Brace for Heat2019


In a few weeks from now, the scorching sun will descend upon us with all its might. If the recent report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is any indication, which it is in all likelihood, then we staring at a global warming of 1.5ÂșC-2°C. This will worsen the situation in cities and will lead to an increase in health risks.

It may not be possible to halt the onslaught of a heat wave but it is very well possible to reduce its effects. It only takes a little advance planning - preparing for the heat even as we continue to battle the cold.

Start by painting your roof white - it will reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat, thus reducing the amount of heat conducted to your home. Add to this kitchen gardens - on the roof or your backyard - to cool down the surroundings further besides bringing you home-grown veggies. Try to plant creepers; the exteriors of your walls could breathe a sigh of relief. You can also try to develop a vertical garden - these have aesthetic value and bring down pollution in addition to bringing down the heat levels.

To set the ball rolling just in time,  the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is organising a workshop on heat wave at Nagpur in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra on 27-28th February 2019. We are bringing on board all the vulnerable States and other key stakeholders to draw the Action Plan for 2019.

NDMA had organised similar workshops at Hyderabad in Telangana and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The results were motivating and we have been able to substantially bring down the number of heat-related deaths.

Without your support, however, zero mortality, will continue to elude us. As the summer will set in, we will continue to remind you of simple and smart tips to keep cool and help others stay cool too. Stay tuned - Be Smart, Be Prepared.

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