3:00pm.
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