DAVAO CITY May 17 (PIA)- The Deployment of Early Warning Sytems (DEWS) will help the City’s emergency response services during calamities such as floodings.
“The DEWS will enhance, augment our early warning system which are already established in our communities and cities. “ says Emmanuel Jaldon, chief of the Davao City’s Central 911.
DEWS are hydromet devices such as the Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS) and the Automated Rain Gauge which are installed in rivers which have a history of flooding and which have extensive communities in its riverbanks.
It is a project of the Department of Science and Technology- Advance Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI). About of these devices were installed all over the Davao Region.
The City’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is tasked to monitor the installed DEWS in the city.
“This will greatly help the community, in this case it will automatically give warning in terms of volume of rainfall.” Jaldon said.
The 911 chief hopes the DEWS will expand the program in the different riverbank communities in the city.
Jaldon said the data given by the hydromet devices is an actionable intelligence where the aim is for the community to get away from the hazard and not to be rescued.
He said that rescue is the extreme case and is a result if the community failed to heed the warning given out by DEWS.
Though there have been early warning systems in the rivers, Jaldon said they would want a redundancy of these systems.
One of the DEWS is placed in the Samuel Village in Lizada, Toril district, a riverside community along the Lipadas River. The warning station will have a siren, beacon and a public address system.
The DOST will be conducting a flood drill in Samuel Village tomorrow (May 18). (PIA/RG Alama)