The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a new set of guidelines for officials aimed at ensuring proper and timely response during natural and manmade disasters.
In a list of do’s and dont’s categorized on the basis of whether the disaster occurred with or without warnings, the ministry aims to keep a check on the preparedness of officials so that rescue work could be conducted at the earliest.
For example, the nodal agencies responsible for each disaster were spelt out. While the Met Department will be the nodal agency for cyclones, heat and cold waves, the Geological Survey of India will handle landslides and Central Water Commission for floods.
Some of the rules for district administration officials once the disaster strikes include rescue and rehabilitation of stranded people to relief camps, attempts to restore power and drinking water supply, removal of dead bodies of animals and dissemination of information through print and electronic media.
The Ministry has also put out do’s and dont’s for chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological disasters as well.