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The secondTsunami Exercise in NEAM (North-Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and connected seas) Region, NEAMWave14, will be conducted during 28-30 October 2014



 Manual (View the document)

 NEAMTWS (View the document)

 Interim Operational Users Guide for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTWS) Version 2.0; November 2011. (View the document

 EXERCISE CARIBE WAVE 11 – Participant Handbook. (View the document

 Communication Test Exercise Manual ICG/NEAMTWS. (View the document

 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. 2011. Reducing and managing the risk of tsunamis. (IOC Manuals and Guides, 57). (View the document

 EXERCISE INDIAN OCEAN WAVE 2011 (View the document

 EXERCISE PACIFIC WAVE 11 – Exercise Manual  (View the document


 NEAMTWS Communication Test Exercises  (View the document




NEAMWave14, as the second Tsunami Exercise in NEAM Region, will attempt to assess the national and local warning dissemination and response mechanisms put in place by Member State CPAs upon the reception of a Tsunami warning from their TWFPs. In addition NEAMWave14 will also address the questions related to the evaluation of alert messages by CTWPs and the issuance of the tsunami messages to TWFPs, as in the previous communication test exercises.

The objectives proposed for NEAMWave14 are:

  1. Validate and evaluate the Candidate Tsunami Watch Providers (CTWP) dissemination process of issuing Tsunami Messages in the NEAM region, also utilizing new communication technologies adopted during NEAMWave12 (see paragraph 3.3 for details);
  2. Validate and evaluate the procedures for countries to receive and confirm the Tsunami Messages issued by the CTWP trough their National Tsunami Warning Centres (NTWC), or the country Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) or the country Tsunami National Contacts (TNC).

3.    Test the dissemination of the warning messages to the relevant agencies that are responsible for emergency response (CPA).

  1. Assess the organizational decision making process about public warnings and evacuations thus sensitizing/launching/contributing to the development of a national policy to tackle the tsunami risk.
  2. Identify best practices (to be shared), criticalities (to be addressed by the programme in the future activities) and room for improvements in the entire process (including the already tested procedures between CTWPs and TWFPs/NTWCs and also the heterogeneous panorama of national capacities to handle the tsunami risk).
For more information on NEAMTWS structural elements please refer to the home page


NEAMWave14 will involve the simulation of the assessment of a tsunami, based on an earthquake-driven scenario followed by alert message dissemination by CTWPs (Phase A) and continued with the simulation of the TWFP/NTWCs’ and CPAs’ actions (Phase B), as soon as the message produced in Phase A has been received. In addition as soon as the message produced in Phase A has been received by the European Commission Emergency Response and Coordination Centre (ERCC) the simulation continues at international level with the activation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (Phase C)

There will be multiple scenarios in NEAMWave14, where each CTWP would be responsible for a single scenario at each scenario play and each non-CTWP Member State will be asked to choose a/the scenario(s) to participate in the exercise.

Download from here NEAMWave14 brochure in English, French and Spanish

There are four scenarios in NEAMWave14, provided by:

Please, download from the following links the NEAMWave14 scenarios

CENALT NEAMWave14 scenario

IMPA NEAMWave14 scenario

NOA NEAMWave14 scenario

KOERI NEAMWave14 scenario

Please refer to the NEAMWave14 Manual for detailed information on the exercise, including its preparation, conduct and evaluation.



TWFPs, in cooperation with national Civil Protection agencies, are invited to inform IOC Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) through their Tsunami National Contacts (TNCs) no later than 1 September 2014 on their participation, including the phases in which they would like to participate, also indicating, if applicable, the level of their participation in Phase B. The definitions of the exercise types can be found in NEAMWave14 Manual. However, TWFPs are invited and encouraged to participate in Phase B at least at the level of a table-top exercise.