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Aug 14, 2012
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The past couple of weeks has seen enough rain to turn large chunks of the metro into scenes reminiscent of the movie Waterworld. While we shamelessly love that film, we're not particularly fond of the devastation brought about by floods. No one wants another Ondoy. But the fact is we're already in the rainy season, and we can't help but feel helpless.

All that rain and flooding also leads to a healthy shower of complaints directed mostly at the government. It's inevitable, and frankly we're getting tired of it. So, instead of pointing fingers at our elected officials, which we think will likely lead to nowhere, we've chosen to look for a solution, a life-saver even, for the coming dire and very wet times. Folks, let us introduce you to project NOAH, a high-tech tool that's made with your survival, the Habagat, and whatever storm or typhoon comes next in mind. 

What is project NOAH?

In a nutshell, NOAH (short for Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) is a weather mapping project created to assist in disaster science research as well as enhance our government's capability in terms of preventing and managing disasters (i.e. floods, landslides). Launched last June, it also aims to give a six-hour lead time in warning possible affected areas of impending floods.

So, who made this possible?

NOAH is actually a response to PNoy's recommendation of having in place a new tool that will help prevent or mitigate disasters. It's a joint project by key government agencies and organizations, headlined by PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and the Department of Science and Technology. If all goes according to plan, NOAH could be one of PNoy's crowning achievements.

How can we access it?

The good news is NOAH is now up online and is open to anyone with Internet access and a PC! Just go to noah.dost.gov.ph to view the portal. It has a Google Maps view of the whole country with loads of options and features (we'll get to that shortly) related to weather forecast and disaster information, among others.

NEXT: What are the main features of NOAH?

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