VHF radio systems for Moʻungaʻone

The Tongan government has installed VHF radio systems in Moʻungaʻone to ensure the community can make fast communication and is timely warned if a tsunami hits.

The alert systems including a portable rain gauge and an outdoor siren-loudspeaker system were installed at the Mo’unga’one Primary School.

Tonga Met Service and town officer would use the system to communicate with locals when there is tsunami alert.

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The outdoor siren-loudspeaker system. Photo/Tonga Government

The town officer can also use the outdoor siren-loudspeaker systems to make community annoncements.

The government personnel who were in the island to install the communication alert systems also conducted training sessions to show the community how to use the equipment effectively.

A statement from government says the initiative “is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of the Mounga’one Community livelihoods to Climate  Changes”.

The Partnership Pilot Project was coordinated by the Government of Tonga’s  Meteorology and Emergency Managements Departments, the Tonga Red Cross, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPREP), the Government of Finland (through the FINPAC Project) and UNESCO.

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