Iloilo City (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is encouraging the public to make use of the Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) website for timely information on weather and flooding data.
Project NOAH Executive Director, Dr. Alfredo Lagmay said the government, through the DOST and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) are exploring all means to disseminate timely information on disaster mitigation and risk reduction.
Lagmay said the Project NOAH website, which is equipped with instructions for easy navigation, can be accessed through http://noah.dost.gov.ph/.
Said website is useful for people in taking a closer look of a particular place using different map views to identify flood-prone areas, learn about the probability of rain, and know the amount of rainfall, temperature, air pressure, and humidity in a specific area.
Lagmay also said the website has such helpful features as Weather Outlook which shows probability of rain, Flood Map showing the location or areas prone to flood, and Weather Station which allows the user to know the amount of rainfall, temperature, wind speed, air pressure and humidity in an area.
Data featured on the website likewise come from rain and stream gauges, weather stations, and Doppler radars placed in strategic locations all over the country.
According to the DOST, the website provides a six-hour lead time to help local government units prepare for floods and other hazards.
Project NOAH is part of the government's efforts to prevent and mitigate the effects of natural disasters and risks associated with them. It aims to help people by working with various agencies and disseminate disaster-related information at the earliest time possible.