Natural disasters, be it earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes, Tsunamis, or floods, can have adverse effects on communities, and infrastructure. Even in adverse times, LPG is found invaluable. The distinct benefits of LPG may provide lifesaving solutions for individuals affected by natural disasters. Being portable, efficient and safe fuel, LPG can be used for cooking, refrigeration, and heating at any location.
During natural disasters the shutdown of electricity and supply of fuel through pipelines can be affected, this is where the role of LPG gas agencies comes in. The agency plays a pivotal role in ensuring the affected areas have a steady and reliable supply of gas for various essential purposes.
Here are some of the defining roles of LPG gas agencies in disaster relief
LPG is packed in cylinders of various sizes, which makes it extremely portable. It does not require a fixed network, connection and installation for utilisation. The portability of LPG help in preventing secondary disaster, as areas which have already succumbed to disasters like flash flood, earthquake, cyclone, or hurricane, can damage pipeline infrastructure. LPG can be transported through roadways, and if road transportation is not possible, then it can also be transported by helicopter.
LPG can be installed for a variety of purposes, including heating, hot water production, power generation, and refrigeration. After a disaster, most of the infrastructure is not in a position to support relief work, this is where the versatility of LPG makes it a valuable resource in disaster situations. Mixing LPG with synthetic natural gas (SNG) can help keep the supply linked open where the natural gas supply is broken.
Compared to other gases LPG has clean and smoke-free ignition. It does not produce toxic gas and has clean burning. In disaster-stricken areas, where the air quality is already compromised, using LPG helps in minimising further pollution to maintain a healthy work environment for survivors, rescue and relief workers.
During the disaster, the electrical infrastructure is often damaged. The electric poles and wires can take days sometimes even weeks to repair. In this situation, LPG is often used as a replacement. As LPG does not require any prior infrastructure for installation, it can be set up at any location, to provide relief through numerous purposes.
LPG gas agencies ensure a steady and reliable supply of LPG cylinders during a disaster. They work with local authorities, state government and federal agencies to ensure the cylinder reaches on time to the affected area. As LPG can be a life saviour during a disaster, it is the role of gas agencies to work on proper storage, and inventory management, along with finding the best routes for uninterrupted supply.
In disaster relief work, LPG is mostly utilised for the purpose of cooking and heating. Gas agencies often set up temporary cooking and heating facilities in disaster-stricken areas. The installation of the cylinder, gas stove, refrigeration system, and LPG-powered geysers is essential for cooking, and maintaining hygiene when their homes may have been damaged or destroyed.
Gas agencies adhere to safety guidelines set by government agencies. During disaster relief, they ensure that all the safety protocols are followed to prevent accidents and maintain the safety of the affected population. Not only your LPG gas agency will follow the protocol, but they provide the necessary training to individuals handling it so that there won’t be mishandling of the cylinder.
Disaster affects lifeline infrastructure, local emergency communication network and demolition of homes. In this situation, millions are forced to seek temporary accommodation. This can be community halls, shelter homes, etc., where people desperately need fresh water and fuel for warmth and cooking.
During disasters, the water systems are mostly broken, and contamination of water is more common than one thinks. To safeguard from consuming contaminated water, LPG is used for boiling water, to kill microbes, and to make it safe for consumption. Apart from that, LPG is used in cooking, power generation, and even powering wireless communication. Making it one of the versatile fuels that supports the relief work.
Being one of the largest dealer and distributor networks in East India, Shivgas is the partner that helps in disaster relief work. East India is prone to flash floods, cyclones, and earthquakes, in these emergency situation the LPG gas agencies in our network reach out to the authorities.
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