June 10, 2016 2:31:07 am
IN A bid to make residents aware of any emergency situation in the city during the upcoming monsoon months, the Disaster Management department is launching a mobile application that will give real time information to all users. The location enabled application also includes contact numbers of the fire brigade, ward offices, hospitals and the police on an auto dialler, so that residents can report emergencies to the relevant authorities after the monsoon as well.
The mobile application, which will be launched next week, will be monitored by the staff of the Disaster Management team. Apart from traffic updates, the application also provides updated information pertaining to the weather, tides as well as other details about rainfall like the amount of precipitation, temperature, humidity among others. “In times of emergency, a user can select the ‘Emergency’ tab and contact the nearest fire brigade, ward office, hospital or police station at the click of a button. There will be no need to look up or know the emergency numbers anymore,” said additional municipal commissioner, Ibzes Kundan.
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The disaster management officials stated that the application, which was developed over three months and at a cost of Rs 2 lakhs, will help in a speedy delivery of messages during emergencies. “Using this app, people can plan their travel with the help of information about location specific bus, train and air diversions. People can also add the numbers of personal contacts on the emergency contacts list,” said an official from the disaster management department.
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The application also includes safety tips for 20 kinds of disasters which may occur. The tips have been uploaded on the application in the form of animated video clips including fire in the building, slum and train, bomb blasts in public places, CPR training, landslides, earthquake, cyclone, flooding as well various kinds of biological disasters. “Apart from the agencies needed during emergency situations, if people take certain precautions, the loss of live can be greatly reduced and the app can help people make rational decisions. For this, we need to spread awareness about the manner of conduct during various emergencies,” said the official. The disaster management department will begin telecasting the videos at around 450 BMC schools to begin with. The official added that the videos have been certified by the relevant authorities.
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