Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) held an evaluation related to the tsunami early warning scheme. The evaluation was carried out with 12 other countries bordering the Indian Ocean.
“India Ocean Wave Exercise is one of the places to train people to evacuate independently if they feel a potential earthquake of the tsunami,” said BMKG Head Dwikorita Karnawati when opening the event at his office, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Thursday (11/15 / 2018).
This IOWave training is routinely held every 2 years. This year was held for 3 days from November 15-17, followed by 13 countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Oman, Maldives, Timor Leste, Iran, Pakistan, Mauritius, Australia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.
“The findings of the IOWave training were then evaluated together in this workshop, as well as sharing learning about the implementation of IOWave training in each participating country,” added Dwikorita.
Dwikorita called this training important because earthquakes that have the potential to cause tsunamis can occur at any time. All BNPB personnel and BPBD and other SAR elements must be on standby for 24 hours, including the readiness of evacuation infrastructure.
“Evacuation shelters, evacuation routes, and evacuation signs are also important to be the concern of local governments that are prone to tsunamis,” Dwikorita said.
“Learning from the tsunami that just happened in Palu, even though the BMKG has issued a tsunami early warning, there are still many casualties. One of them is the incomplete evacuation infrastructure in the area,” Dwikorita added.