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           Here are a few DO's & DON'TS to protect yourself from SMOG/AIR POLLUTION Remain indoors: Go out when it's bright and sunny. Children's and persons especially suffering from heart and lung ailments are advised to stay indoors as much as possible. Use nasal filters or air purifiers, if you experience difficulty in breathing. They can provide short-term relief. Regular intake of fruits rich in vitamin C, magnesium and omega fatty acids will boost your immunity. Drink more water to flush toxins from the body.  Don't use main roads. Pollution drops away substantially when you're walking in smaller lanes away from the main roads.  Avoid strenuous activity, which leads to inhalation of greater volumes of minute pollutants. If you have to exercise, do it indoors, preferably in the evening. Don't step out or indulge in outdoor activities during the early morning or when the levels of air pollution/smog are high.  Keep some air purifying plants in homes

Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2022

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SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE AAPDA PRABANDHAN PURASKAR 2022 GoI invites nominations for the “Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar” for excellence in the field of Disaster Management The Government of India has instituted Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar to recognise the excellent work done by the individuals and institutions in the field of disaster management. The Government of India invites nominations for the “Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar” for excellence in the field of Disaster Management. The online process of application for the  Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar  is presently open. Nominations of Individuals and Institutions can be filed  at “ www.dmawards.ndma.gov.in ” up to 31 st August 2021.  These awards are announced on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 23 rd  January every year. In addition to a certificate, these awards carry a cash award of Rs 51 lakhs for an Institution and Rs 5 lakhs for an Individu

COVID-19 Vaccine Mythbusters

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Myth: People with one or more comorbidities should not get vaccinated.  Fact: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in adults with comorbidity.  Myth: Wearing a mask is no longer necessary after getting vaccinated.  Fact: Ever after getting vaccinated, one must follow covid appropriate behaviour i.e. wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and regularly washing/sanitising hands.  Myth: If you have had Coronavirus, then you don’t need the vaccine.  Fact: It is advisable to receive the complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccine irrespective of past history of infection. One must get vaccinated three months after recovery.  Myth: Vaccine can cause infertility in men and women.  Fact: COVID-19 vaccine is completely safe and there is no scientific evidence to prove that it can cause infertility in men and women.  Myth: Women should not take the vaccine 5 days before and after their menstrual cycle.  Fact: Experts have rubbished the claim and said periods have no effect on the vaccin

Five FAQs - Flood

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What are floods and the factors which cause floods? An overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits, especially over what is normally dry land.  Causes : - • Meteorological factors such as heavy rainfall, cyclonic storms, etc.  • Hydrological factors such as occurrence of high tides.  • Anthropogenic factors such as unplanned urbanization, poor waste management system, ill maintenance of drainage systems, etc. What preparations can people residing in flood-prone areas take?  Be updated about the weather. Prepare an emergency kit with essential items, keep a first aid kit, and keep important documents in water proof bags. One should keep their mobile phones charged and use SMS if necessary. Keep animals untied for their safety.  How should one stay safe during a flood?  During a flood, one should not enter flood waters. If necessary, wear suitable footwear. Stay away from sewerage lines, drains, gutters, electric poles, fallen power lines. Eat freshly cooked food or dry

Common Alert Protocol - Disaster Risk Reduction through an Integrated Alert System

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A huge role in preparing the vulnerable communities for disasters is the Common Alert Protocol (CAP).  What is CAP?  NDMA initiated a CAP-compliant integrated alert system–'सचेत' by partnering with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to disseminate alert messages to end users. CAP allows a warning message to be disseminated simultaneously over many dissemination mediums, thereby increasing effectiveness of the warning. It further ensures that the targeted populations, as well as disaster managers have more reaction time to mitigate losses from an impending disaster. CAP includes integration of all the major national alert generating agencies (IMD, CWC, INCOIS, SASE, etc.), the alert generating agencies in the 36 states and UTs, (SDMAs), and alert dissemination agencies. This platform has been demonstrated for geo-targeted SMS dissemination integrated with the telecom service providers of India in many states and UTs of India. Testing of the platform  The efficacy of the

Do You Know? - Interesting Facts on Cyclones

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Do you know what are cyclones?  A cyclone is an extreme weather phenomenon caused by disturbances around a low pressure area over water bodies. Winds spiral around the centre of this low pressure area in a snake-like coil and gather speed. These winds rotate anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. When it develops over tropical waters, it is known as a tropical cyclone. Tropical cyclones that are formed over the Atlantic Ocean are called hurricanes; those formed over the Indian Ocean are called cyclones, and those which are formed over the Pacific Ocean are called typhoons.  The average life period of a tropical cyclone is about seven days. However, they are relatively short lived over the north Indian Ocean with a life period of about 5-6 days. There are two cyclone seasons in the north Indian Ocean - premonsoon season (April-June) and post-monsoon season (OctoberDecember). The months of MayJune and October-November are known to produce cycl

Double Trouble - Cyclone Tauktae and Cyclone Yaas

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On the morning of 13th May, IMD released information on the formation of a low-pressure area over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area. This was to intensify further in the subsequent 24 hours into a cyclonic storm, named ‘Tauktae’ and move north northwestwards covering the entire west coast of India and make landfall in Gujarat by 17th-18th May.  In view of this, NDMA proactively took a meeting on the very same day with the concerned SDMAs to take stock of the preparations to reduce the effect of the impending cyclone. Do’s and don’ts related to preparation, precautions to take during cyclone were immediately disseminated on social media platforms television and radio. Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi also held a meeting on the 15th to review preparedness of the States, Central Ministries/Agencies for Cyclone Tauktae. Trajectory of Cyclone Tauktae (14-19 May, 2021) A low pressure area formed over southeast Arabian Sea & adjoining Lakshadweep area in the morning of 13th May