Electronic Healthcare. 4th International Conference, eHealth 2011, Málaga, Spain, November 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Use of SMS for Tsunami Early Warnings at a Table Top Exercise

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_10,
        author={Vincenzo Lagani and Vasilis Kontogiannis and Panagiotis Argyropaidas and Catherine Chronaki},
        title={Use of SMS for Tsunami Early Warnings at a Table Top Exercise},
        proceedings={Electronic Healthcare. 4th International Conference, eHealth 2011, M\^{a}laga, Spain, November 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={E-HEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Early Warning System SMS Tsunami Disaster Management Emergency Response},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_10}
    }
    
  • Vincenzo Lagani
    Vasilis Kontogiannis
    Panagiotis Argyropaidas
    Catherine Chronaki
    Year: 2012
    Use of SMS for Tsunami Early Warnings at a Table Top Exercise
    E-HEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_10
Vincenzo Lagani1,*, Vasilis Kontogiannis1,*, Panagiotis Argyropaidas1,*, Catherine Chronaki1,*
  • 1: Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)
*Contact email: vlagani@ics.forth.gr, vasilik@ics.forth.gr, parg@ics.forth.gr, chronaki@ics.forth.gr

Abstract

Tsunamis are one of the most dangerous and destructive natural disasters: countries that experience a tsunami event are likely to undergo, after the immediate destruction of the regions nearby the coast, several secondary effects, for example epidemic outbreaks. Thus, early warning systems able to timely advise the authorities and the population of an imminent tsunami are valuable tools that should be implemented in any coastal region with high risk of seismic events. In this paper we present the experience that we gained during a Table Top exercise aimed at testing the effectiveness of an SMS – based Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS). SMS showed to be a valuable additional support channel for propagating the alarm, even though some drawbacks were identified e.g. lack of reliability, formal procedures and follow-through training that must be carefully taken in account. Experience gained will be used in an operational exercise scheduled October 2011 and potentially pave the way for including SMS early warning in disaster management.