VIJAYAWADA: As part of the climate risk mitigation programme undertaken by the Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), an emergency system consisting of an Early Warning System (EWS) and a web portal are being readied for the city by the UNDP.
According to the UNDP officials, the emergency system was being developed under a UNDP project called “Enhancing Institutional and Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change (2013-2017)”, which would provide technical support to plan frameworks on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
“EWS facilitates us to send emergency alerts to people in the form of SMS so that they can be ready if there is any calamity. The web portal (www.vmcdisastermanagement.org) is to create awareness among the public regarding the risk management and climatic changes. Both the EWS and the online portal will be ready in a week or two,” said a UNDP official.
The web portal, designed and developed by the UNDP, consists of systematic collection, storage and analysis of data as well as sharing of learning and experiences through knowledge management initiatives, disaster management plans, mitigation initiatives and updates on the risks in the city.
VMC will maintain the website after it starts operations and will be mainstreaming the data.
The UNDP officials said that with these initiatives, it would be easy for the citizens to access data and be aware of the changes. “As this is a city-based portal, the citizens can get complete data pertaining to Vijayawada,” the officer said.
Speaking on the EWS system, Vijayawada municipal commissioner C Harikiran said that the emergency system would be taken up in a week or two as the UNDP is developing the EWS in vernacular languages as well. “Whenever there is an emergency, SMS alerts would be sent to the people intimating the risk. A select 30-40 people in each area will be sent these SMS alerts. Right now, the system is ready in English language. For the convenience of public it is also being developed in vernacular languages,” he added.