This panel session on Early Warning Systems (EWS) was held in conjunction with the
ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 5/2 meeting on “Utilizing telecommunications/ICTs for disaster risk reduction and management”. This session took place on
Tuesday, 8 May 2018, from 16:00-17:30,
at ITU Headquarters (ITU Tower building, Popov Room) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Objective of the session
This panel session aimed to bring together experts who shared their knowledge and experience on the practical assessment of disaster risk reduction and management at the national level, in organizations, and in critical infrastructure sectors.
Scope of the session
The scope of this panel session was mainly focused on early warning systems as follows:
A. Disaster prediction and detection
- Disaster prediction, including the acquisition and processing of data concerning the probability of future disaster occurrence, location and duration
- Disaster detection, including the detailed analysis of the topical likelihood and severity of a disaster event
B. Emergency alerting
- Emergency alerting on broadcasting, including alerting messages and evacuation information sent from TV and radio.
- Emergency alerting on mobile phones in the areas to be affected.
- Emergency alerting on digital signages in the towns to be affected.
- Emergency alerting on social network services.
C. Safety confirmation and evacuation guidance
- Safety confirmation for first responders, including dispatching first responders to hazard areas after confirming their safety and availability.
- Safety confirmation for citizens, including messaging board for contacting or checking their family members and/or friends.
- Evacuation guidance, including location of shelters, route information to the nearest shelters and amount of emergency goods and foods.
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