The inauguration of the "APEC Seminar for evaluation of Tsunamis 2017" took place during a ceremony headed by the President of the Republic, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, and Commander in Chief of the Navy, Admiral Mr. Julio Leiva Molina. The activity will bring together leading international experts in this field, between 5 and 7 December.
The objective of the meeting is to learn about the experiences and knowledge of the member countries of the APEC economies, and to coordinate efforts between the several early warning centers; Emergency Management Offices and Relevant Decision Makers, in order to improve the assessment of a threat and share Standard Operating Procedures.
At the beginning of the activity, the Commander in Chief of the Navy urged to echo our history and the various lessons learned after the disasters we have faced, all "in order to make further progress in risk management; exchanging, through this seminar and within the framework of the APEC economies, experiences, knowledge and tools to have efficient warning systems that are able to continue improving the procedures in case of an emergency, thereby, safeguarding the lives of the population that live along the coastline, along the Pacific Rim", he said.
Subsequently, the Director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), Dr. Charles McCreery, referred to the work being done by the SHOA through SNAM, which has long been an example for other countries due to the effort done to prepare the national and international community. "Chile was one of the first countries to prepare a full curriculum on Tsunamis with appropriate educational materials aimed at children from kindergarten through high school, and they helped translate and publish this material in other languages, for its use across the Pacific. They are open to adopting new technologies that show the potential to help themselves and others who have the local problem of tsunami warning", he said.
For her part, the President of the Republic, thanked the participation of all experts in the seminar. She highlighted the technological advances that have been implemented in the various emergency agencies in the country that are involved in these events, and whose results were put to test during the earthquakes post 2010 that affected the country. In that sense, she also highlighted the notion of selfcare that the population has acquired, which has been reflected in the active participation of communities in the different drills that have taken place throughout Chile. "In other words, we have taken decisive action so the emergency situations that most concern us the most, allow us to save lives and prevent further damage", she said.