6.2 Utilities in rented buildings
As soon as the emergency operations office building is identified, it is essential to ensure that there is adequate provision of water, electricity and telephone lines.
- All water pipes should be in good condition.
- Water outlets in kitchen and toilets should work well, and broken outlets should be replaced by the landlord.
- There should be proper water storage facilities (overhead water tank and working water pump) and the availability of additional water sources.
- Water heaters should be installed in kitchens and bathrooms.
- All outstanding water bills should be paid by the landlord before the building is handed over.
- The building should have a three-phase line and all power cables should be in good condition.
- The power meter should be in working condition and be able to take on any additional power load needed by CARE.
- All electrical outlets must be safe and leak-proof.
- The capacity to accommodate a heavy duty generator should exist.
- All outstanding electricity bills should be paid by the landlord before the building is handed over.
- There should be an adequate number of telephone lines.
- An international line must be available or easily obtainable.
- There should be provision to draw new connections from external lines.
- The immediate installation of fax, internet and/or satellite service should be available.
- An internal intercom system should be installed immediately.
- All outstanding telephone bills should be paid by the landlord before the building is handed over.