Warning Systems Installed in Every Flood Hazard Area of Kuban
In the Crimean region of Krasnodar Krai, heads of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations regional departments discussed the first results of warning systems modernization. An issue-related meeting was held the day before, on June 25.
The new warning systems are currently being operationally tested in 29 districts of Kuban. The very first of the new systems was installed in the Crimean region and has already passed the tests. Meeting attendees were shown how the information from sensors located in rivers was sent to the regional situation center, and how then the notification unit in an apartment building went active transmitting "Attention everyone!" signal and a voice message. In addition, special complexes will monitor the level of precipitation and give predictions on possible development of situations.
Director of "Emersit" company, Eugene Sherzhukov provided RUBEZH with updates on the process of warning systems modernization in Krasnodar Krai: "Of course, since the Crimean tragedy the Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and Radiation Safety of Krasnodar Krai had done tremendous work. Emergency notification systems were installed in every of the 29 flood hazard areas of the region. Automated flood situation monitoring system consisting of 190 gauging stations is now operational and the events of recent days show the system’s high efficiency."
The expert explained how the water level in Okart River rose by 2.5 meters per hour during the night on June the 3rd 2014 due to heavy rains, creating a real threat to the residents of several streets in Upornaya village of Labinsky district. Thanks to the monitoring system, district officials and regional services were quickly informed on the rapid floodwaters rise. The dangerous area was contained by rescue services and the residents were warned of the impending danger through the emergency notification system. Some residents were evacuated into safety. Catastrophe was avoided.
Sherzhukov notices, however, that there is still a lot of work to be done on the completion of the public emergency notification system in the remaining areas of the region. The whole system should be organized with centralized management and there is still some room for improvement. To ensure fast response time (3-5 hours) to natural threats, it is planned to equip the existing system with additional precipitation sensors as heavy rainfalls is the main sign of impending danger.
"Any complex system needs constant maintenance, otherwise it can be destined for a very short life. In this regard, the work on organization of maintenance of the newly created systems is one of the priority tasks of the municipal authorities and of the Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and Radiation Safety of Krasnodar Krai" – says Sherzhukov.Источник: 23.mchs.gov.ru