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- Tsunami Early Warning System
COVERAGE BY THAILAND’S NATIONAL DISASTER WARNING CENTRE & TSUNAMI
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
To achieve the widest coverage within the shortest possible time, warnings
for high risk areas will also be transmitted simultaneously via the nationwide
radio network, Channel 5 army television network, the state-operated television
pool, as well as by SMS to some 20 million cellular phone users.
To alert tourists and residents of impending danger such as the advance
of destructive waves and floodwaters, sirens will be sounded. Public warnings
in the form of audio-recordings in various international languages will be
broadcasted from 30-metre-high warning towers installed along the beachfront.
These alerts will be further supported by visual indicators such as flashing
red emergency warning lights.
STATE-PRIVATE SECTOR COORDINATION
At the recent TTM Plus & ITS Thailand 2005 Travel Trade Forum and press
conference held in Bangkok on June 15, Mr Wichit Na Ranong, President of
the Tourism Council of Thailand and founding president of the Phuket Tourist
Association, reported that the Tourism Council of Thailand is working in
close collaboration with the Committee for the Development of Thailand’s
Tsunami Early Warning System and the Department of Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation. The latter is responsible for disaster response drills including
tsunami evacuation drills, evacuation efforts, public awareness, education
and training efforts. Their joint goal is to conduct training for private
sector business operators, especially hotels, resorts and other service establishments
situated in coastal areas.
To facilitate rapid evacuation and escape from danger zones, evacuation
guidelines and maps with designated evacuation routes are being produced.
Similar in concept to fire escape routes posted in individual guest rooms,
these guides are designed to raise awareness and help visitors familiarise
themselves with the surrounding area. Evacuation route maps featuring clearly
marked escape routes leading away from danger zones are being placed in guest
rooms from June 2005 onwards. Evacuation routes for individual beach destinations
will vary according to the location of particular properties. Evacuation
routes marked on maps placed in individual rooms will be specific to the
location of the beach resort, hotel or resort property concerned.
Designated evacuation routes to facilitate rapid evacuation
To facilitate evacuation and escape from danger zones to higher ground
or the city centre, and vice-versa, the identification and selection of appropriate
evacuation sites with clearly marked evacuation routes to facilitate rapid
and convenient evacuation and escape within the shortest possible time has
also been completed.
EVACUATION SITES &
Soi Sansabai - Bangla Road
Cristin Massage - Soi Patong Tower
OTOP Centre - Ruamjai Road
Coconut Intersection - Prachanuklo Road
Coral Beach Bridge - Coral Beach Bridge
The National Disaster Warning Centre offers the best possible assurance
that with Thailand’s integrated Early Warning System and effective
mitigating measures in place there is sufficient time for the total
evacuation of high-risk areas for the safety of all visitors and residents.
Mr Plodprasop Suraswadi is Director of the National Disaster Warning Centre.
Mr Smith Dharmasaroja, former Chief of Thailand’s Meteorological Department
and currently Vice Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister, is Chairman
of the Committee for the Development of Thailand’s Tsunami Early Warning
THE INSTALLATION OF EARLY WARNING SYSTEM & TSUNAMI EVACUATION DRILLS
IN PATONG BEACH, PHUKET COMPLETED
The National Disaster Warning Centre Call Centre
To promote and facilitate communication exchange between the centre
and the public, the National Disaster Warning Centre also operates
a Call Centre to service inquiries from the public. Members of the
public are also being encouraged to call in to report incidents and
provide helpful information that might help to avert disasters and
loss of life caused by the forces of nature. (TAT)
FOR INQUIRIES OR REPORTS
National Disaster Warning Centre Call Centre:
Hotline: #1860 or
Tel: +66 (0) 2589 2497, (0) 2589 2591
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