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PHIVOLCS Provides REDAS Software andTrainings to Local Government Units
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 08:37
by: Maria Leonila P. Bautista
The REDAS software developed by PHIVOLCS in 2002 is now being shared with local government units at no cost as a tool to initiate mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into the local development planning process under the READY Project. The main feature of REDAS is its capability to simulate earthquake hazard scenarios for any given earthquake.Aside from this, included in the REDAS training package are the built-in READY multi-hazard maps, risk data for individual province and capacity on how to build one's database using maps like Google Earth images and using GPS.
PHIVOLCS-DOST Conducts REDAS Trainings for Surigao del Sur, Dinagat and Bohol provinces
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 17:52
PHIVOLCS-DOST conducted Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) trainings for three provinces as part of the third component of the READY Project.·In this component, the REDAS software which was originally developed by PHIVOLCS for earthquake emergency response, is now being used as a tool to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the local development process under the READY Project.·The Surigao del Sur and Dinagat trainings were held on June 22 to 29, 2009 at Davao City while the Bohol training was held at Bohol from July 6 to 10, 2009.·A total of 55 participants attended the Surigao del Sur, 16 for Dinagat and 38 for the Bohol training.·A total of 43 REDAS license keys were issued to Surigao del Sur, eight for Dinagat and 31 for Bohol.
PHIVOLCS Conducts Earthquake Drill and NDCC Launches Earthquake Preparedness Video
Thursday, 16 July 2009 11:46
On 16 July 1990, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook almost the entire island of Luzon. Nineteen years after, in commemoration of its anniversary and in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, PHIVOLCS will conduct its fourth annual earthquake drill at 9:00 in the morning.
Besides the customary earthquake drill comprised of the Alarm, Response, Evacuation, Assembly, Headcount and Evaluation phases, the five divisions of PHIVOLCS will execute a continuity plan. The Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division (SOEPD) will attempt to carry out its seismic monitoring at the evacuation area with the use of generators for power supply, and wireless and satellite phones for communication. With the aid of its mirror seismic station in Tagaytay City, the central office will continue its operations particularly in plotting the location of the earthquake and issuing earthquake bulletins. Personnel from the other divisions will likewise evacuate and take with them the essential things that will enable them to proceed with their fundamental duties even after a destructive earthquake. PHIVOLCS also invited its neighboring office- UP Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) to participate in the exercise.
Furthermore, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) will launch its audio-visual film on earthquake preparedness at 8:30AM prior to the drill. This will be graced by the Defense Secretary, Honorable Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr., and the Office of Civil Defense Administrator, MGen Glenn Rabonza. ·
With the continuing advocacy for a disaster-resilient country, the NDCC encourages everyone to initiate earthquake preparedness activities in their homes, schools, offices and communities.