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Typhoon Yolanda and the use of Tudlo

HAIYAN (YOLANDA) became an Extremely Catastrophic Super Typhoon and considered as the most powerful of all Super Typhoons for 2013 devastated Central Philippines which includes Leyte, Samar Provinces, Northern Part of Cebu, Coron Palawan, Ormoc as well as the whole of Central Visayas. The first landfall area of the super typhoon landed at Northern Leyte early morning on Friday, November 08.

At least 30 dead reported from several islands as of this writing while it terrified millions of people as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and houses, giant waves also washed away flimsy houses and shoreline structures.

One thing that empowers communities in dealing with disasters like the recent Typhoon Yolanda was technology. Philippines’ Disaster Preparedness, Awareness, Rescue, Recovery and Response get technological boosted through Tudlo. Tudlo provided a state-of-the-art web and mobile application designed to be used on the best smart phones, tablets and PCs commercialized so far. Tudlo provided reliable mobile and web service which permits to display to the users up-to-date and customized information on the status of every life events reported such as disaster and emergency situations.

The name Tudlo came from the Visayan word for “to teach,” “to point” and “to guide” and it does all that in responding to disasters. Before the Typhoon came, it serves as a “disaster dictionary,” a mobile guide that teaches people how to respond to different hazards. Tudlo then point people to where they could evacuate safely and then guide them during a rescue and reconstruction.

Though Tudlo has been successful informing people at each event. There is a room for improvement and the Important information based on the people’s feedback were retrieving the wisdom of those in need by helping to stabilize the region during the critical days after the disaster and these were the comprehensive information on the need of rescue, food, medicine, water, shelter and mostly the psychological and mental healing. Keeping in mind on the valuable suggestions, the next release will have more content rich and easy login through social networks.

In the efforts for the Typhoon Yolanda aftermath, the team have setup a site http://yolanda.tudlo.me to aid rescue and recovery. People can find and contribute evacuation, hospital and other places, events and person.

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