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1. What is the purpose of this event?
The event will be an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives in the Tsunami and show support to those who have survived. It is also an occasion to express Thailand’s appreciation to those who helped us in difficult times. The event will also showcase the importance of investing in an effective early warning system and enhancing community resilience in tackling climate change and natural disasters.

2. Why Police Patrol Boat T813?
T813 was a coastal patrol boat in active service with the Royal Thai Police, safeguarding the coast and was anchored at about 1 nautical mile off the coast of Khao Lak. On the morning of 26 December 2004, the 60-tonne boat was swept inland for almost 2 kilometers by the immense tidal force, stopped only by the foot of the Khao Lak Hill, the location affected most heavily by the Tsunami. Later, it was decided that the boat should be left there to remind people of the astonishing power of the 2004 Tsunami and it has become the famous tourist spot of Pangnga.

3. What is symbol of the event and what is its meaning?
The symbol of the event is a picture of the sculpture “Hold Me Close” made by Louise Bourgeo, a world famous French sculptor. The devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami moved Bourgeo to create this hauntingly beautiful piece of art. She gave this invaluable memorial of the event to Thailand before she passed away and it is now kept at Krabi. The sculpture represents a child’s hand partially merging from moving water. The hands gently clasp each other with fingers touching to form arching pyramidal shapes that evoke the feeling of protection and represent people helping each other in emergency situation.

4. What will happen at the event?
The formal ceremony will start around 17.30 hrs on 26 December 2014. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, will preside over the event.
The programme will start with a VDO presentation of the restoration and development of local communities, followed by remarks by Thai and foreign dignitaries, wreath laying ceremony, observance of a moment of silence, poetry reading, candlelight memorial and performance by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. On 27 December 2014, foreign dignitaries will visit Ban Namkhem Community and Chai Pattana Village, which are the disaster-resilient community models. During the whole event, there will be exhibitions at Police Patrol Boat T813 areas showcasing Thailand’s capacity in disaster prevention and mitigation.

5. How can I participate in the event?
General public who are interested in the event can come to the venue without advance registration needed.

6. If I cannot participate in the event, how can I follow the live programme?
The live programme will be broadcasted during 17.00 – 18.30 hrs. through:
- National Broadcasting Services (NBT) Channel
- Website www.ewt.prd.go.th/ewt/prd/main.php?filename=Prd_tv
- Radio Thailand at 88.0 Mhz. (English) and 92.5 Mhz. (Thai)

7. When will the exhibitions open for the public?
The exhibitions are about Thailand’s preparedness regarding disaster prevention and mitigation. The exhibitions are displayed in 3 locations, which are:

(1) At the northern area of the Police Patrol Boat T813 The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Preparedness Centre (ADPC) will exhibit their disaster and crisis management;

(2) At the area next to Memorial Building The local rescue team will demonstrate rescue drill and exhibit their rescue tools;

(3) In the Memorial Building 5 Agencies including (1) the National Disaster Warning Centre, (2) the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior, (3) the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, (4) the Thai Red Cross, and (5) the National Institute for Emergency Medicine in coalition will exhibit Thailand’s preparedness on disaster and crisis management.

General public can visit all exhibitions on 26 December 2014 from 14.00 – 20.00 hrs. Only the exhibitions in the Sweden Memorial Building will be opened for public until 31 January 2015.

8. Where I can park?
Approximately 200 cars can be parked at the southern area of the Police Patrol Boat T813. Participants can also park long the Phet Kasem Road.

9. How general public can help victims of the Tsunami or other disaster-affected people?
You can make donations to the Tsunami Trust Fund which has been established since 2005 to support capacity-building activities in countries in the Asia Pacific regarding disaster preparedness and prevention. More information can be found at http://www.unescap.org/disaster-preparedness-fund.
 
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