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April 29, 2005

Evacuation Drill in Thailand Today

"About 2,000 people took part in a tsunami emergency evacuation drill Friday on the Thai resort island of Phuket, where giant waves swept ashore four months ago killing hundreds of people."

AP has the story from Phuket, click here. The Reuters version is here.

These drills are important, according to Time magazine, who reports that "training—or even mental rehearsal—vastly improves people's responses to disasters," such as house fires, fires in the workplace, airline disasters, etc.

The drill is part of an early warning system for India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

During the last tsunami scare on March 29 (see previous post by searching keyword Long Night), the only way Moira, Dee and I knew there had been an earthquake and possible impending tsunami was via a cell call from Moira's friend. Once we went outside, it was clear everyone had seen announcements on TV and knew what was going on, and we were glad the information was circulating. We had just enough time to get to higher ground.

Posted by sedda at April 29, 2005 07:44 AM