Information technology solutions firm Teralogix developed an app that — TaALERT — which gives real-time updates about Taal Volcano activities. Recent advisories from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) saw Taal Volcano registering 254 quakes in just one day.
TaALERT is an all-in-one platform that provides information on disaster preparedness and risk areas. It compiles all reliable information and news about the Taal Volcano. With easy-to-use features, TaALERT can alert people so they can act accordingly should the volcano erupts.
Taal Volcano is an active volcano located in Batangas province, south of Philippines’ capital Manila.
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TaALERT is equipped with a real-time updated map that shows the user’s location relative to confirmed volcanic activity. Reflecting Phivolcs’ published hazard zones, the in-app map allows users to see how far they are from a potential hazard, keeping users informed on what is happening at the moment, and helping them decide on whether evacuation is necessary.
Other than an information bank, the app also serves as an alert system that allows the local government units (LGU) to send emergency alerts in the event of a disaster. The app can also pinpoint the user location and can direct users to the nearest evacuation sites or pickup points during an emergency. Emergency hotlines are also easily accessible for everyone.
With TaALERT, LGUs have access to information regarding users’ updated safety status, aiding them in disaster response and management. Users may also join Safety Groups, where they can monitor the status of their family and friends, as well as facilitate possible group evacuations.
TaALERT is currently available for Android users via the Google Play.