Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, INCOIS Collaborate to Design Coastal Early Warning Systems

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Amrita University, INCOIS started an initiative called Tsunami Ready Program in Alappad to develop tsunami preparedness.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University signs agreement with INCOIS.

NEW DELHI: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has signed an agreement with the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) to equip coastal communities with early warning solutions for natural disasters and disaster preparedness. The five years OK addresses “community resilience, risk and disaster preparedness, joint research and development, and collaborative courses,” according to a statement from Amrita University.

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As part of this agreement, INCOIS and Amrita University have launched a performance-based community initiative called Tsunami Ready Programme, by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in Alappad Grama Panchayat with the aim of developing tsunami preparedness. Alappad was one of the hardest hit locations during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The deal includes academic, research and capacity building initiatives of INCOIS and Amrita University developing an effective response to disasters.

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The Tsunami Ready program launched by INCOIS in collaboration with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham seeks to build the resilience of coastal communities by raising awareness and preparing strategies. As part of the program, a meeting was held with parish members, the President of the Panchayat, members of the Alappad community and Amrita teachers and students. INCOIS aims to extend the program to neighboring coastal regions.

“INCOIS is pleased to collaborate with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. This MoU will strengthen collaborative research between the academic and scientific community, thereby improving the reach and accessibility of INCOIS’ operational ocean forecasts for the coastal population. In addition, the Tsunami-Ready Community Recognition Program offered under this MoU will build the capacity of coastal communities to prepare for and respond effectively to tsunamis and other ocean-related hazards,” Srinivasa said. Kumar, Director of INCOIS.

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