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Howard Ruff has rightly commented,''It wasn't raining when Noah built the Arc.'' Yet another English Proverb suggests,''Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.'' For, if we fail to prepare, we prepare to fail! True when we are speaking about emergency situations. Everyone of us should be conversant with basic knowledge of first aid and have some important phone numbers available with us. These include phone numbers of police stations, hospitals, fire station and most importantly ambulance.
Dhanbad being a predominantly mining city, there are a number of disaster management institutes here. Professional help and trained personnel are required in case of any accident at the mining site. Dhanbad has Apeksha (Phone number: 9905330145), Safety Circle Pvt. Ltd. etc. for handling such situations. Emergency situations in Dhanbad may arise due to road accidents, utilities failure (telecommunications), land subsidence owing to underground mining or coal mining seam fire, electrical short circuits leading to fire, maoist attack and any other disease. In all these cases, timely intervention is expected and this is possible only by being well informed.
There are good hospitals in Dhanbad which provide ambulance to shift sick patients to the hospital. Dwarkadas Jalan Memorial Hospital, Patliputra Medical College and Hospital, Asarfi Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Om Sai Hospital, Pragati Medical and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd., Central Hospital, R.C.Hazra Memorial Hospital, Life Line Hospital, Namdhari Hospital and Research Centre etc. are some famous hospitals in Dhanbad. They also provide ambulance services to refer patients to specialized centres for treatment. Blood Banks save a patient's life by providing timely help with required units of blood. The hospitals mentioned above, provide this special facility. They serve as collection centres also.
It surely takes two flints to make a fire. Prompt help can save lives and property. In cases of fire in mines, the disaster management team takes control over the situation. However, in cases of fire in buildings etc. it is the fire station one has to reach out and fast! The fire department assists in fire fighting and rescue operations.
However, prevention is better than cure and we all should aim for that. It is possible if we are aware of ourselves and our surroundings. Eating and sleeping well at the right time and drinking water while working can go a long way to keep us healthy. Also, we should ensure that the buildings we live in have fire extinguishers and fire alarms fitted along with proper escape routes in case of an emergency.
Dhanbad Police takes its work rather seriously when it comes to establishment of rule of law in the region. It has been successful in controlling crime and naxal activities. They have won immense confidence of the people. Innovative ways such as community policing, regular patrolling, Mahila Police Stations, eve teasing cells and stringent punishments for mafia elements have ensured peace and security in the region.