At a recent #SafePH gathering of disaster response advocates including people from National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management (NDRRMC) and organizations from the private sector, one of the things taken up was a presentation on the Batingaw app, developed by NDRRMC in collaboration with and Smart Communications.
Batingaw is an indigenous term meaning “siren”. It is a mobile app developed with tech start-up Tudlo Innovation Solutions Inc. and the OCD-NDRRMC which effectively transforms any smartphone into a safety tool during disasters and emergencies. The app contains Twitter feeds of relevant agencies, media orgs and private sector initiatives, contact info of disaster-related agencies,
Here are screenshots to give you an idea of what’s in it.
|First thing is to create an account|
|Twitter feeds of different agencies here|
|Example of NDRRMC Twitter feed|
|Example of MMDA Twitter feed|
|Contact numbers of government agencies|
|The public can leave updates on weather in their area|
A very useful feature of Batingaw are the different tools available that one can use in case you yourself are caught in an emergency. “Im Safe” lets you designate a mobile number as the default recipient of a text saying you are safe. When you click on “Im Safe” it will send a message and your location to the default mobile number.
|Your pre-assigned number appears in “Send to” and your location is automatically inserted in body text|
And the other tools include a compass, flashlight, siren, strobe light and even an internet radio (although it only has 3 stations as of now).
Download the Batingaw app from the App Store and Google Play.