Since the entire mobile network was crippled, it is time to look for this old technology that works with no satellite support. It came in handy during the rescue operations after the Tsunami. Though costly for common citizens, government officials and NGOs may be trained to handle this device to communicate during such disasters.
Collect enough plastic covers at home so that the they can be used to cover your feet while wading through water. Those who can afford can buy and stock a pair of gumboots. Chennaiites should take this simple step to keep diseases at bay.
Keep the pipes carrying drainage water clear so that floodwater can flow into the storm water drains and avoid getting accumulated. If you notice that the openings in the storm water drains are blocked, try to clear them either by yourself or oby alerting the corporation staff. Don’t ever use the manholes of underground sewers to drain floodwater. This will eventually block the sewers in the area.
The next time you see wet spots on the ceiling or cracks in the foundation, fix them immediately as water usually begins to enter through these weak points. Patching them solely with mortar or cement will not suffice as it will become a recurring problem. Experts say it is better to go for masonry caulk with mortar.
If your house is surrounded by water or walls are leaking, the first thing to do is turn of the power supply. This will prevent accidental electric shocks or short circuits. Don’t wait until the Electricity Board staff reach the area and cut off power supply.
Items in Attic
If you have a second floor or an attic at a height of 12 feet or more, expensive items like TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and moving furniture, artwork and photos can be moved to these locations. If this is not possible, ask neighbours living on higher floors for help.
Collect Rain water
At times when sudden rains make the transport of safe drinking water difficult, collect rain water in vessels. Consume it after boiling and filtering it. Allow the collected water to settle down before you boil it. Use the water from the upper portion of the vessel
As a precautionary measure, the local Electricity Board officials may be called to correct all faulty lines and remove all low-lying wires in the locality. If that cannot be done immediately, warn people to stay out of the area. Barricades preventing people from entering may also be erected.
IllustraTions:Tapas Ranjan & AMIT BANDRE