The Lotus Eaters

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Lives could have been saved and property damaged minimized if Sri Lanka had an early hazard warning system and a system to evacuate people to prevent the tsunami hazard becoming a disaster. Lives could have been saved and property damaged minimized if Sri Lanka had an early hazard warning system and a system to evacuate people to prevent the tsunami hazard becoming a disaster. Without holding government responsible for preventing future disasters the private sector has taken an initiative to develop an interim concept paper for a national all hazard warning system.

A public warning system can manage the way people behave to prevent hazards from becoming disasters.

An effective warning system will help save lives, minimize economic losses, and lessen trauma and disruption while generating a sense of security among people.

For any system to work it needs to work at every level from gathering data to helping people to safety before a disaster.

“Need for a specified warning system…which would bring together a network of people who has data. Data is of no use unless it is converted into information. Information is of no use unless it is converted into strategy and strategy is