Since 1989, International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) has raised awareness about the importance of taking preventative measures to decrease the devastation that natural disasters can have on communities. On October 13, citizens and governments internationally are encouraged to consider what they can do to prepare for disasters.
IDDR began in 1989 with approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The goal was to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Each year, IDDR focuses on a different theme. This year, the theme is Resilience is for Life, which highlights how the older population can play a critical role in resilience-building through experience and knowledge.
How does WIN-911 celebrate IDDR?
Every day, WIN-911 alarm notification software helps reduce the effects of disasters around the world. WIN-911 is responsible for saving lives in the area around New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu, one of the world’s most active volcanos. When Ruapehu’s crater fills with water between eruptions, the crater’s walls can collapse, causing flood water, mud and sulfur to suddenly flow down the mountain. WIN-911 alarm notification software alerts police, council staff, transportation authorities and scientists before the water destroys everything in its path.
As explained in a previous blog, alarm notification software could likely help prevent a disaster like the one at the September 27 eruption of Mount Ontake, where more than 50 people lost their lives. WIN-911 integrates with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to create a reliable message delivery system. In the case of a natural disaster, WIN-911 sends notifications to the appropriate people in order to prevent devastation, and most importantly, save lives.
More than 170 of the Fortune 500 and 110 of the Global 500 companies use the WIN-911 system for remote alarming. With this number, it is likely that WIN-911 is already protecting countless people across the globe.
Happy Natural Disaster Reduction Day!