March 26, 2003: Professor
Aurelio Mercado of the University of Puerto Rico and PI of the PTWMP formally
delivers the tsunami flood maps and final reports to Mr. Rafael Guzmán
Flores, Director of the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency.
Mrs. Christa von Hillebrandt,
CO-PI of the PTWMP presents a model of the tsunami warning signs. These
signs will be placed in tsunami hot spots in coastal areas.
Now that most of the tasks
have been completed, we would like for a tsunami warning protocol to be
adopted. We also feel it is necessary to discuss the future of the
"Puerto Rico Tsunami Warning and Mitigation Program”.
to view pictures of the workshop and fieldtrip.
Download the presentations
given at the workshop, here.
in Puerto Rico: The forgotten Danger
half hour documentary produced by the Puerto Rico Tsunami Warning anf Mitigation
Program under the sponsorship of FEMA and the University of Puerto Rico.
the online version of the documentary here.
Documentary by JAM MEDIA
The Forgotten Danger. As part of the Puerto Rico Tsunami Warning
and Mitigation Program, held a series of conferences in different cities
of Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rico Tsunami
Warning and Mitigation Program, conference team. Left to Right, Professor
Aurelio Mercado, Harry Justiniano, Dr. Havidán Rodríguez,
Mrs. Maritza Pagán and Mrs. Christa von Hillebrandt. Photo from
the tsunami conference (Tsunami: The Forgotten Danger) held in Fajardo
Puerto Rico, February 27, 2002.
On March 6th, 2002 the Puerto Rico Tsunami Warning and Mitigation
Program team presented the last of a series of conferences that covered
the regional districts of the local emergency management agencies of Puerto
The state and municipal emergency management departments,
fire departments, state and municipal police, along with a variety of civil
organizations were invited to attend.
The conferences which started in fall 2001, were held
in the cities of Guayama, Aguada, San Juan, Arecibo, Fajardo and Guayanilla.
Our presenters for the conferences were Professor Aurelio Mercado, Principal
Investigator. Mr. Mercado's presentation explained in detail the terminology
of tsunamis and the history of tsunami activity in the caribbean. Mrs.
Christa von Hillebrandt, Co-Principal Investigator, presented attendees
with among other things, the requirements necessary to develop a tsunami
warning system. Finally Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Co-Principal
Investigator explained in fine detail the complex social and logistical
issues that result from disasters such as with tsunamis.