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Dagupan City acquires tsunami warning device – Mayor Fernandez

Jul 17, 2015 @ 10:39

The city government of Dagupan has acquired two tsunami early warning systems (TWS) to improve its existing emergency response capabilities and preparedness, Mayor Belen Fernandez said.

Fernandez said the TWS were developed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

A TWS is used to detect tsunamis in advance and issue warnings to prevent loss of life and damage.

Fernandez said the equipment would be useful to Dagupan, since it is located on the Lingayen Gulf.

The TWS will be used by the city’s Public Alert, Response and Monitoring Center (PARMC).

The devices are now installed at the Malimgas Public Market and in Barangay Lucao.

“Given the reality of tsunami arrival in Dagupan, which is within 14 minutes only, the need for this equipment cannot be over-emphasized,” Fernandez said.

To ensure that the officers tasked to handle the system understand the TEWS, a training seminar was conducted on the use of the device and damage assessment for earthquakes and tsunamis.

“The things that we learned here will empower us to respond smartly, safely and with due consideration to the limited time involved,” Fernandez said.

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