Telangana State Heat Wave Portal

PHASE 2: DURING THE HEAT SEASON (ANNUALLY FROM MARCH THROUGH JULY)

►   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. Issue a heat alert state District wide when extreme heat events are forecast. The key agency leaders, IMD, SDMA in accordance with the Communication Plan above may be notified.

2. When necessary Monitor and increase the heat alert level to match the severity of the forecast and threshold established. Special meetings with key agency leaders may be convened.

3. Activate “cooling centers,” such as temples, public buildings, malls, during a heat alert and/or State Government - run temporary night shelters for those without access to water and/or electricity.

4. Provide access to shaded areas for outdoor workers, slum communities, and other vulnerable populations on a large scale. For example, confirm that night shelters stay open all day for migratory populations during a heat alert.

5. Hold regular (daily, if necessary) conference to discuss reports and fresh breaking developments during a heat alert, and ensure that communication channels are functional and operating.

6. Monitor temperature data and forecasts.

7. All non-essential uses of water (other than drinking, keeping cool) may be suspended.

8. Increase efforts to distribute fresh drinking water to the public by opening ‘Chalivendrams’ at people congregation points. For example, expand potable water access during a heat alert at religious spaces including temples and mosques, Bus stations, pouch handouts to the poor and high-risk areas (identified by the mapping of high-risk areas).

9. Inform power supply Companies to prioritize maintaining power to critical facilities (such as hospitals and UHCs).

10. Notify when the heat alert is over.

INDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT (IMD)

►  Communicate Heatwave alerts/warnings promptly.

►  Communicate Max temperatures district-wise periodically.

►  Update heatwave details regularly.

INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS (I & PR) DEPARTMENT

►  Creating awareness among public through advertisements in regional languages

►  Displaying hoardings at important places

►  Creating awareness through TV and Radio spots and jingles

►  Conducting regular press conferences at the State level and District level through concerned Ministers, Secretaries and Collectors on the risks and dangers of heat related illness.

►  Circulating heat wave warnings i.e. text alerts or whatsApp messages in collaboration with private sector telecom companies in addition to traditional media.

►  Sending warnings in bulk to the public via centralized email databases during heat waves.

►  Developing SMS alert system from time to time on treatment systems to send messages to private doctors and medical professionals at Government hospitals including PHCs and UHCs.

►  Utilizing local radio FM broadcast through special programmes and during popular programmes to alert the public.

►  Exploring other means of communication like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsAPP.

►  Collect all news items/reports on Heatwaves daily and report to Government.

MEDICAL & HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS:

►  Display heat-related illness prevention tips and how to stay cool around hospitals PHCs and UHCs.

►  Keep adequate stocks and Ensure availability of medical supplies like ORS in all hospitals/ PHCS/ UHCs, hospitals.

►  Generate reports of the public health impact for Nodal Officer, every week/ month during a heat alert.

►  Deploy additional staff at hospitals and PHCs/UHCs to attend to the influx of patients during a heat alert, if feasible.

►  Increase link worker and community health worker outreach in at-risk neighbour hoods during a heat alert, if feasible.

►  Have Regional Health Officers visit UHCs to confirm proper preparation has been made for heat related illness case audits during heat season may be conducted.

108/104 EMERGENCY SERVICE:

►  Ensure adequate supply of ice packs and IV fluids.

►  Disseminate SMS text messages to warn local residents during a heat alert.

LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT

►  Encourage employers to shift outdoor workers’ schedules away from peak afternoon hours (1pm – 5pm) during a heat alert.

►  Provide emergency ice packs and heat-illness prevention materials to construction workers as pilot project.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY DEPARTMENT

►  Conduct training for Dept., field workers as well as for cattle and poultry farmers on heatwave plan in Animal Husbandry sector

►  Display posters / distribute pamphlets in villages, and important government offices

►  Ensure availability of adequate field staff during heatwave and ensure that they visit villages for follow up action.

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

►  Display posters & distribute pamphlets on prevention of heat related illness

►  Ensure availability of shade, drinking water, ORS et

►  Permit use of school premises as shelter during day time.

►  Establish Health teams at major bus stands / Terminals and other public places

►  Ensure that buses do not run during peak hours (12-4 pm) when Heatwave is declared.

TSRTC

►  Display posters & distribute pamphlets on prevention of heat related illness

►  Ensure availability of shade, drinking water, ORS for passengers & crew at Bus stands, Depots.

►  Establish Health stations at major bus stands / Terminals and other public places

►  Ensure that buses do not run during peak hours (12-4 pm) when Heatwave is declared.

►  Provide emergency ice packs and heat-illness prevention materials to TSRTC staff (Drivers, Conductors) etc.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS

►  Display posters & distribute pamphlets on prevention of heat related illness in Schools and Colleges.

►  Identify shelter space, of shade, drinking water, ORS facilities with signs.

►  Ensure that Schools do not function during peak hours (12-4 pm) when Heatwave is declared.

►  No open air classes to be conducted.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) DEPARTMENT

►  Prepare Dynamic Heat wave Plan with links of Departments for real-time / implementation.

►  Send real time information to all Departments through Dash board/ interface.

►  Activities to be displayed on Dash board/ Interface/Online Monitoring Tool.

►  Activate Heat Wave APP

NGOs, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL

►  Keep cool and hydrated during the heat season by drinking water, staying out of the sun, and wearing light clothing.

►  Check on vulnerable neighbours, particularly during a heat alert.

►  Limit heavy work in direct sun or indoors if poorly ventilated, especially during a heat alert.