The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, in light of the rainy weather, is now in the process of installing more sirens, river cameras, and coastal cameras that will help warn residents in case of a flood or high sea water level.

“Actually sa mga impact areas naa ta’y additional nga mga early warning system karon ongoing ang atong installation sa additional early warning, kadtong mga city-wide sirens para makahatag ta’g warning sa atong kaigsuunan, river cameras nag dungag ta sa ibabaw nga dapit sa atong river channels, naa ta’y mga gidungag nga camera pud sa coastal (Actually in our impact areas we added additional early warning system and we have an ongoing installation of additional early warning system — city-wide sirens so that we can immediately issue warnings to our residents, we also added river cameras in the upper part of our river channels and we have cameras located at the coastal),” Baloran said in a media interview on Wednesday.

He added that the new equipment is for their continued monitoring in areas, especially since the city is experiencing localized thunderstorms.

He said that on Tuesday evening, they monitored a slight increase in water level at the Talomo and Davao rivers but they have also monitored it to be subsiding as of Wednesday Morning.

The river camera is being placed upstream of Lipadas River, which will help early information dissemination and early advice for possible evacuation of those living downstream.

Additional city-wide sirens are also being installed at Arroyo Compound, near the Matina River, and in Barangay 5-A near the river mouth.

There is also an ongoing installation of coastal cameras in Barangay 76-A. These are 360 cameras that monitor the sea and surrounding areas.

Baloran added that aside from the additional devices that will provide warning to residents, they are also in close coordination with the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils

“Kung naay weather disturbances gina extend nato ang atong pahimangno no didto sa atong kaigsuunan on the ground sa atong barangay volunteers and responders kanunay nag andam sa weather disturbances (If there are weather disturbances we always extend our warning to the people on the ground, our barangay volunteers and responders who are also always ready in times of weather disturbances),” Baloran said.

He encouraged the public to listen and to read advisories provided by their office on various channels to avoid danger in times of calamities. CIO