GIS tapped for readiness

Posted on November 26, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will revise its risk reduction plan to incorporate the use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) as a disaster preparedness tool, an official said.

Rey M. Gozon, Office of the Civil Defense regional director, said the use of GIS will help develop communities that are resilient to disasters.

GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing and displaying geographically referenced information.

Arsenio A. Fortin, Department of Agriculture regional technical director and coordinator of the regional GIS network, said GIS can help map flood-prone areas and depict the blockage of the road network that would result from an earthquake, among others.

"The continued improvement and sharing of geospatial information becomes even more relevant at this time when we are faced with climate change issues. The use of the technology could help prevent or mitigate the ill-effects of disasters," Mr. Fortin said.

A GIS function called network analysis may be used to calculate the time necessary for emergency vehicles to travel from the fire stations to different areas of a local government unit.

The network considers distance from the fire station and speed of travel based on the type of road, he added. -- Sarwell Q. Meniano