Palawan gov’t to complete installation of early flood warning system devices

July 23, 2012 9:57 pm 

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, July 23 -– The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) has received the delivery of additional 20 units of Early Flood Warning System (EFWS) devices which are intended to support the accomplishment of flash flood early warning systems in flood prone areas in the province.

PDRRMO chief and lawyer Winston T. Gonzales said the early flood warning systems are solar-powered, and will be utilized to forewarn residents to prepare and evacuate.

If flood waters have reached the first sensor line, the device will create a sound to alert residents to prepare; if the second sensor line is reached by the waters, the device will make another sound to warn people to evacuate.

Sixteen units are allotted to mainland Palawan, while four are for Busuanga. A device has been installed in Barangay Elvita, Narra, a known flood-prone area.

In relation to this, the PDRRMO will also hold orientation activities in barangays where the EFWS devices will be installed to educate residents on their right use and the significance of the warnings it will give the community. Flood drills will also be conducted by the PDRRMO.

Geo-tagging will also be pursued continuously in municipalities to identify the areas that are flood prone; possible routes to be utilized by those who will evacuate during flash floods; and the sites of evacuation areas. (PNA) LAP/CARF/ebp

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