News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Mar. 24, 2011: Several Caribbean governments have reported gaps in their emergency response plans should a tsunami hit tomorrow.
The gaps came to light during yesterday’s U.N.-organized tsunami drill, which tested the preparedness of Caribbean governments for a disaster similar to the one that occurred in Japan.
Officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands reported they were surprised that radio stations were able to broadcast an alert in Spanish but not in English and that the emergency broadcast signal was weak. While Dominican Republic officials admitted they lacked an evacuation plan.
According to the Associated Press, several Puerto Rico citizens complained they never heard sirens meant to alert them.
The most recent tsunami to hit the Caribbean struck Haiti following last year’s earthquake and killed seven people in the fishing town of Petit Paradis.