Employ ICT for autonomous typhoon and flood information services: premier

  • Date: 2016-07-28
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

At  the  Cabinet  meeting  today,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  stated  that  he  expects  typhoon  and  flood  information  services  to  become  more  comprehensive  by  incorporating  the  information  and  communications  technology  industry  to  create  an  autonomous  integrated  system.

The  premier  made  these  remarks  after  a  briefing  by  the  Ministry  of  Science  and  Technology  (MOST)  on  its  integrated  typhoon  and  flood  warning  information  services.

A  complete  grasp  of  information  is  highly  important  in  disaster  response  and  has  been  greatly  facilitated  by  the  Integrated  Platform  on  Information  and  Intelligence  of  Disaster  website  set  up  by  the  MOST  and  the  National  Science  and  Technology  Center  for  Disaster  Reduction  (NCDR),  the  premier  said.

Lin  noted  that  there  were  discrepancies  between  what  he  saw  when  inspecting  Taitung  after  Typhoon  Nepartak  and  the  scenes  shown  on  television  as  well  as  the  information  provided  by  the  Central  Emergency  Operation  Center  (CEOC).  The  administration  requires  a  review  and  confirmation  mechanism  so  that  the  CEOC  can  compare  and  incorporate  information  from  other  sources  such  as  television  media,  the  Internet  and  local  correspondents.  For  example,  the  photos  and  information  provided  by  local  residents  and  councilors  would  have  supplemented  the  administration’s  understanding  of  the  disaster  in  Taitung  prior  to  the  premier’s  inspection  of  the  disaster  sites.  Therefore,  how  to  integrate  such  information  and  make  disaster  data  more  comprehensive  is  a  direction  that  the  administration  must  work  toward  in  the  future.

The  MOST  stated  that  in  recent  years  it  has  been  proactively  working  to  integrate  various  ministries’  and  agencies’  typhoon  and  flood  monitoring  and  warning  information.  The  NCDR,  an  affiliate  of  the  MOST,  assists  the  CEOC  in  evaluating  information,  integrates  various  agencies’  disaster  data  for  overall  analysis  and  assessment,  and  provides  such  material  as  a  disaster-response  reference  for  the  CEOC,  various  ministries  and  agencies,  and  local  governments.

To  enable  city  and  county  governments  to  share  disaster  information  during  typhoon  response  periods,  in  2015  the  MOST  launched  a  preliminary  plan  to  integrate  central  and  regional  disaster  information.  The  MOST  provided  12  universities  with  subsidies  for  assisting  local  governments  in  delivering  more  advanced  and  detailed  information,  which  was  posted  on  the  NCDR’s  Integrated  Platform  on  Information  and  Intelligence  of  Disaster  website  for  use  by  various  ministries  and  agencies.