Goa, India: The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) in Goa, India, is mulling over the proposal to go in for an advanced software support system for disaster management to meet the state’s needs in managing emergency situations.
The software, Continual Preparedness System (CPS), is developed for pre-incident planning, response, intelligent real time information gathering, GIS and resource management.
Explaining the capabilities of the CPS, Ashutosh Apte, mamlatdar in disaster management and e-governance, South Goa collectorate, informed that the software “effectively meets all of national disaster management authority guidelines for government agencies, the private sector and NGOs to work seamlessly to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate the effects of disastrous emergency situations”.
Elaborating on the salient features of the system, Apte said that the software “provides unique modelling capabilities used for incidents such as debris forecasting in the event of a storm, earthquake, and also for mass casualty planning and the forecasting of daily resource requirements in the event of infectious or non-infectious diseases”.
Stating that the CPS has been implemented by countries worldwide, Apte said that the software has been successfully used to prepare for bio-terrorism attacks, protect citizens and athletes at the Olympics, recover from the multiple 2004 Florida hurricanes and hurricane Katrina, and protect students and schools in Georgia, Florida and Detroit.
TOI reports that the SDMA is likely to take up the issue with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) India, with a request to sponsor the system for Goa as a pilot project.