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Our Aim

To develop an Improved and effective national Hydro-Meteorological Monitoring System designed to provide real-time or near real-time hydro-met data to support planning, engineering and DISASTER EARLY WARNING activities to promote public safety and reduce vulnerability to potential disaster events.

Our Technology – ALERT History

ALERT is an acronym for Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time, which is a method of using remote sensors in the field to transmit environmental data to a central computer in real time. This standard was developed in the 1970’s by the National Weather Service and has been used by the National Weather  Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, numerous state and local agencies, and international organizations.

For nearly two decades, user groups have maintained close associations with private sector vendors, consultants and government agencies involved with the business of flood warning. This has contributed substantially to the technological advancement of automated real-time monitoring systems. The technologies and methods described at this site illustrate some of the capabilities which have evolved, resulting in many successful flood warnings and partnerships. In addition to  flood warning, these technologies are useful in many other areas of water resource management and planning. ALERT systems have become a standard in real time environmental data collection because of their accuracy, reliability, and low cost.

Benefits of Using ALERT Technology:

  • Low Cost / High Benefits Ratio
  • Real Time Data Acquisition
  • Automated Hydrologic / Hydraulic Modeling
  • Automated Warnings
  • Established Reliable Technology in WorldWide Use

Over 5,000 stations serving more than 2,000 communities

  • Rainfall
  • Water level
  • Weather data
  • Streamflow
  • Groundwater
  • Water quality

Our Regional Neighbours Trust Alert Technology

Not only can we find ALERT Technology on the international front but ALERT Technology has been the backbone to effective flood early warning within our region in the following countries:

  • Panama
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Jordan
  • Argentina
  • St. Lucia

When Every Second Counts, Forecast!

It is important to understand that a warning is not useful without a forecasting component of the flood risk before the event actually occurs. In our landscape, rivers are small and steep. Heavy rains usually result in flash flooding across the country. Ensuring that your early warning system comes from rainfall and not from water levels is critical.

Real-time Data Collection and Monitoring

  • Data Collection
  • Communication
  • Data Management
  • System Integration
  • Alerts & Response Planning

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