Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez Programa de Alerta y Mitigación Contra Maremotos de Puerto Rico FEMA (Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias)
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. 

Tsunami Protocol Meeting
January 15-16, 2003
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”. 

Click here to view pictures of the workshop and fieldtrip.

Download the presentations given at the workshop, here.

List of Invitees


Tsunami in Puerto Rico: The forgotten Danger
A half hour documentary produced by the Puerto Rico Tsunami Warning anf Mitigation Program under the sponsorship of FEMA and the University of Puerto Rico. View the online version of the documentary here.

Documentary by JAM MEDIA

CONFERENCES: Tsunamis, 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 Tsunami Dream Team

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.

Conference News

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 Rico.
Conference: Tsunamis The Forgotten Danger (Guayanilla P.R.)
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.