Make your cellphone work for you this rainy season
The rainy season is here, but don’t despair. Apart from your umbrella, your smartphone can also be a handy tool to rain-proof yourself this wet season.
Your partner in preparedness, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), brings mobile applications such as Batingaw, Project NOAH Mobile for Android, RainCheckPH, and Accuweather for your convenience no matter the weather.
“Being prepared is key. With apps such as Batingaw, RaincheckPH, Project NOAH Mobile, and Accuweather, the mobile phone or device has become a handy resource tool for anything about the weather so you can plan and prepare your day accordingly,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.
A Tagalog word for “siren,” Batingaw is a pro-active, comprehensive, and rational disaster risk management mobile application adopted by the Office of the Civil Defense-National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-NDRRMC) as a communication tool to help reduce and mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and man-made hazards to vulnerable communities.
With the app, the mobile phone becomes a handy electronic resource not only in times of emergencies. One can access government weather advisories, and real-time on-ground updates on the traffic situation or the level of flood waters in your destination or along your route.
The app also contains tools that includes a flashlight, siren, strobe light, compass, radio, safety tips, and an “I am safe” SMS that can be sent to loved ones during extreme weather events or during emergencies.
Batingaw is designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices. It may be downloaded for free via the App Store (for iOS devices), and the Google Play Store (for devices running on the Android operating system). Another version, PINDOT, is being used by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office for its province-wide preparedness efforts.
Project NOAH Mobile for Android devices
This app brings mobility to the Project NOAH website of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards is a responsive disaster mitigation program developed by DOST and the University of the Philippines.
Its automatic weather notifications allow the user to receive notifications on location-specific weather conditions. It also has an information feature that turns this app into a great learning resource because it simplifies terms and jargons used in weather forecasting.
Project NOAH Mobile may be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store. It is also available for iOS devices.
RaincheckPH is the country’s first rain preparedness mobile app that can alert you with 95-percent accuracy if it is going to rain in your exact location or in your next destination. It uses data from the Project NOAH site.
Covering around 70 cities around the country, the RaincheckPH app quickly alerts users through a pop-up notification whenever the probability of rain in their current location reaches 50 percent within the next four hours.
This gives users enough lead time to prepare for the oncoming downpour or, as the app’s name suggests, take a “rain check” on any activity planned outside their homes. The app’s simple, color-coded design also means mobile users wouldn’t have a hard time understanding the rain alerts for their specific locations.
RaincheckPH may be downloaded for free for iOS and Android devices.
AccuWeather is the world’s largest and fastest growing weather media company, and leading cross-platform provider of accurate, global weather information.
The app is a source for timely, informative, and localized weather forecasts. It provides hourly and minute-by-minute forecasts for any location on the planet, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, and other multimedia channels.
AccuWeather and RaincheckPH are among the 25 initial websites featuring informative and practical content that can be accessed for free via Internet.org by Facebook with Talk ‘N Text, an initiative that aims to make mobile Internet services available to Filipinos who are not yet connected to the Internet.
You can simply download the Internet.org app on Google Play Store if you are using an Android smartphone. You can also access the Internet.org site by typing www.internet.org on their mobile browser if you are using a non-Android handset or a basic phone.
Smart has embraced preparedness as a way of life as manifested by its year-long SafePH program. It has integrated preparedness into its operations, and also promotes it to partner-communities through various initiatives that aim to strengthen the capacities of high-risk communities to prepare for, deal with, and bounce back from extreme weather events, and disasters. To know more about Smart’s disaster preparedness efforts, visit www.smart.com.ph/safePH /PR