NEMO issues warning about fake Tsunami alert

NEMO issues warning about fake Tsunami alert

A fake Tsunami alert has prompted a warning from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

NEMO has said that it  is not responsible for a WhatsApp message relating to Hurricane Matthew and a prediction that a Tsunami will hit the Eastern Caribbean on November 2.

The organization has said that the message did not originate from it or the Met Office.

“Basically this has said to NEMO that we need to be a lot more vigilant- in fact we have a lot of work to do in terms of educating persons as to the official channels of communicating,” NEMO’s  Communications Manager, Kerwin Xavier, told the Times.

Xavier spoke of the need to redouble efforts in helping persons to distinguish between fake and genuine alerts.

He disclosed that NEMO has been putting mechanisms in place to ensure that alerts are sent only through official media outlets, backed up by a presence of NEMO officials on air via video or audio.

“We do not use social media as our first choice, in fact that is not right now part of our protocol and if we were to use social media we would attach audio or video of the authority figure from the organization.” Xavier told the Times.

He explained that if a user of social media did not compose a message and cannot verify its origin or content, the information should not be shared.

“Do not forward it, do not rebroadcast it,” Xavier declared.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    October 12, 2016 at 11:27 am Reply

    Thank you Sir ..just read this message on Facebook!!!

  2. Anonymous
    October 12, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    And it really scared the hell out of me..thank you again for enlightening us on this fake story!!

    1. Anonymous
      October 12, 2016 at 11:40 am Reply

      True or not I’m staying on high ground on Nov. 2nd

  3. Annoyed
    October 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Smh…. a series of unfortunate scheduled events. I want to know who schedule the tsunami and the tornado. And hello. Common sence should tell us that no one can predict the exact date of a natural disaster…. come on guys.

  4. ck
    October 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply

    it’s 2016 NEMO.. get with the program. many persons are on social media 24/7 so why not use it to your advantage to spread your message? . in the event of power outages, how do you expect people to receive your messages?backward thinking if you ask me.

  5. Anonymous
    October 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

    CK please read context in its entirety before replying

    “We do not use social media as our first choice, in fact that is not right now part of our protocol and if we were to use social media we would attach audio or video of the authority figure from the organization.” Xavier told the Times.

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