May 7, 2014

Rwanda to use SMS for disaster management

1399244378n2.jpg The Rwandan Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR) is finalising plans on the use of mobile phone short messaging service to alert the public about looming disasters, an official has said. [via New Times]

quotemarksright.jpgJean Baptiste Nsengiyumva, director of research and public awareness at the ministry, said it would soon be possible for people to receive messages from the Rwanda Meteorology Agency on their cell phones to alert them before disasters strike so they can vacate areas if need be. quotesmarksleft.jpg

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