Bhubaneswar: Connectivity is imperative to safety and security of the people in affected regions during the course of Cyclone Fani. Cyclone Fani is said to be India’s strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in 20 years. Whether it is to check on the loved ones, ascertain the climatic situation or reach out for help, connectivity is of utmost importance for people facing this catastrophe. Gauging the situation and being proactive, Jio and Reliance Foundation have taken special measures to keep seamless connectivity for all in the affected areas.
FANI Cyclone – Reliance Foundation and Jio
Network Availability and Uptime: Jio is working to mitigate potential downtime due to power outages of its network infrastructure. Through its multiway redundancy methodology planned for catastrophes such as Fani, impacted towers or network nodes have been optimized to remain online making seamless communication possible. All captive power sources have been adequately stocked with diesel or fuel for any unforeseen eventuality.
Reliance Foundation has been involved with the state disaster management authorities since 27 April 2019 for carrying out preventive communications and support for the at-risk communities in the coastal areas and Jio has provided its digital services to disseminate critical information far and wide.
Cyclone Alerts: Jio has been communicating regular cyclone alerts and updates to nearly 2.5 Lakh fisherfolk/ farmers in the cyclone path districts of Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha since April 27, 2019. The broadcast dissemination modes include Mobile based audio advisories (outbound calls), WhatsApp, JioChat Channel, local cable TV scroll and print media.
Reliance Foundation Helpline: More than 2,000 queries addressed through RF Toll Free Help Line 1800 419 8800
On-the-ground RF Work: Along with District Administration, RF is engaged in evacuating people from low lying areas to temporary camps
On May 2, in Andhra Pradesh, RF along with Marine Police assisted 350 families (657 individuals) living in marine villages namely, Chinagangalapeta, Pedagangalapeta and Narasimhapeta of Srikakulam district to move to temporary camps.
On May 2, in Puri, Odisha, along with Department of Fisheries – an awareness drive was carried about evacuation (move from low lying areas to temporary camps) for 20,000 marine fishing families in 31 hamlets (Penthakata, Puri District).
On May 2, RF staff participated in Disaster Preparedness and Coordination Meeting organized by District Collector, Baleshwar, Odisha and discussed on how RF digital platforms will help Post Disaster Rehabilitation.