CAP is an international standard message format being used globally for exchange, processing and decimation of messages which can be sent to a geographically targeted audience in vernacular language.
NDMA is implementing a CAP based message dissemination platform in India.
Alert generating agencies in India like IMD, CWC currently generate s in non-CAP format and these s are disseminated either directly by the generating agencies or by the State Disaster Management Authorities by various means like SMS, TV, Radio broadcast etc.,
CAP based early warning platform will integrate the generating agencies, authorizing agencies and the disseminating agencies on a common platform.
The early warning platform will offer every generating agency with CAP platform interface where in the ing agency can enter the details.
These s will be visible to the SDMA’s for approval/modifications
Approved s will be pushed to the disseminating agencies for dissemination to the citizens of the specific location where the hazard is likely to occur.
Under CAP time taken to disseminate the s and the efficiency of the dissemination mechanism will be vastly improved.
All the stakeholders’ especially senior officials managing disasters need to be well acquainted with the CAP technology and its implementation.