WFP and UK support disaster preparedness in Kyrgyzstan through a smart application
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) launched an online and mobile application to facilitate real-time management of disaster preparedness and response operations.
The Information Analysis and Management System (IAMS) application systemizes data collection and analysis of disasters. Thanks to DFID, the app was developed at a cost of US$110,000 as part of WFP's core activities to enhance disaster risk management and build people’s resilience to shocks in the Kyrgyz Republic.
“It is critical for the Crisis Management Centre of the Ministry of Emergency Situations to have an effective tool for instant receipt, storage, analysis and dissemination of information on natural disasters for timely and effective responses to emergencies,” said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Emergencies, Talaibek Temiraliev, at the launch ceremony, at the Ministry. “This is a critical shift from the existing paper-based information system to an automated IAMS that provides the Crisis Management Centre with the capability to ensure timely and effective management of the emergency operations.”
With the IAMS mobile application, representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations will be able to transmit critical information on disasters and emergencies from field locations to the Crisis Management Centre through communications modes, including video streaming. A free public mobile application “112 Kyrgyzstan” will also enable smartphone users to report fire, traffic accident and other emergencies to the Crisis Management Centre.
The IAMS features a robust and dynamic web analysis tool to support identification of sites of disasters and enhanced coordination of emergency responses. The IAMS also integrates a comprehensive database of critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, fire stations in hazard-prone areas. The Ministry of Emergency Situations has already taken full ownership and control of the automated information platform following a series of trainings for Crisis Management Centre staff.
“Frequent natural disasters, such as mudflows, floods, landslides and avalanches, are key drivers of food insecurity in the Kyrgyz Republic and make it hard for people – especially poorer families –to access or afford the food they need,” said WFP Kyrgyz Republic Country Director Ram Saravanamuttu. “Strengthening information systems at the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic is critical to ensure effective management of disaster risks.”
In addition to supporting the development of the IAMS, WFP and DFID have also provided the Crisis Management Centre with technical support and equipment, including a high-capacity server, High Definition displays, notebooks, smartphones and other equipment.
“Disaster mitigation is a crucial part of efforts to support communities to build their resilience and coping capacities,” said the UK’s Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Robin Ord-Smith. “Developing Kyrgyz capacity on disaster risk management will advance emergency preparedness and response and promote sustainable development in the Kyrgyz Republic.”