FloodSafe Honduras is a group of MIT students and affiliates working within Honduras to solve community problems using engineering and science skills. Current projects include developing an automated flood early warning system -- the Sistema de Alerta Temprana, or SAT -- and helping with water chlorination projects in the rural North Coast region of Honduras. The warning system has the potential of alerting 10,000 people in the Rio Aguan Basin of impending life-threatening floods. The water chlorination team is developing technology and educational materials to improve community chlorination systems in the municipality of Bonito Oriental.
All MIT students - engineers and non-engineers, those willing to travel to Honduras and those who will help from MIT - are invited to participate.
Our work is a partnership with Centro Tecnico San Alonso Rodriguez of Tocoa, Honduras. We are sponsored by the Edgerton Center and the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT, with funding from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, MIT DLAB, MIT IDEAS competition, MIT Public Service Center, and the Carroll Wilson Award.
NewsMarch 2006 trip was awesome! We installed a radio at Saba connecting our previously installed sensor to the COPECO office where we installed another radio connected to a laptop. This allows the office to monitor the river remotely! Additionally, we installed another sensor at Olanchito logging data and a mini network of soil moisture sensors as a test platform in Tocoa.
January 2006 trip went well despite some hardware issues. We installed a sensor in the river at Saba communicating with a board logging the data on top of our antenna tower. Additionally,We showed a first draft of our educational video to the plumbers and water committee, and they liked it!
The August 2005 trip to Honduras was a success! We helped to install three radio towers and tested their impact on signal strength, and we tested sensor cage designs and gathered river data. We also led a water chlorination workshop to help more plumbers install the toilet-valve chlorination device, and we tested water inflow for bacterial contamination.