An article published in Mashable.com, a US-based news website with around 20 million monthly visitors, and Techinasia.com, a leading online technology news site in Asia, acknowledged two of DOST-NOAH’s mobile applications which help the public in disaster preparedness and management.
“Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) is the official mobile application of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST)’s website of the same name. The app provides a lot of useful tools and information such as weather news and flood forecasting and warning. It also provides a map view of the Philippine ‘Area of Responsibility’ (PAR), rainfall contours, chance of rain, radar images (for Subic, Tagaytay, Cebu, Hinatuan, Tampakan), sensors, and typhoon forecasts. Screenshots and information from the app can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, and even via Bluetooth. But this doesn’t include flood mapping, which is where the next app comes in…”
Meanwhile, the Flood Patrol, also a NOAH mobile app that allows users to report flood in their area took the second slot.
“Flood Patrol by the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) is used with the aforementioned Project Noah for flood monitoring and mapping in the Philippines. Not only does it give people a visual map of flood reports in a certain area, but it also allows them to send flood reports to NOAH to help with the site’s flood mapping. These reports are also used to help pinpoint which areas need immediate rescue and evacuation.”
The Flood Patrol app is available for Android users and can be downloaded for free in Google Play.