On March 23rd 2011 Mr.Pain Keesin, the Mayor of Patong Municipality, expressed his confidence about the tsunami warning system and wave detecting radar in Patong. Patong is ready to cope with a disaster and the news reporting system covers the whole area and can work as soon as a disaster is detected.
He also advises that residents and tourists in Patong can be sure that the municipality does not overlook the problem of land slides in the area. The municipality has assigned a company which specialises in land slides analysis to study risky areas and propose solutions.
Mr.Chairat Sukhaban, the Deputy Mayor of Patong Municipality, said “Patong is proposed by the UN to be the model city for Disaster Management together with being the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. Patong is also a candidate for the City with the Best Disaster Management in SASAKAWA AWARD 2011 held in Switzerland this coming May.
In case of a tsunami, people will be warned 1 hour in advance since we have installed tsunami detecting buoys in the Andaman Sea. 2 more buoys will be installed soon.”