Meteo Rwanda to operationalise Common Alerting Protocol in Rwanda

The Rwanda Meteorology Agency has hosted a three-day training on the installation and operationalisation of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). The training was organised by Meteo Rwanda and two regional experts from the Tanzania Meteorological Authority on behalf of the Public Weather Services Department of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a standard message format designed for “All-Media, All-Hazard”. The World Meteorological Organization recommends the CAP system as a tool to facilitate National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to disseminate early warnings for meteorological hazards. It uses the Internet to compose, approve and share early warning messages to the public through a locally installed server.

Victor J. Massam, Computer System Analyst at the Tanzania Meteorological Agency and Training Instructor, explained that the CAP system is an effective channel to provide warnings to the public. The free service comes as a solution to users who may not have access to real-time messages through traditional media. 

Director General of Meteo Rwanda, Aimable Gahigi, thanked WMO for supporting National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to develop the CAP system. He assured Meteo Rwanda’s continued commitment to implementing the system. 

“We have a range of channels through which weather warnings are disseminated, and the CAP system will help us to reach users who might otherwise miss the warnings provided by Meteo Rwanda,” said Gahigi. 

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is an XML-based data format for exchanging public warnings and emergencies between other alerting technologies. CAP allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over many warning systems through a range of applications, such as Google Public Alerts and others.

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