EDC leverages accurate weather forecast with IBM’s The Weather Company, releases early warning during Typhoon Odette
Every year, the impacts of the ongoing climate crisis intensify. These are evident in the increased number and frequency of super typhoons and extreme change in temperatures. To make the best timely decision for the safety of our workers and plants, EDC tapped IBM’s The Weather Company (TWC) tool for advance forecasting and real-time data on typhoons and other natural disasters.
IBM TWC provides EDC with “advance and accurate” weather insights that inform the Company on its decision regarding plant operations during extreme weather conditions. The tool also gives EDC “hyper-local” insights on weather conditions, applicable throughout all its facilities nationwide.
The IBM TWC features 15-hourly forecasts and is deemed as the world’s most accurate weather forecaster, predicting the possibility of flooding, landslides, and typhoons. This tool allows organizations enough time to roll out preventive measures before the calamity hits.
As Typhoon Odette struck the country in December 2021, the IBM TWC provided EDC with advanced insights on its possible impacts. This enabled EDC to share the information within the organization and the local government of Ormoc City’s Disaster Preparedness Team. With these insights, the local government was able to prepare early and evacuate some of the residents on the frontlines of danger. We were likewise able to activate our disaster preparedness plan to keep our workers safe and ensure minimal damage to our power plants.
This partnership is another milestone for EDC in paving the way for purposeful innovation and collaboration in the sustainable management of our indigenous and renewable resources while also ensuring the safety of our human and social capitals.