BANGUED, Abra, April 12(PIA) -- Disaster preparedness is an all-year round activity and all systems should be checked regularly to ensure their functionality for effective and responsive disaster management program.
The Department of Science and Technology – Abra Field Office (DOST-Abra) led by Menandro Buenafe are going around the different municipalities where the various hydromet devices are installed to check if they are functioning properly.
There are four kinds of hydromet devices- the Automated Rain Gauge (ARG), the Automated Weather Stations (AWS), the Water Level Monitoring Station (WLMS), and the Tandem or Combination of ARG and WLMS (TDM).
They save human labor by automatically recording weather-related information. The
Engr. Ingemar Zarate explained that the ARG measures the volume of rainfall. ARGs are installed in different sections of the Abra River, and almost all the 27 municipalities have an ARG. The data collected by the instruments help forewarn the dangers of flooding.
The AWS provides a timely weather condition of a certain area in its coverage. The data generated from the AWS are directly monitored by the Weather Bureau of the government for ready and easy utilization.
The WLMS on the other hand, measures water level in a particular area where the device is installed. This serves as an immediate warning device for the local people for their appropriate action to prevent dangers of flooding.
The TDM is much more effective as it is a combination of the ARG and WLMS. But not all municipalities have been installed with this device.
Zarate emphasized the need for the people to take good care of these hydromet devices so that these could last longer for their own benefit in terms of safety in times of calamities. (JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)