The app will serve to share COE alerts through smartphones during any weather phenomenon1
SANTO DOMINGO. The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), sponsored the design of a new application called AlertCOE that will allow alerts issued by the Emergency Operations Center (COE) to be received by smartphone users.
United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick M. Dunn and COE Director Brigadier General Juan Manuel Méndez launched this important application, which is available for free for Android and iOS and can be downloaded through the Play Store and App Store. AlertCOE shares COE alerts in real time so users know the areas under green, yellow, or red alert, and the nearest shelters. Likewise, COE recommendations may be received before, during, or after any meteorological phenomenon, such as droughts, cyclones, and storms, among others.
Through the application, citizens can take the appropriate precautionary measures in case any phenomenon impacts the country. In addition, it will be possible to access the Observatory of Climate Change and Resilience “INFO Clima RD” which allows for the generation and sharing of climatological information for knowledge, research, and planning. The observatory is available through the website www.infoclimard.org.
During his speech, the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. emphasized the importance of this application to keeping citizens informed and the overall support of the US government in disaster preparedness, management, and mitigation through USAID and the Southern Command.
The launch was attended by the Acting Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Haven Cruz-Hubbard, and the Vice-Rector for Research at INTEC, Víctor Gómez Valenzuela, as well as government authorities.
The COE is the agency that plans and directs all coordination actions between the Dominican institutions of the National System of Prevention, Mitigation, and Response to Disasters.