Disaster Management

After the worst floods of November 2015, life-changing disaster was brought to the residents of Chennai tossing up their routine activities.   As a result many have suffered immeasurable destruction, loss, damage and despair. It was at this point, we had intervened with the support of Global Giving to reach out to the neediest in the slums of Teynampet, Chennai. 

In an effort to streamline the relief assistance process,  our team work with Global Giving helped in implementing the delivery of immediate relief work like provision of Dress (nighties, lungi, children wear), food and water packets to 325 people, 43 mats, 100 mosquito nets and bed sheets, 81 Toiletries kits (Bathing soap, washing soap, towel, tooth brush and paste, hair oil, powder, combs, sanitary pads), 81 Provisions kit (Rice, cooking oil, sugar, dhal), 300 Utensil kit (cooking pots, frying pan, ladles, tumblers, plates),100 carbon emission free, smokeless stoves to the flood victims residing in the areas of Teynampet, Chennai

After the completion of our immediate relief activities, we focused on our next project activity – providing individuals with physical incapacities who have lost their assistive devices in the floods with aids depending on the degree of damage, assisting school children with educational supplements and providing construction materials to families who have lost their living shelters to the floods.    

a. Educational supplies         
140 Student chairs, 6 staff chairs, 500 mats, 1 file cabinet, games materials were procured and distributed to four schools; Appadurai Corporation Primary School, Panagal Park Corporation Primary School, Vanniyar Corporation Primary School and  Dr.Giriyappa Corporation Primary School.        
The most deserving students of these schools as well as children at the household levels from Teynampet area were provided with 200 shoes & 1062 socks, uniform, stationery and 120 Identity cards.
b. Aids to people who are living with disabilities
Auxiliary Crutches, elbow crutches, hearing aids, cot were provided to people living with disabilities.
c. Renovation of damaged structures
Survey :-
Many residents who lived in very poor living shelters had lost everything to the floods. Due to the current financial strain, they were unable to rebuild them. As per our project objectives construction materials (tarpaulin sheets) was provided to 90 families thereby ensuring them with a safe living environment.
The surveyed results helped us to narrow down the demands of 104 residents who are women headed families – widows, destitute, aged, women with disabilities, women whose husbands have drinking problems of Thiru.V.Ka Nagar and Thomas Road who were in need of proper roofing / construction materials. The small dwelling units (max. 50 sq.ft)  of these residents belonged to the oldest form of design, thatched roofing (with dried coconut / palm leaves or used plastic carry bags collected from garbages) and has added to overcrowding and congestion.
Without a proper roofing, the rainy season has forced the residents of this locality to seek shelters in the nearby colony which has well constructed roof and this has left young children and elderly people without a safe and protected ambiance. The current financial strain has left these people unable to rebuild the damaged shelters.

Demands outreached:-
Our focused view was to support 104 families with proper construction materials to renovate the building thereby ensuring their safety. These families were provided tarpaulin sheets (roofing material) and other forms of construction materials like bamboos, rope, bricks, cement, etc. to renovate their existing shelters. The provision of these most basic items will allow those affected to have an assured shelter for themselves and take care of their family members under a proper safe roofing. 

In continuation of our project for the flood victims in the slum areas of Chennai, community level awareness and disaster preparedness programme were carried out. The aim was to educate the community - children; older adults and people living with disabilities our primary focus make them better prepared for a disaster. 
The community level training was imparted to the people living in Thiru.V.Ka Nagar, Dr.Giriappa Road and Thomas Road, Teynampet, Chennai. Around 397 participants where children, older adults and neighbours living in that surrounding acted as participants in the training programme. They were educated on immediate first aid, planning which involved identifying organizational resources, formation of teams, determining the roles and responsibilities, communication touch up with neigbhouring communities, etc. to ensure that the response system functions successfully.
The training programme was facilitated with the help of Mr.Palani, Chariman, Red Cross Society, Chennai City; Mr.Lawrence, Demo Organizer, Red Cross Society; Mr.Subramaniyan, First Aid Trainer.The participants kept the training session very active by their constant interaction with the resource person, clearing their queries during rescuing period, immediate sanitary measures they need to adapt to protect themselves from diseases, etc. By the end of the training programme the people of this locality had a clear perspective on flood preparedness.