A Two-Way Disaster Warning System in Mozambique Uses SMS and DataWinners

Category : DataWinners - Data Collection for Development

Mozambique’s river basins and coastal zones face chronic vulnerability to extreme weather.

As part of the USAID Coastal City Adaptation Project led by Chemonics International, HNI is supporting Mozambique’s National Disasters Management Institute (INGC) to manage early warning and disaster response with SMS on simple mobile phones.

Saving Lives through Cell Phones in Mozambique | Chemonics

Screen Shot: Chemonics.com

This “impact story” from Chemonics highlights HNI’s role developing the system:

It is the first two-way warning system in Mozambique to use cell phones, making it a low-cost and innovative solution for community members who have access to cell phones.

The system is coming just in time for Pemba and Quelimane, CCAP’s two focal cities. Both have been hit hard with heavy rains and flooding in the past years.

Rapid assessments collected by SMS with the DataWinners platform will allow the INGC to better allocate resources and coordinate public services.