DOST orients Kalinga disaster councils on early warning system

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Aug. 3(PIA) -- “Nothing is better than a well informed and prepared community when it comes to disaster preparedness and prevention.”

 

Angel Maguen of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Cordillera regional office stressed this to disaster risk reduction management councils of the province during the orientation on Deployment of Early Warning Systems (DEWS) Projecthere.

Right response action emanate from right data gathered, he said.  

This is the rationale in DOST’s deployment of early warning systems in identified flood-prone sites in the province.

Seven barangays of Kalinga situated near the Chico River are beneficiaries of the project namely Taga and Sucbut of Pinukpuk municipality and Dagupan West, Laya West, Cabaruan, San Juan and Calanan in this City.

Each EWS station is equipped with rain gauge, water level sensor and warning device.

Through the station, rain volume and river water level are monitored and recorded by a sensor that transmits an alarm as soon as warning levels are reached.

Level 1 records 40 percent of water level indicating continued rainfall in the past one hour giving awareness and alert warning. Level 2 records 60% water level indicating continued rainfall for the past three hours giving preparedness and alarm warning while Level 3 records 80% water level indicating continued rainfall for more than three hours giving critical warning and need for response action.

With the project, flood-prone communities are alerted and warned on floods and it helps mitigate the impact caused by this environmental hazard.

Part of the activity was the on-site flood simulation drill in Barangay Sucbut by participating disaster response teams. (PIA Kalinga)

 

EL Kikasa

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