Telangana State Heat Wave Portal

PHASE 1: PRE-HEAT SEASON (FROM JANUARY THROUGH MARCH)


►   CDM & EOPS - Nodal Officer for State

►   District Collector- Nodal Officer for District

►   Commissioner, GHMC- Nodal Officer for GHMC

►   Commissioner-Nodal Officers for Municipal Corporation/Municipalities

1. Convene Meeting with Departments/Organisations/ NGOs involved in rehab /Agencies to review mechanism to respond to extreme heat events.

2. Interact regularly with concerned Departments for review and feedback.

3. Identify high-risk areas of the State/District vulnerable to heat waves and focus on such areas and initiate focused activities on prevention of heat related illness.

4. Organize training for health workers, link workers, school children, and the local community with the Health Department in preventive measures and treatment protocol.

5. Distribute pamphlets and posters in local language with tips to prevent heat stress to hospitals, schools, and professional associations.

INDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT (IMD)

►   IssuePrior Warnings with details of temperature and districts.

►   Conduct awareness workshops for media and Departments.

INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS (I & PR) DEPARTMENT

► Identifying high-risk areas through survey by District Officers of I & PR Dept. as to be made focus of attent

► Developing and designing information materials in local languages on heat stress prevention and tips for health protection during extreme heat events:

            -Posters

            -Pamphlets

            -Booklets

            -CM Open letters to the public to be read in the Gram Sabhas

► Developing spots to be shown in cinema theatres.

► Developing themes for widespread communications through ‘SanskrithikaSaradhi’ artists.

MEDICAL & HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

► Initiate targeted training programs, capacity building efforts and communication on heat illness for medical staff at local PHCs/hospitals and Urban Health Centres (UHCs), nursing staff and also VROs, VRAs, paramedics, field staff and link workers, (ASHA Workers ANMS etc.). Identify the susceptibility of particular wards for special attention.

► Ensure hospitals update their admissions and emergency case records to track heat-related cases. Train hospitals to improve expedience of recording the cause of death certificates. The training could also include recording Information Education & Communication (IEC) efforts.

► Adopt heat-focused examination procedures at local hospitals and urban health centers.

► Promote use of reusable soft plastic ice packs for the state wide UHCs, 108 emergency centres, ambulances and hospitals.

► Explore creation of ice pack dispensaries to increase access to vulnerable communities.

► One day workshops in 18 hospitals with the medical students may be organized before commencement of summer – Director Medical Education (DME).

► Separate beds for the Sunstroke victims may be provided – Director Medical Education (DME) and Telangana State Vaidya VidhanaParishat (TSVVP).

► Help desk with Toll free 104 may be established for further information on Heat Wave – S.O-104.

►Development of separate web portal for getting daily data on heat stroke cases from both private and public health Institutions.

108/104 EMERGENCY SERVICE:

► Create displays on ambulances during local events to build public awareness

► Identify at-risk areas of vulnerable populations, in part by utilizing the list of high-risk areas.

LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT

► Organize awareness camps for employers, factory managers outdoor labourers and workers regarding health impacts of extreme heat and recommendations to protect themselves during high temperatures.

► Utilize maps of construction sites and outdoor work spots to identify more high-risk outdoor workers. Potentially overlay with irradiation map from IMD or heat island map. Conduct publicity campaigns during high-risk days to these specific areas.

► All construction/work site contactors to provide drinking water, ORS and shelter to worker’s laborers.

► Factory Management also to provide cool drinking water, ORS and shelter to worker’s laborers.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY DEPARTMENT

► Review and discuss implementation of Heatwave Action Plan for safeguarding cattle and poultry district heads and also Farmers Training Centres.

► Prepare material like Posters & pamphlets separately for tips to take care of cattle and poultry during heatwaves

► Review availability of necessary medicines for treatment of cattle / poultry affected by heatwave

► Prepare plan for drinking water for cattle with RWS Dept.

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

► Review plan with cab operator / auto / transport associations and also Highway patrol

► Explain importance of proper shade, availability of drinking water and other facilities for passengers

► Distribute pamphlets / posters on heat related illness prevention; Do’s and don’ts for display & further distribution to passengers at Bus stations, bus shelters, cab and auto stands etc

► Ensure availability of proper shade,drinking water for passengers

► Ensure availability with of ORS, Ice pack, and Cool drinking water

TSRTC

► Review plan with Depot Managers/ Zonal Managers.

► Organize heat wave risk awareness programmes for Bus crew, staff at bus stands.

► Explain importance of proper shade, availability of drinking water and other facilities for passengers in bus stations.

► Distribute pamphlets/posters on heat related illness prevention; Do’s and Don’ts for display & further distribution to passengers at Bus Stations, Bus Shelters.

► Ensure availability of proper shade, drinking water for passengers at bus stands.

► Ensure availability with of ORS, Ice pack, and Cool drinking water, in long distance buses.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

► Review plan with Education Department officials (School/Colleges, etc) organise awareness camps classes on heatwave related illness/sunstrokes for teachers and also students

► Explain importance of proper shade, availability of drinking water and other facilities for Students

► Distribute pamphlets/posters on heat related illness prevention; Dos and Don’ts for display & further distribution to students in Schools & Colleges.

► Ensure availability of ceiling fans in classrooms proper shade, drinking water for students.

► Ensure availability with of ORS, Ice pack, and Cool drinking water.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) DEPARTMENT

► Arrange with Planning Department to collect real time information through sensors in Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) for monitoring the temperatures and also for disseminating the same.

► Prepare Dash board with a login to monitor heat wave scenario and its impact constantly.

► Prepare map on web interface with color coding system.

► Develop an Android app for Hyderabad EWS and Telangana State separately for pushing the heat wave or weather warnings to public located in affected areas.

► Request all telecom service providers to send Heatwave messages to subscribers at no cost.

NGOs, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

► Initiate educational preventative trainings aimed at children and distribute heat protection materials at local schools. A workshop for teachers to equip them with knowledge of heat protection tips and materials that they can teach in classrooms. Students can be assigned activities and projects on health dangers of extreme heat.

► Conduct Training workshops and outreach sessions with community groups and mobilizers such as ASHA workers, aanganwadis, Self Help Groups and municipal councils to help inform and also actively involve vulnerable communities. Other sectors such as higher education, NGOs and community leaders may also be involved to increase reach to communities.

► Encourage individuals’ discussion of the early signs of heat exhaustion with their local doctor or Urban Health Centre.

► Inform fellow community members about measures and tips to keep cool and protect oneself from heat.

► Distribute pamphlets & paste, posters in vulnerable areas.