A month of activities will be carried out by the National Emergency Management Organisation NEMO in April, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the last eruption of La Soufriere.
NEMO says the activities will run from April 4 – May 4, and will focus on community preparedness for a volcanic eruption and sensitizing the public about the ‘Volcanic Emergency Evacuation’ aspect of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Component of the Trade Winds Exercise 2019.
The activities to commemorate the 40th Anniversary will be officially launched during a ‘Soufriere Blow-Out Exhibition’ scheduled to take place on Friday 12th April, at the car park next to the Postal Corporation in Kingstown.
This will be followed by the Annual Public Education Field Trip to La Soufriere Volcano via the Leeward side of the island on Saturday 13th April.
The other activities planned include a schools exhibition, educational field trips and art workshops. Activities at the community level include volcano movie nights, and community evacuation planning.
The activities will be conducted in collaboration with the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre with support from the Soufriere Monitoring Unit, the Forestry Division and the UWI SRC Volcano Ready Communities Project SVG.