Volcano Community Alerting
The GOMA region is an area of intense volcanic activity with risks such as earthquakes, air and water toxicity. In addition to these risks mentioned above, there is a great danger of a limnic eruption with a brutal degassing of Lake KIVU, as had happened in Cameroon with Lake NYOS in 1986. The Nyiragongo volcano observations are relatively recent, and despite the efforts of the Volcanological Observatory of Goma (OVG), the civil protection and the surrounding humanitarian ecosystem, the current warning system still has flaws. For a city of more than 1.5 million inhabitants, currently only one siren and some manual flags informs the inhabitants of the danger.
In this digital area, in the event of a brutal evacuation following an imminent volcanic or limnique eruption, the sharing of information between the OVG, the Congolese Government, the large humanitarian community and the population remains a great challenge. Our goal is to design a network of linked communication channels to help alert the community as efficiently as possible, about the increasing or imminent risks. Tech and non-tech combined, we aim to build on existing solutions and work on communication channels trusted by the local population.