Disaster imagination

After the wrath of Yolanda, both the public and private sectors in local and national level are formulating measures to lessen, if not to zero, the casualties like that of the killer typhoon.

Methodical preventive measures, with the help of science and technology, are devised to provide early warning precautions to the public.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is emphasizing the usefulness of science in boosting the comprehension on term scientific terms during adversities; and improving the disaster planning and preparations from the community to the national level. As they say, Science for Safer Communities!

Last 2012, a Doppler Radar station was constructed in Brgy. Buntatala, Jaro, Iloilo City and this is expected to be completed very soon.

DOST-PAGASA OIC Deputy Administrator for Operations and Services Dr. Landrico Dalida, Jr gave the assurance to finish it on or before June, the start of rainy season in the country.

Worth P100 million, the first doppler radar station in Western Visayas will enhance the agency’s efforts in forecasting upcoming weather disturbance with accuracy and timeliness to prevent vast effect of catastrophes as this can provide concurrent information on rain volume and intensity within 500 kms.

Its capacity to clearly identify thunderstorm would be a helpful feature to help lessen the anxiety of the affected residents.

With science positively intervening in our plans to reduce risk to happen in our community, might as well contribute our share by participating on various disaster mitigation workshops in our locality and arm ourselves with proper and useful knowledge and skills to survive.

The technology around us will only provide us convenience but to take action will still be our option. Preparedness is the key.

“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” — Gen. George S. Patton