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Early Warning SMS Alerts Coming to Philippines

March 10, 2014 by

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Super Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines November 10, 2013. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, killed tens of thousands of people. Photo by Kent Truog for CRS

The Philippines, a country with dozens of typhoons every year and still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, may soon see the use of mobile disaster alerts.

“The Senate is endorsing a House bill that will require telecommunication companies (telcos) to send free mobile alerts in times of disasters in a country called the texting capital of the world, which sees roughly 20 typhoons a year,” reports Rappler.

The Philippines Senate is expected to pass the Free SMS Disaster Alerts Act this month.

“Under the bill, telcos will be required to regularly send text messages in times of disaster, with the instructions and information coming from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), state weather bureau PAGASA, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), and other agencies.

The alerts will also contain the contact numbers of local government units, agencies responding to disasters, evacuation areas, relief sites and pick-up points.”

Read the full Rappler article.

Read about CRS’ emergency response and recovery in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

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