Outdoor alerting systems in ‘most lighting-prone’ blocks by July 7

Environment Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) Managing Director and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has written to Collectors of eight districts asking them to facilitate installation of outdoor alerting systems in most lightning-prone blocks in their districts by July 7.

The Collectors of Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda, Nabarangpur and Sundergarh districts have been asked to make the system functional in the first week of July.

“The site locations have already been received from your district. The system will be installed on the rooftop of existing buildings and adequate power supply must be ensured at the sites. Earth Network will immediately start the installation process at the identified locations and the system will be made functional in the first week of July, 2019,” said Sethi.

“It is requested to facilitate the installation process of the systems at the identified locations of your district. A suitable nodal officer for each site should be identified for necessary coordination with the Earth Network team who should be in overall charge of the system,” added Sethi.

Notably, OSDMA has made collaboration with the USA-based firm “Earth Networks” to install outdoor alert systems at 14 locations in the most lightning prone blocks of the State on a pilot basis. The system would pinpoint the exact locations of storms and provide automatic warning through alert siren and it will up to a distance of 1 km.

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