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Developing Thailands Disaster Warning Systems

22 June 2017 (Readers 702)

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is developing Thailands disaster warning systems across the country, with the use of modern technology and more communication channels.
Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chatchai Promlert said that the development of the systems aims to improve the efficiency of disaster early warning, linking with other mechanisms involved.
It is also intended to provide quick, accurate, and timely disaster warning messages and information, so that people will be able to cope effectively with disasters. Local people living in vulnerable areas will also be able to monitor the situation closely and receive information on a continual basis.
Moreover, with improved disaster warning systems, relevant agencies will be able to handle disaster risk management in unified operations. Mr. Chatchai said that the Government and the National Council for Peace and Order attached great importance to setting up forecasting and early warning systems.
He said that the issue is also included in the current 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan, 2017-2021. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has, therefore, laid out operation guidelines in the disaster warning process, under the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Plan.
The process comprises several steps, covering both surveillances and monitoring. Relevant agencies with expertise in disaster management and equipped with technical tools will exchange information and work together in conducting analysis and forecasting disaster situations.
Thailand is committed to disaster preparedness at every level. It has also incorporated the priorities for action in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 into the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Plan.
The development of early warning systems is an effort to reduce disaster risk in order to provide timely and effective information that enables people and communities to respond when a disaster takes place.
Disaster preparedness will help prevent and mitigate disasters that might cause impacts on natural resources and result in great losses. It will also create confidence among both local people and visitors.
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