Today, Local Governments of Manila were pounded on twitter for their slow action in declaring cancelation of classes. This after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Agency issued an alert as early as 3:23 in the morning.
Here’s a brief run down of tweets from PAGASA:
PAGASA Tweets rainfall
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Agency issued flood warnings in Metro Manila and nearby areas as early as 3AM.
Storified by Cocoy Dayao · Mon, Jul 02 2012 17:51:45
Another interesting tool that the Department of Science and Technology with PAGASA and other agencies have come up with is a nifty little tool called Project NOAH. It is a brilliant idea that tells you exactly how much rain is pouring down on you in real-time. So yeah, Local government units, and Parents, and schools can use this information to make a very informed decision about school cancelation for example. This is publicly available web application (viewable also on iPad, and iPhone, but tougher to navigate on iPhone), that uses Doppler Radar and other sensors to measure rainfall in the entire Philippines! So yeah, you’re in Cebu or in Mindanao and wanted to know rainfall? This will help. It shows you in real-time, everything. It is brilliant!
I’ve been using it all morning to keep track of the weather. And I’ve noticed that it could be made more user-friendly, and looks like we need more sensors. This is the part where I think Congress (since budget comes from them) should give DOST-PAGASA more monies to make this a very, very superior Application. We need more sensors not just in Metro Manila, but in the entire country.
This is also another example why there should be Internet everywhere. Information like this should be readily available in every street corner. We need an informed population, and the only way to fight stupid is to put information and give it the broadest spectrum of the population.
This is something we could do. This is information, parents, schools, and local governments need to know to make informed decisions about kids, and disaster preparation. We live in a nation where disaster is a constant companion. We live by this year in, and year out, and we finally have technology that can aid us in ensuring fewer lives, are lost; fewer families broken; economic productivity is ensured in spite of the floods and the rain, and materially less destructive. Investment in being smart will do a long way in disaster preparation. Quite obviously no amount of preparation will eliminate tragedy, but an informed citizenry is our first line of defense. So Dear Congress, and GovPH, and the private sector— let’s build this tool, and let’s make it accessible everywhere.