Early Warning & Climate Change
GEONICA implements advanced early warning systems focused in the following areas of risk:
  • RAINALERT: Flash Floods and Heavy Rains
  • LIGHTNING ALERT: Lightning and Thunderstorms
  • GAMMALERT: Environmental Gamma Radiation
  • SISMOALERT: Seismic activity
An Early Warning System (EWS) is a major element of disaster risk reduction. It prevents loss of life and reduces the economic and material impact of disasters. To be effective, Early Warning Systems need to effectively disseminate alerts and warnings. A complete and effective Early Warning System supports four main functions:
  • Data collection by continuous monitoring and event detection
  • Data Transmission to a Central Receiving Station
  • Risk assessment based on data analysis by the Authorities
  • Warning and Alerts dissemination

Risk analysis involves systematically collecting data and undertaking risk assessments of predefined hazards and vulnerabilities. Monitoring and warning involves a study of the factors that indicate a disaster is imminent, as well as the methods used to detect these factors. Dissemination and communication consist of communicate the risk information and warnings to reach those in danger, in a way that is clear and understandable. Finally, an adequate response capability requires the building of national and community response plan, testing of the plan, and the promotion of readiness to ensure that people know how to respond to warnings