Can you recall the strongest typhoon you have experienced? How will you describe the experience? You have learned in your previous science lessons that the Philippines lies in the Pacific Typhoon Belt making it highly susceptible to hydrometeorological hazards. We have around 20 typhoons in a year, about five of which are considered destructive. Many Filipinos believe that these weather calamities have made them resilient.
Resiliency is one thing, preparedness is another. The crafting of disaster response plans is done by concerned agencies for risk reduction and management purposes. Through careful monitoring and planning, the timely, effective, and coordinated response of the national government and its resources can be achieved. With the use of reliable weather tools, accurate data can be gathered and from there, mitigation measures can easily be mapped. In the ultimate, loss of lives and properties and other damages brought about by a disaster will be kept at a minimum.
The Module is intended to equip you with knowledge concerning tools used for Hydrometeorological Hazards.
After going through this module, you are expected to:
1. Familiarize yourself with the different weather tools;
2. State the function of the weather tools;
3. Formulate plan, develop and invent your own tool which may help country in the future monitoring of hazards; and
4. Appreciate the importance of obtaining accurate data and measurements from the tools for risk reduction and disaster response purposes.