KUALA Lumpur folk can now get quick updates on disasters through a free service called CePAT, an app by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
DBKL Socio-Economic Development executive director Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff said the app used Telegram as a platform for the public to get updates on disasters and improve on action taken by government agencies.
“The main function of the app is to connect government agencies and the public to give information on disasters faster and in a more effective manner so that response can be quicker, more organised and effective,” Ibrahim said at the launch of the app at the DBKL Enforcement Department office off Jalan Tun Razak.
He added that the app provided information on rainfall, air pollution index, warnings on floods, landslides, accidents, fires, fallen trees, earthquakes, tsunamis and temporary relocation of flood victims.
“The information will come from several government agencies such as the Meteorological Department and Fire and Rescue Department.
“The public can also help by reporting and giving us information on disasters if they are at the scene of the incident so that authorities can take further action,” said Ibrahim.
He added that users would need to take photos of the scene before they can send in a report.
“We will verify the photographs before sending out a response team,” he said.
To use the app, users need to download the Telegram app and search for @mycepat on the app.
Users then click “start” and the system will instruct users to register their phone numbers.
Then, click “update location” to receive reports of any disaster within a 10km radius of their current location.
Users would need to update their location on the app in order to receive updated reports.
Ibrahim said they would monitor the effectiveness of CePAT and then find ways to expand the app including integrating it with Waze.
“I want to see the response time of the emergency response team and revise the action plan if necessary,” he said.
He added that DBKL would be working with agencies such as the Meteorological Department, Department of Environment, Fire and Rescue Department, police, Road Transport Department and Public Works Department to get information and respond to incidents.
Ibrahim also urged the agencies to respond to reports such as accidents within five minutes.
“I hope our response team can be at the scene within five minutes and resolve any issues within an hour,” he said, adding that there should be a key performance index on this.
As for the cost of the app, he said there was no development cost as MPI Valve and Control Sdn Bhd worked with DBKL on the project as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.