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NVE launches new app for avalanche and flood hazard

An app from the NVE will make it easier to avoid landslide accidents and flood damage and help plan safe trips. It is also useful for police and rescue services.

The app is called Varsom Regobs and also comes in English for tourists. It replaces two old apps and allows users to find everything in one place, says the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

The app should be used to better understand the terrain and make safe route choices. It can also be used by the police and rescue services.

– It will be easier for foreign guides and ski tourists to access and contribute information on avalanche risk, says Rune Engeset in the NVE and head of the Snow Avalanche Notice.

Sharing observations is useful both for outdoor activities, rescue, emergency preparedness and alerting. NVE also wants organized and voluntary rescue services to use the app to share observations, and believe it can save lives and be an effective aid in search and rescue.

– Digital access and transparency about the data base is important. We are the first in the world to do this for avalanche and flood warning, says Ragnar Ekker, avalanche warning in NVE and the one who has led the development of the new product.

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