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What is a Protocol?

In its simplest form, a protocol is a formal description of procedures, formats and rules for exchanging information. The Model Tsunami Warning Information Dissemination Protocol provides an illustration of the flow of information from the tsunami hazard “data collection” phase through to issuance of warning information to the vulnerable locations by local authorities, or “alerting” phase. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are the common procedures (guidelines) to be followed by authorities and the agencies involved when a Tsunami Bulletin is received.

 
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The Protocol and SOPs are tools that help the National Tsunami Warning Focal Point (TWFP) or agencies responsible for receiving the official warning from the Warning Centre in each country in the Caribbean to respond to the receipt of Tsunami Warning Bulletins  from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.
 
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