Cavite State University (CvSU) has partnered with Komunidad to create and activate a multi-hazard impact-based monitoring and early warning system that covers its different campuses spread across the province.
Dr. Hernando D. Robles, university president, official awarded to Early Warning, Alerting System and Equipment project to Komunidad last May 10. The project spans a partnership for the next three years.
This is a step that CvSU, the premiere state university in Cavite, has taken to better protect its more than 25,000 students and over 1,200 faculty and personnel on all its campuses in the event of extreme weather.
CvSU has 13 campuses spread across the Cavite province. Its main branch, a sprawling 70-hectare area known as the Don Severeno delas Alas Campus, is located in Indang, Cavite, while other campuses are in Bacoor, Carmona, Cavite City, General Trias, Maragondon, Naic, Rosario, Silang, Tanza and Trece Martires.
Seven out of the 24 localities in Cavite, however, have been identified as prone to flooding and storm surges, not only making it difficult for students to go to the campus but also posing a risk to their safety.
Komunidad, under their partnership with CvSU, will build a command center for the university that will fortify the education institution’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities for all 13 campuses. The school-based command center provides a comprehensive and unified decision support tool for learners and educators.
Smart weather cameras will be installed on all CvSU campuses, and these will record and observe different weather conditions. The school will also be given access to a web-based threat monitor and site analysis dashboard that will show weather-related hazards and other environmental risks. In times when danger thresholds are met, Komunidad’s system will send early warning alerts to identified recipients on each campus.
Armed with timely and accurate weather information, the CvSU management can make prompt decisions on the cancellation of classes that will protect students and personnel. The school board can also update and even revise their disaster protocols, especially when campuses have also served as evacuation centers in times of disaster.
Komunidad is set to launch its Climate Action and Early Warning Center, which incorporates various elements to enhance CvSU’s capabilities, in the third quarter of 2023. This includes installation of 13 smart weather camera that shall recorded data which will be included in the system’s analytics. An alerting system will also be put up.
Through this, automated risk analysis and impact-based research across each campus will be generated, giving CvSU valuable insights.