NATURAL DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS
Video: Disaster Event Communications in the Philippines using Radiolert
Radio can reach listeners immediately with verbal messages, and is not restricted to limited text characters. Voice messages are over 6 times more impactful that text alone.
RADIOLERT BUILDS YOUR DISASTER RESILIENCE AND BUILDS BETTER COMMUNICATION DURING NATURAL DISASTERS.
Radiolert is an FM radio broadcast system that warns and instructs people about an immediate hazard, emergency or disaster, through any FM radio receiver.
Communicating your timely spoken instructions will increase the awareness and responsiveness of people at risk and provide critical information needed to make life-saving decisions.
The Radiolert system can be used in any situation where it is critical to communicate urgent messages to people in need because it addresses the common communications gaps that exists, before, during and after a natural disaster or calamity.
It requires no additional terrestrial infrastructure – no communications lines, no cellular telephone towers, no external telecommunication systems, no internet.
RADIOLERT is designed as a failure-proof solution, specifically to provide reliable messages to citizens during disasters and emergencies. When other systems fail due to wind, rain or fire, RADIOLERT is designed to be fully operational to allow authorities to communicate with local communities easily and quickly.
INSTRUCTING PEOPLE DURING A NATURAL DISASTER
Imagine a natural disaster has occurred. You need to deliver life saving instructions to the people but the phone lines are congested and communication infrastructure has been knocked out. How will you communicate to those people in their moment of need?
The failure of the internet, fixed and mobile telecommunications systems to cope in the wake a disaster is a clear demonstration of the false security that current or existing infrastructure can create.
We believe that any and every means of communication should be used to get a vital emergency message to as many as possible in a time of need.
It is easy to become complacent, but in many communities, reliable internet and communications infrastructure are the first to fail. Even the modern convenience of mobile phone technology is not immune and local transmission sites can quickly be overloaded, destroyed or lose their link to the network in a time of disaster.
Plugging The Communications Gap
The lack of compatibility between services is a major issue with emergency communications worldwide. It's not a new problem and has been demonstrated time and time again during disasters and emergency scenarios the world over.
No one form of communication is necessarily failsafe in these situations.
There is also a need for the network to be resilient and robust in challenging environments where equipment may be destroyed, conditions change and people are moving about.
The idea behind integrated communications is to build a safety margin for when some communications can and will fail.
Communication does not have to be complicated it just needs to work. Using the FM broadcast band to communicate when other systems fail brings together the smarts of what we do here at EWS with a radio-based medium everyone is familiar with. The FM broadcast band allows us to target anywhere from an area of a few hundred metres, to an entire district, state or the country as needs arise.
Innovative early warning systems are vital in hazard-prone communities to provide the advance warning they need. The more tools we can give communities to prepare, the greater the savings in human life, household assets, livestock and stored provisions will be.