Bali has begun installing the first of a total of 6 Tsunami Early Warning Systems (TEWS) that will eventually help the Island avert a major tidal wave disaster. Once the entire system is in operation any indication of a possible tsunami approaching the island will sound warning sirens urging residents to seek safer, higher ground.
Monitors already installed on the Kuta Beach provide continuous monitoring of changes in wave heights and chnages in ocean currents. One shallow water monitor in operation 338 meters from the shore of the Patra Jasa Resort and another deep water monitor 2.6 kilometers off the lifeguard station on Kuta send a continual stream of data to computerized consoles on shore.
Scheduled for completion before then end of 2006, the TEWS system will see active monitors in operation on sea approaches for all of Bali's most popular beach areas.
In accordance with Presidential instructions issued in 2005 following the previous year's Boxing Day tsunami, Bali is preparing a whole range of emergency response measures to reduce the threat to human life from a tsunami disaster. Working together with search and rescue teams, the Red Cross, local hospitals, social services, police and the military a detailed response plan in the event of a natural disaster has evolved. Meanwhile, a storage facility operated by the Social Services has been established to warehouse tents, medicines, rubber boats, emergency kitchen equipment, generators, and food supplies.
In order to further enhance emergency preparedness a tsunami drill is set for Bali on June 26, 2006.
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