The necessity for increasing basic preparedness during natural calamities
During natural calamities such as floods, landslides, etc. what would be the basic pre-planned measures essential to be prepared when the calamity does strike? Give useful suggestions and discuss the necessity to be well prepared.
The recent "Gaja" cyclone in Tamil Nadu is perhaps illustrative of what more needs to be done during emergencies. While the Government did take special efforts to move people to places of safety well before the tragedy struck, it did not make any provision for food and water in any venue. Even now, when the schools have just about reopened, there does seem to be a big vacuum in terms of the food arrangements. Alternative arrangements for stay for at least the next thirty days has to be made for people who have lost everything.
It so happens that it is the poorest of the poor who have been affected.The Government has to necessarily do the needful. And before the next tragedy strikes, even when the weatherman issue the warning about likely places to be affected,the Government should coordinate with all voluntary agencies and even political parties to get the food and water ready in all the relief Centers.
This is the most important thing that should be done.