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Cayman joins regional tsunami drill

Cayman Emergency Management officials were part of a regional tsunami response drill on Thursday (17 March) designed to test response times for broadcasting information that can keep people safe in the event of a real wave.

Intergovernmental, United States and United Nations groups all participated in the exercise which tested two scenarios: an earthquake off the coast of Venezuela and an 8.7 quake north of Hispaniola.

The Emergency Management Office sent a test message to media at 10:55am with a simulated warning for a three-foot tsunami estimated to arrive in the Cayman Islands 20 to 35 minutes later.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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