Asia-Pacific E-Resilience Toolkit Tool
Arko Philippines Typhoon Application
Region: South-East Asia
Hazard Type: FloodsTyphoons / CyclonesExtreme Weather
E-Resilience Phase: PreparednessCommunication with Citizens
DRM Phase: Preparedness and Response
Organization: Pointwest Technologies Corporation / NOAH
The Philippines is hit by several typhoons a year. Most of the time, these cause major flooding that can be a danger to people's life and livelihood. Against this backdrop, the smartphone application Arko aims to address the need of Filipino citizens for more information during times of major rains, typhoons and floods. By accessing the extensive databases of Project NOAH and DOST, Arko enables a user up-to-the-minute updates on rainfall and other weather conditions in close proximity or chosen location.
- Flood Mapping: Using data from previous floods (like Ondoy), Arko shows users which areas are prone to flooding so they may be avoided, or designate a safe zone where evacuees can go to during floods.
- Remote Monitoring: Arko allows users to check on how flooding and/or rainfall is in other areas. This feature is targeted at those who worry if a family member, loved one or friend is doing fine despite the weather.
- Weather Advisory: By connecting with Project NOAH, PAGASA and DOST's various weather monitoring facilities, Arko gives users updates on the weather.
The Arko smartphone application is available on iOS and Android operating systems.