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  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will be staging a Seismic Youth Forum on March 17, at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus, St. Andrew.
  • The four-hour long event, scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. at the Faculty of Law lecture theatre three, is designed to stimulate interest and awareness about seismic behaviour among tertiary-level students.
  • It will involve four themed sessions, which will examine the country’s seismic preparedness, identify gaps and how these can be strengthened, and response strategies.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will be staging a Seismic Youth Forum on March 17, at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus, St. Andrew.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank today (March 15), Training Manager at ODPEM, Cheryl Nichols, said the forum will be targeted at tertiary students, seismic and geological researchers, students and experts in the areas of communication and construction and other professionals.

The four-hour long event, scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. at the Faculty of Law lecture theatre three, is designed to stimulate interest and awareness about seismic behaviour among tertiary-level students.

It will involve four themed sessions, which will examine the country’s seismic preparedness, identify gaps and how these can be strengthened, and response strategies.

The first session, on the topic: ‘Reducing seismic vulnerability; Structural and non- structural methods’, will look at where the country is in terms of infrastructure, built environment and soft mitigation measures.

The second segment will focus on ‘Research on seismic resilience’; the third session will examine ‘Maximising Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in scenario planning’; while the fourth sitting will look at ‘Geographic Information System (GIS) Spatial Mapping and Analysis of Seismic Risks’.

In noting the importance of the latter session, Ms. Nichols said “it is critical that we assess our equipment and state of readiness now, when there are no seismic activities and this youth forum is the perfect tool to start this.”

The Seismic Youth Forum is part of ODPEM’s earthquake and tsunami observances between January and March.