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Weather Alert System based on SMS
May 06, 2015

The Earth System Science Organization–India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD) has launched an SMS-based alert system for general public for dissemination of weather and disaster-related (cyclone, severe weather storms, heavy rains) information. Under this round-the-clock web-based operational system, the ESSO-IMD will send SMS to individuals who would register themselves at the weather forecaster's official website (www.imd.gov.in) for this purpose. 

♦ Giving information about natural calamities, the system will also suggest what action needs to be taken. 

♦ ESSO-IMD has started sending SMS based Cyclone/Tsunami/Earthquakes parameters based alerts to disaster managers of Government of India like National Disaster Management and their Control Room of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Central Water Commission (CWC) and DG Shipping etc. along with the disaster managers of the states in 2012. 

♦ ESSO-IMD has also launched a mobile application for Android based smart phone/tablets on Good Governance Day Observed on 25 December 2014. The mobile app by the name ‘Indian Weather’ is downloadable from Google play store, free of cost. Presently, the app provides current weather and 4 days weather forecast across the country for 310 cities. 

♦ The Gramin Krishi Mausam Seva (GKMS) of the ESSO-IMD has been successful in providing the crop specific advisories to the farmers at the district level twice weekly through different print/visual/Radio/IT based wider dissemination media including short message service (SMS) and Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) directly to farming community. 

♦ It has been extended to fishermen along the coast through the SMS facility of ESSO-Indian National centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, since October 2013. It was further extended to be disseminated through ‘Kisan Portal’ since 2014. 

Major benefits likely to be accrued out of these efforts include—Alerts and warning along with agro-meteorological advisories were issued to 51.5 lakh farmers in the second week of April 2015 about the occurrence of thunder/squall along with possible hailstorm in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana had benefitted large number of farmers in taking appropriate safeguards to minimize the crops damage.


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