PHIVOLCS-DOST Conducts REDAS Trainings for Surigao del Sur, Dinagat and Bohol provinces PDF Print
Thursday, 30 July 2009 01:52

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.

Aside from emergency preparedness and response, REDAS can also be used land use planning.·A·lecture on how to mainstream hazard assessment into land use planning using REDAS is included in the training package.·With REDAS, users can model or simulate earthquake hazards such as ground shaking, liquefaction, landslides and tsunami and plot elements-at-risks.·The READY hazard maps are also incorporated into the software and hence, the software can generate multi-hazard maps including hydrometeorological hazards such as floods, storm surges and rain-induced landslides.·Participants included members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, Provincial Planning and Development Office and Municipal Planning Office.·Other attendees were from PHIVOLCS field offices, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).·Each participant brought their PCs where the REDAS software was installed.·The participants were also taught how to use Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) to build their own risk database.·Forthcoming REDAS trainings are for the provinces of Pampanga, Aurora, Laguna, Albay and Northern Samar as well as follow up trainings for Bohol and Dinagat provinces.