During the morning of November 25th, the Director of Communications and Information Technology of the Brazilian Navy, Rear admiral Mr. Alfredo Martins, visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA) accompanied by the Director of Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Navy, Captain Mr. Werner Baasch.
Upon arrival, they were received by the Director of the Service, Rear admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, who welcomed them and made a presentation for them where he talked about the most relevant duties of the Service in historical, administrative and operative terms.
During the presentation, Rear admiral Carrasco put special emphasis on the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM) and its interaction with the National Seismic Centre (CSN) and the National Office for Emergencies of the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI), in the event of a tsunami. On this matter the Director of the SHOA stated the importance of having a prepared and well-informed community on how to react in the event of an emergency, as well as on the important role that communications play and the need to have a permanent link with those making the decisions.
After the presentation the visitors toured the Operations Room of the SNAM, where they could see for themselves the technological and professional level with which the Service if currently working. They then visited the Shelter, back-up system for the Operations Room of the SNAM set up with the equipment required to provide continuity to the communication and screening processes in case the Operations Room of the SNAM were not able to continue operating.
By the end of the tour Rear admiral Martins signed the Book for Distinguished Visitors of the SHOA where he acknowledged the professionalism and contribution of the Service to the national and international communities.