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NDMA’s Pakistan School Safety Framework Pilot Programme enters into 3rd phase of Implementation

Islamabad: 16th December 2016:

While December 16th is commemorated for the victims of Army Public School attack in 2014 National Disaster Management Authority moves forward in the final phase of its pilot programme for School Safety. Pakistan School safety Framework pilot programme aims to implement school safety in all schools of Pakistan in order to prepare effectively against natural or man-made hazards. Total 68 schools were selected including both public and private schools with mutual consultation of education departments and secretariats of the Private School Systems. NDMA in collaboration with UNICEF and British Council has already completed the first phase of Pakistan School Safety Pilot Programme in which 30 aster trainers were trained at Lahore. In the Second Phase, 209 teachers from each of the nominated 68 schools were trained by the Master Trainers and equipped with thorough knowledge and practical exercises pertaining to school safety.The third phase of the Pilot Programme is in progress till January 2017 in which the trained teachers will further develop respective school safety plan, raise School Safety Organisations, undertake the self-assessment of the School Safety Standards in accordance with Pakistan School Safety Framework and also prepare school community for response against disasters in respective schools. The evaluation on the implementation of the plan will be monitored by the team of evaluators along with NDMA representatives in February 2017. The Comprehensive School Safety Framework when finalized will provide a much needed direction for disaster risk management in all type of schools.

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NDMA Continue Efforts in Response to PIA Aircrash at District Abbottabad

Islamabad: 8 December 2016:

In continuation with yesterday’s  efforts for recovery of the dead bodies of unfortunate victims of PIA aircrash, the search operation has been concluded. All 47 dead bodies have been retrieved from the wreckage of plane.

In recovery mission salients of NDMA efforts are

  • NDMA made 3 helicopters (requisitioned from Ministry of Interior) available for transportation of the dead bodies to Islamabad PIMS hospital from where the dead bodies will be handed over to bereaved families after verification/identification formalities.
  • The authorities of PIMS hospital have been informed to arrange space in Morgue, facilitation desk at PIMS have been established with provision of lunger by Baitul Mal for the grieved families.
  • Further a state of emergency has been imposed in PIMS Islamabad hospitals.
  • NDMA Teams under the supervision of Member Operations, Brig Mukhtar were detailed at PIMS Hospital Islamabad and Islamabad Heliport to coordinate and facilitate transportation of dead bodies.
  • 30 Ambulances were arranged at Helipad.
  • Civil police and traffic police were mobilized to cordon off the area to ensure smooth movement.
  • The dead bodies recovered from the crash site have been shifted to PIMS hospital Islamabad.
  • NDMA has also requested PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Deputy Commissioner Abbotabad to make necessary arrangements for safe custody of baggage/belongings (found from the incident site) of deceased to their bereaved families in coordination with Civil Aviation Authorities.

NDMA is in constant coordination with all relevant stakeholders to ensure timely assistance.

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NDMA Response to PIA Aircrash at District Abbottabad Tehsil HQ, Havelian 

Islamabad:  7 December 2016:

A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) ATR-42 pk 661 aircraft enroute to Islamabad from district Chitral with 47 passengers on board has crashed in remote hilly area near Tehsil Havelian, district Abbottabad, reportedly 47 passengers died in this sad incident.

  • Taking immediate notice of the situation Prime Minister directed all concerned departments to initiate rescue efforts and provide full emergency assistance.
  • NDMA National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) was activated to provide latest update and information and assistance from NDMA which can be accessed at emergency numbers: UAN 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 will remain active around the clock.
  • Search operation by district administration, police and army troops was launched immediately.
  • PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and District Administration Abbotabad were directed to send rescue teams on site of incident.
  • PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and District Administration Abbotabad and Havelian were contacted to transport all casualties to a single hospital for recognition and further transportation.
  • NADRA was requested to send mobile biometric identification teams at the site to ensure timely identification of the dead bodies and transportation to the respective locations
  • Ministry of Interior placed its helicopters at NDMA’s disposal to evacuate dead bodies.
  • Further, CDA USAR teams were immediately moved for rescue operation.
  • A team of NDMA officials was also dispatched at the site of plane crash to ensure efficient coordination among all relevant departments.
  • Search operation by District Administration, Police and Pak Army troops is still underway
  • Dead bodies recovered at the crash site have been shifted to Hospital Havelian and Ayub Medical Teaching Hospital.
  • Facilitation centre has been established by DCO Abbotabad to facilitate the bereaved families.

NDMA is in constant coordination with all relevant agencies including PDMA KP, District administration Abbotabad & Havelian, CAA Civil Aviation Authority, Army rescue & relief teams, USAR teams, NADRA biometric teams, Doctors and staff of Ayub Medical complex  who have worked round the clock with district administration and medical authorities to ensure timely coordination and all possible assistance to the bereaved families.

NDMA express deep grief over the loss of valuable lives and also share grief of the families who lost  their dear ones in this unfortunate incident.

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PIA Plan Crash: National Emergency Operation Centre Activated: NDMA

Islamabad: 7 December 2016:

On direction of Prime Minister the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has activated National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) to provide latest update and information about the PIA plane crash. The emergency numbers are UAN 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 will remain active around the clock.

NDMA has directed PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and District Administration Abbotabad and Havelian to send rescue and relief teams at the spot and transportation and identification of the dead bodies be arranged at a single location.

Chairman NDMA has also asked Chairman NADRA to send mobile biometric identification teams at the site to ensure timely identification of the dead bodies and transportation to the respective locations

Ministry of Interior has also placed its helicopters at NDMA’s disposal for quick rescue and relief operations. Further, CDA USAR team has been asked to move for rescue operation. A team of NDMA official is also present at the plane crash location to ensure coordination among all relevant departments. Rescue and relief operation by District Administration and Pak Army troops is in progress and dead bodies are being shifted to Ayub Medical Teaching Hospital.

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NDMA starts Piloting Programme of Pakistan School Safety Framework in 68 Public & Private Sector Schools across the Country

Islamabad; 25th November, 2016:

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Pakistan School Safety Framework Document is being piloted in 68 selected public (provincial government, federal government and provincial education foundation schools) and private schools (Beaconhouse, Fazaia School System, Bahria School System, APSACS, City School System) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar), Punjab (Lahore), Sindh (Karachi), Balochistan (Quetta), Islamabad Capital Territory, AJ&K (Muzaffarabad) and Gilgit Baltistan (Gilgit). The purpose of the Pilot Programme is to determine the challenges in the implementation of the Framework and to modify the Framework accordingly. In November, 2015 the NDMA signed a joint work plan with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where the partnership aimed at enhancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery with a special focus on children. The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA, with the support of UNICEF and British Council thus pursued Pakistan School Safety Framework (PSSF) to remain prepared for effective & efficient response against natural or man-made hazards.

The Pakistan School Safety Framework was developed after a series of National level consultative meetings with government and private sector stakeholders and it was also reviewed by international consultants. A consensus was developed in the Final National Consultative Meeting on 17-18 August, 2016 that Frameworks should be pretested through a Pilot Programme and its findings should be reviewed through another Consultative Meeting to refine the Framework before its implementation.

Before the start of Pilot Programme, 68 Schools were selected through the involvement of respective education departments and secretariats of the Private School Systems. From amongst these schools nominations were obtained for School teachers all over the Country to be trained by the expert trainers on School Safety. The Pilot Programme comprises four phases. During the First Phase, a core group of 30 members was trained at Lahore as Trainer of Master School Trainer& Quality Supervisors. In the Second Phase, the Core Group is now responsible for training three teachers and one head teacher from each of the nominated 68 schools on the PSSF. These trainings are being conducted from 22 November to 10 December, 2016 i.e. Balochistan (Quetta) 22 to 25 Nov, Punjab (Lahore) 26 to 29 Nov, Gilgit Baltistan (Gilgit) 29 Nov to 2 Dec, (Islamabad) 5 to 8 Dec, Sindh (Karachi) 5 to 8 Dec and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar) 7 to 10 Dec, 2016.

The same trainers will also train the officers of district education department, building department, fire department and police in carrying out evaluation of schools to ascertain School Safety Standard. These trainings will be conducted in December, 2016.

The third Phase of the Pilot Project will be the roll out of the School Safety Framework to the schools in the month of Dec, 2016 and Jan, 2017. The trained teachers will go back to their schools to develop respective school safety plan, raise School Safety Organisations, undertake the self-assessment of the School Safety Standards in accordance with Pakistan School Safety Framework and also prepare school community for response against disasters.

The final phase of the Pilot Programme at end Jan, 2017  will envisage the evaluation of School Safety Standards through the team of evaluators of district departments of education, building, fire and policealong with representatives of the NDMA and PDMAs. During Evaluation, the schools will share their self-assessment of Safety Standards and their school safety plans. The Evaluation Team will ascertain the School Safety Standards as per the Pakistan School Safety Framework as a 2nd Party Evaluation.

The Gender and Child Cell of NDMA is coordinating the Pilot Programme through the team of experts of British Council with support of UNICEF Pakistan. All stake holders are on board and it is expected that this Pilot Programme will bring in much needed input to finalize the PSSF.

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NDMA provides over 2000 winterized tents to people displaced by LoC Firing  

Islamabad; November 22, 2016:

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday has handed over 2000 winterized tents to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA). These tents were provided on the request of SDMA to cater the needs of the people displaced by the unprovoked firing of Indian occupied forces from across the Line of Control.

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Hosting 13th RCC Meeting is an Honour for Pakistan Zahid Hamid

Islamabad October 19, 2016:

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Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that it was a great honour and privilege that Islamabad was hosting 13th RCC Meeting. He stated this during his address at the concluding session of the 13th RCC Meeting.

The sub-theme of the concluding session of the 13th RCC was Supporting Heart of Asia (HOA) for Enhancing Regional Cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Goals. The participants of this session discussed the road map and action plan of HOA and looked for the opportunities for creating synergies with other regional mechanisms. This aimed at maximizing the impact of efforts and strengthening risk reduction capacities of HOA countries with focus on promoting regional cooperation.  Efforts of Pakistan as a co-lead Country with Kazakhstan for Disaster Management Confidence Building Measures were very well acknowledge by all.

Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in his speech said “Today, the nature of the common challenges that our region faces are complex, multi-dimensional and trans-national” and urged for a stronger emphasis on risk prevention and identification of role of all stakeholders from national to local level.

He observed that the multi hazards threats posed by natural calamities outlines a dire need as well as great scope for extensive and intense mutual cooperation at the regional level. He also expressed Government of Pakistan’s well directed intervention with strong political commitment which ensures better preparedness to mitigate the negative impacts of disasters.

The Meeting ended with the Islamabad Statement summing up the conclusion drawn out of the three days long deliberations and discussions. Delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka. Thailand, Turkey and development partners and international organizations fully endorsed the Islamabad Statement and regarded its recommendation as a valuable objective input for forwarding Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in India in the first week of November this year. Pakistan was nominated as the focal Country to forward the input to UNISDR.

While concluding the Meeting Chairman NDMA, Maj General Asghar Nawaz has stated that in order to better manage risks and crises at regional level, there is an increased need to create synergies in our joint actions and build partnerships to reduce the otherwise significant impact particularly from natural disasters. He concluded that the forums like Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) provide effective platforms for sharing view and deliberate on issues confronting humanity in an environment of neutrality.

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RCC countries call for more investment in Disaster Risk Reduction and technology transfer to save Human lives and Assets

Islamabad  18 October 2016:

Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management cautioned that low spending in Disaster Risk Reduction would further increase the cost to provide humanitarian relief. World Disaster Report, 2016 has also warned countries to invest more before a catastrophe occurs rather than being forced to spend an enormous amount of money afterward. Data shows that up to two-third of total international aid expenditure is devoted to emergencies with a little amount invested in risk reduction.

The committee called for more investment in flood protection, earthquake resilience, drought mitigation, food security, agriculture, climate change adaptation, water and ecosystem conservation.

On the second day of the 13th RCC meeting, experts discussed the challenges and options for implementing the global frameworks including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Sendai Framework for DRR. They identified the creation of linkages between these frameworks is not an easy task and that some concerted efforts are needed to overcome the challenge, drawing commonalities and adopting focused approach.

Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA recommended that a comprehensive monitoring tool must be developed that countries could use at macro level for the effective monitoring and implementation of the three frameworks.

Dr. Peeranan Towashiraporn, Director of ADPC, Thailand said the countries need to enhance risk assessment and information management mechanisms given the risk situation in the region. He stated that Asia-Pacific is the most vulnerable region to disasters.

“More than 5,000 disasters have hit this region since 1970, which killed more than two billion people and effected the lives of over six billion,” he said.

“In the recent past, Indian Ocean Tsunami took the lives of 230,000 people in 14 countries in 2004. Kashmir earthquake killed over 74,000 people in Pakistan in 2005, and Cyclone Nargis killed 1,38,000 people in Myanmar in 2008,” Dr. Peeranan stated and urged the committee to commit to learning a lesson from the history of disasters in this region to work on preventing such losses in future in RCC countries.

Even though most of the Asian countries have disaster risk reduction policies and plans, funding is often not available to avoid emergencies. The participants agreed that disasters are not isolated events. No country can mitigate the cause of natural hazards alone as a disaster in one country disrupts the lives of those living far away.

The RCC delegates also stressed for more regional collaboration on disaster management. Regional mechanism of cooperation such as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Heart of Asia, Regional Consultative Committee and other formal and informal forums are critical to facilitate the implementation of disaster reduction and climate change adaptation related global frameworks.

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Pakistan Committed to the Global Disaster Risk Reduction Frameworks, Policies – 13 th RCC Meeting Takes off at Islamabad Ahsan Iqbal

Islamabad 17 October 2016:

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Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Professor Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan being one of the most experienced country in coping with hazards has played her key role in global discussions and formulation of policies, plans and frameworks at regional and international levels for disaster risk reduction.

He stated this while addressing the Inaugural Session of 13th Annual meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster management here on Monday.

13th Annual Meeting of Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management has kicked off here on Monday. This is the first time Pakistan is hosting this Event since the inception of the Forum in 2000. Delegates and representatives from sixteen members alongside International observers from non-member states are attending the Meeting.

Three days of the Meeting from 17th – 19th October is divided over different sessions to deliberate upon the main theme “Operationalizing Global Frameworks for Risk Resilient Development in Asia” to assess to how the global and regional frameworks for disaster mitigation can be best translated into practice, keeping local needs and perspective in view.

The sub-theme for the first day of the Meeting was Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Implementation Efforts, Challenges and Opportunities. The participants held threadbare discussion in their presentations and plenary discussions. This also afforded Pakistan an opportunity to present its Disaster Risk Management status Report which was by all.

In his speech Minister for Planning observed that Asia is greatly vulnerable to the negative impacts of both geological hazard and climate change phenomena. He, therefore, emphasized the need for an enhanced partnerships for sustainable developments, sharing of knowledge, expertise and technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly for developing countries.

While reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to Disaster Risks Reduction, Minister Ahsan Iqbal said, “Realizing the nature of close linkages between disaster and development efforts, the Government of Pakistan under its Vision 2025 has embarked upon developing strategies to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters”.

Earlier in his welcome Address, Chairman NDMA said that Sendai Frame Work provides the vision for “risk sensitive development as corner stone for sustainability”. He went on to regard Paris Climate Change Agreement as a hope for climatically safer world in future, especially for countries of Asian Pacific Region which are at forefront of vulnerability. Chairman NDMA was categorical in asserting Government of Pakistan’s commitment towards implementation of Global Frameworks and supporting all initiatives to save humanity. Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Chairman Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Mr. Stephan Huppertz, Region Coordinator Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management, Mr. Kim DeRidder, Director, Environment Program, the Asia Foundation and Ms. Javeria Afzal, Associate Country Director, OXFAM Pakistan were among the others who addressed the Inauguration Session of 13 th RCC Meeting. The Meeting is considered a success in the wake of such a large International Participation when voices of diplomatic isolation are echoed by some quarters. The structure and format of discourse was quite practical and objective.

The Meeting is likely to bring out tangible action oriented outputs which will act as a comprehensive input for Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi in Nov. 2016. The delegates were found much impressed by the arrangements and format of the Meeting.#

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Sixteen Asian Nations Gather in Islamabad to Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction through Regional Cooperation

Islamabad 16 October 2016:

At the invitation of the National Disaster Management Authority, Government of Pakistan, high-ranking officials of national disaster management offices and related organizations from 16 Asian countries are all set to meet here today (Monday) to discuss and deliberate upon options for disaster risk reduction through regional cooperation. The Meeting will be concluded on October 19 with a Joint Statement from all the participating countries on reducing disaster risks in Asia Pacific Region through collective efforts.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal will be the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of this 13th Annual Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management. Main theme of 13th RCC is “Operationalizing Global Frameworks for Risk-Resilient Development in Asia”.

This Meeting on Disaster management will offer an opportunity to the member countries to devise collective actions for implementing Global frameworks in a bid to save people lives and properties in the face of climate change phenomenon that threatens to affect development efforts of Asian economies.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan is hosting the Event in collaboration with Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Thailand. The RCC will discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing at national and regional scale the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) is made up of 26 member countries that serve as an informal consultative mechanism on disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific Region. Every year, senior representatives, working on key government positions in the national disaster management system of respective countries participate and exchange experiences in addition to developing practical cooperative programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption.

ADPC, acting as the Secretariat since the Committee’s inception in 2000, will facilitate the Meeting and findings of the Meeting shall pave the way to shape the direction of future programs at regional level.

Participating countries include China, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan. Besides that delegates from Denmark, USA, Switzerland, Germany and different international organizations are participating as observers.

The Meeting assumes importance owing to the fact that it is held three weeks before Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) scheduled to be held in New Delhi in first week of November 2016.  The input of 13th RCC Meeting, will significantly contribute to AMCDRR.

Meeting of such a large scale of foreign delegates including SAARC Countries is considered a diplomatic success as well as recognition of Pakistan’s stature and commitment to global framework and humanitarian cause.

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COMMEMORATION OF NATIONAL DISASTER AWARENESS DAY

Islamabad 6 October 2016:

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) commemorates National Disaster Awareness Day on 8th October with solemnity. The main theme of this year’s National Disaster Awareness Day is “Hamara Azm Tayyar Pakistan”. The events of National Disaster Awareness Day include city branding of major cities, flag march by Emergency Rescue Services, cyclathon and distribution of leaflets on selected locations. The main event to pay tribute to victims of past disasters is not being held owing to Muharram.

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Governments Officers Capacity Building Training/Exercise for Effective Response Management 

Sukkur 27-29 Sep 2016:

Pakistan has been hit by a number of natural disasters since its independence. Some of these disasters have caused severe losses to national economy in various sectors.  Response management in case of any disaster remains the prime responsibility of government. However, in certain cases the humanitarian partners also take part in response, which entails detailed coordination amongst the government departments and with humanitarian agencies.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is making an endeavor to build the capacity of government officials for which a new concept has been evolved. The concept envisages the capacity building of government officials through emergencies response exercise (GOERE). The aim of these situational based training/exercise is to enhance their preparedness and response capacity, coordination mechanism for smooth execution of response and media handling. The concept is being implemented in all the provinces/regions/states through series of training/exercises by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) on behalf of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

In order to educate the government officials and members of humanitarian partners of Sukkur Divisions, NIDM organized the training/exercise from 27-29 Sep, 2016 at Sukkur, in collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and World Food Programme (WFP). A total of 38 individuals from various districts and other humanitarian organizations attended the training/exercise.

NIDM team conducted the training. The training module consisted of interactive discussion and situation based simulation exercise aiming at better comprehension of response mechanism at district level.

The training concluded with the distribution of certificates to the participants on the final day of the training course.

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NDMA and UNICEF Continue Cooperation for Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction

Islamabad 28 September 2016:

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 The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement to extend their partnership for Child Centred Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) in order to enhance the government’s existing capacity and delivery of services to minimise risks for women and children during disasters.

NDMA and UNICEF first signed a joint work plan in November 2015 to pursue a child centered approach in disaster situations to ensure their well-being and protection through preparedness, mitigation and preventive measures in disaster situations. The same year Pakistan volunteered to take the lead in introducing the concept of Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) under the Sendai Framework and laid the foundation for the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

Several national level policy documents have been developed and implemented under the signed work plan, with the aim of knowledge management, research and development, institutional strengthening, capacity building, advocacy and awareness raising. The major achievement is the formulation of the draft of the Pakistan School Safety Framework through a national consultative process. This framework is now being piloted across the country by January 2017 with the collaboration of both the partners.

The partnership achieved concrete results and new areas were identified in the course of pursuing the work plan. The new work plan will focus on the following areas:

  • School Safety and educational continuity in all types of hazards and emergencies ensuring the safety and security of school going children as one of the priority areas.
  • Knowledge management, Capacity building and Institutional strengthening for Child Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
  • Capacity Building and Engagement of relevant stakeholders including the media in terms of disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention.

The main focus of the current joint work plan will remain on School Safety, and roll out of the Pakistan School Safety Framework. The objectives of the School Safety Framework are:

  • To promote a safe working environment for students, teachers and parents against natural and human induced disasters.
  • To ensure the preparedness of the school community against hazards and unforeseen circumstances which may lead to disasters.
  • To enable schools to develop a comprehensive response mechanism in event of a disaster.
  • Awareness creation about possible hazards and developing cooperation with the community.
  • Analysis of the specific vulnerability and hazards of the school environment and mapping of evacuation routes and identified safe places.
  • Practical exercises and evacuation mock drills to enable the school community to be prepared and to act adequately to save lives in case of an emergency.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz while expressing his views said, “I appreciate the partnership for its achievements during the last year, and am very optimistic for the planned future activities. The great positive impact that this partnership has made has been due to the hard work and cooperation of both the partners and I hope for the same level of commitment in the coming year”.

The UNICEF country representative Ms. Angela Kearney said, “We look forward to supporting the NDMA towards the successful execution of these very important interventions in the most effective manner and hope to continue strengthening our partnership for the realization and fulfilment of the rights of children”.

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 NDMA holds National Consultative Meeting on School Safety Framework

Islamabad 18 August 2016:

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Pakistan being a disaster prone country is vulnerable to Natural calamities as well as man-made disasters. Our education institutions particularly the schools have been the worst victim of disasters in terms of destruction and loss of life of children. National Education policy does point out towards the disaster management in schools but no substantial guidelines exist in this regard.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy, formulated in 2013 focuses on prevention, mitigation and preparedness aspects of disaster risk reduction (DRR). The Policy recognized that higher vulnerability leads to higher losses in disaster and hence highlighted the need for effective disaster risk reduction interventions for vulnerable groups. Children form the most important segment of vulnerable groups and require special attention.
In 2015, NDMA undertook the initiative to formulate the concept of Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in concert with UNICEF. The Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA – GCC) is in the process of developing a set of guidelines for the purpose of safety of schools, titled Pakistan School Based Disaster Risk Management (PSBDRM) Framework. The Document is meant to be followed by public and private schools across the Country to build their capacity in terms of prevention, preparedness and response against natural and man-made disasters to ensure minimal damage and loss of life.
The Pakistan School Based Disaster Risk Management (PSBDRM) Framework has the following objectives:

  1. To provide guidance based on the best practicable measures for schools safety in the domain of infrastructure, security, environment and psychological protection.
  2. To institutionalize the Pakistan School Based Disaster Risk Management Framework across Pakistan in all public and private schools in urban as well rural areas.
  3.  To build the capacity of schools to put up a sound local response in a disaster emergency in the school to mitigate losses.
  4. To improve knowledge and awareness about the root causes, characteristics, and consequences of natural and man-made disasters which pose a threat to school and student safety.
  5. To formulate a strategy for monitoring, supporting, and rigorously evaluating a wide range of school and student safety practices, including mock drills.
  6. Put forth a structured coordination mechanism between all stake holders to include school community, parents, government departments, law enforcement agencies and school association etc.

The development of framework, has been an iterative process. The NDMA pursued consultative process with experts in the field of school safety and different stake holders. The National Consultative Meeting was a two day event held in Islamabad on 17 and 18 August. A total of 84 high profile government officials from Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA, along with key donors, development partners and representatives from the education sector participated in the Meeting. During the two day Event the participants gave their invaluable input for the finalization of the PSBDRM Framework Document.

NDMAs initiative was lauded and substance of Framework was greatly appreciated. The consultations were professionally handled by renowned facilitator Mr. Umair Jaliwala. The Framework will be further refined and then piloted all across the Country before its finalization by the end of this year. The Chairman of the NDMA thanked the participants profusely and said that he was delighted with the outcome of the meeting. He said that the invaluable input of the participants greatly contributed towards the clarity, comprehensiveness and overall value of the Document.

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Serena Hotels Donates Rs. 3,769,167 to NDMA

Islamabad 11 July 2016:

Serena Hotels Pakistan has Donated Rs. 3, 769,167 (Thirty-Seven Lakh, Sixty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-Seven Rupees Only) to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Serena Hotels Pakistan has collected this money through its Social Environmental and Educational Development Programme under the slogan “Spirit of Compassion”. The amount was transferred in recognition of NDMAs vital role  during the natural disasters like floods and earthquakes etc.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz appreciated efforts of Serena Hotels through a letter thanks.

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Chairman NDMA Visits Chitral to Oversee Flood Situation

Islamabad 8 July 2016:

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz visited Chitral on third day of Eid to review the progress on relief and rehabilitation work in flood affected areas of the district.

During his visit he analysed actual ground situation after the flash flood which washed away mosque and civilian population in Chitral. He also held meetings with the officers of the local administration and provincial agencies.  Chairman also assessed the needs of the local people and affirmed that all logistics support is being provided by PDMA for urgent relief and early rehabilitation of the affectees.

He also directed his team to send 30 tons of wheat for the chitral flood affectees who have lost their wheat stocks during flood. Chairman NDMA also offered condolence with the bereaved families and also distributed food hampers/relief among them.

He also urged need to create awareness among the common and to sensitized them of impending dangers during the monsoon.

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Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency    Planning Held at Lahore

Lahore, 1st July 2016:

NDMA is pursuing pro active approach and for Monsoon 2016 it prepared a comprehensive ‘Monsoon Contingency Directive – 2016’. This contains input from all stakeholders, incorporates experiences of the past and surveys wider avenues for effective contingency planning. In order to further consolidate these preparations and ensure ground coordinations Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz started a series of consultative meetings with all provincial and regional disaster management authorities by visiting them individually.

This series of consultative meetings started with a visit to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh – Karachi, followed by a visit to Khyber Pukhtonkhwa and FATA Disaster Management Authorities – Peshawar, a visit to State Disaster Management Authority AJ&K – Muzaffarabad and lately a visit to PDMA Punjab – Lahore. These meetings helped in carrying out a detailed review of all pre-monsoon preparations and contingency planning at provincial and district levels.

Meeting at PDMA Punjab was held at Lahore on 1st July 2016. It was co chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab Mr. Jawed Rafeeq Malik. Officials of PDMA Punjab, related lines departments, representatives of NDMA and Pakistan Armed Forces attended the meeting.

Chairman NDMA, while appreciating the efforts of PDMA Punjab and all related provincial departments emphasized the need for extraordinary preparedness in the wake of PMD’s forecast of likely beyond normal rainfalls during this monsoon season. He called for putting in place enhanced measure of Early Warning particularly in areas affected by hill torrents to include areas of Rajanpur and D.G Khan. He stressed the need for a detailed stocktaking of rescue equipment of army and rescue 1122 and formulation of joint plans incorporating resources of army and district emergency services like Rescue 1122 for optimizing the response using Flood Vulnerability vis-a-vis Threat based approach.

Chairman asked all concerned to factor in needs of vulnerable groups i.e., children, women, disabled and aged people in planning and execution of relief operations.

In a separate meeting with Chief Secretary Punjab it was agreed upon to further strengthen coordination mechanism between NDMA and PDMA Punjab vis-a-vis PDMA Punjab and other related provincial and federal departments to ensure better coordination and timely activation of all possible efforts for saving precious human lives and properties.

Chairman NDMA assured fullest support of NDMA to the Government of Punjab.

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NDMA hosting 13th RCC meeting in Pakistan

 Islamabad, 29th June 2016:

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on behalf of Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will host the 13th Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC-13), on 3–4 October 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The RCC-13 will discuss implementing the initiatives set forth by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the new Climate Change Agreement. It will also discuss the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) taking place in New Delhi, India, 14–17 November 2016.

The Regional Consultative Committee is an annual event made up of 26 member countries that serves as an informal consultative mechanism on disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region. Every year, senior representatives working on key government positions in the national disaster management systems of countries participate and exchange experiences in addition to developing practical cooperative programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption.

ADPC, acting as the secretariat since the committee’s inception in 2000, will facilitate the meeting and use its findings to shape the direction of future programs.

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Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Held at Muzzaffarabad (AJK)

Muzaffarabad, 24th June 2016:

NDMA is holding consultative meetings with all provincial / regional disaster management authorities to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning for upcoming Monsoon Season. In this regard a meeting was held with State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) AJ&K at Muzzafarabad on 24th June 2016.
A high level meeting was held at the Chief Secretary AJ&K Secretariat co-chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and Chief Secretary AJ&K Mr. Sultan Sikandar Raja. It was attended by IG Police, Secretary ENSE, Secretary P&D, Secretary Finance, Secretary Information, Additional Chief Secretary Development, Additional Chief Secretary General, Secretary Agriculture, Secretary Electricity, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, representatives of NDMA and Pakistan Armed Forces.
DG SDMA Mr. Zaheer Uddin Qureshi briefed on the preparedness measures undertaken and contingency plans. Chairman NDMA emphasized the need for enhanced preparedness in the wake of above average rainfall predicted during impending monsoon season. He stressed on forward stocking of relief goods, identifications of landslide sites, strengthening of community early warning (EW) System for areas like Neelum / Upper Neelum Valley, Lipa Valley and similar inaccessible areas, initiation of public awareness campaign through radio, prepositioning of earth moving machinery and Identification of save heavens in slide prone areas for relief camps.
Chairman asked all concerned to factor in needs of vulnerable groups i.e., children, women, disabled and aged people in planning and exec of relief operations.
Chairman NDMA highlighted the need for emergency wheat stocking in areas likely to be cutoff due to landslides, engagement of utility stores for pre-positioning of Food Packs in vulnerable areas and need for timely completion of relief stocks procurement.
Earlier in a separate meeting with Chief Secretary AJK It was agreed upon that Government of AJK will work towards operationalization of State Disaster Management Fund (SDMF), for use in emergencies, as mandated under (NDM Act 2010). In this regard it was agreed that request will also be made to the federal government for strengthening of SDMA enabling it to meet the challenges of Climate Change and Disaster Management.
Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts of SDMA in putting in place the preparatory measures based on lessons learnt from the past experiences and prevailing ground situation. Chairman NDMA assured fullest support of NDMA to the Government of AJ&K.

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NDMA, PDMA KP and FDMA Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning.

Peshawar 22nd June 2016:

Chairman NDMA visit KP (Monsoon 2016 meeting) (6)

NDMA initiated Monsoon preparation process including planning, consultations and coordination with all stakeholders, provincial / regional and State Disaster Management Authorities (DMAs) and all related departments ever since the start of 2016. Detailed planning process followed ground coordination and review of preparations down to district level. This comprehensive process closely supervised by Chairman NDMA culminated into the National Monsoon Preparedness Conference held on 9th Jun 2016 at Islamabad. Resultantly, a National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive 2016 was formulated.

In order to consolidate efforts, series of consultative meetings commenced. First meeting was held on 17th Jun 2016 at PDMA Sindh Karachi chaired by Chairman NDMA coupled with a meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh. Second high level consultative meetings was held on 22nd Jun 2016 with PDMA KPK and FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) at Peshawar.

The meeting at Peshawar was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz. NDMA officials, representatives of PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FDMA participated in the meeting.

DG PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Amir Affaq and Director Operations FDMA briefed the Chairman NDMA on preparations for monsoon-2016, existing gaps and preventive measures undertaken based on past experiences and state of preparedness of all relevant departments.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts, emphasized urgent need of addressing the shortfalls, further improvement of Community Early Warning Systems (EWS) in vulnerable areas of flash floods & GLOF, timely stockpiling of required relief items especially at district level and completion of ongoing flood protection schemes beside a need for continuous and vigilant monitoring of Flood Situation.

Chairman further asked for storage of wheat especially in the vulnerable areas of Malakand and Hazara Divisions, prepositioning of earth moving machinery at critical bridges and road sections,

enhancement of measures against rains in TDP camps and early procurement of additional rescue equipment for Army.

After holding consultative meeting, Chairman NDMA had a detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Amjad Ali Khan wherein need for efficient surveillance of ground situation before and during emergencies was stressed. Discussions also included operational matters as related to the Disaster Management at provisional level.  Chairman NDMA assured all possible support to the provincial authorities.

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NDMA and United Nations Entity for Gender Equity & Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Signed an LOA to Strengthen Responses with Focus on Women during Disasters.

Islamabad 21 June 2016:

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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) through support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen responses with focus on women and issues faced by them during and post disasters.

Pakistan has been home to disasters, which have devastating consequences, including widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between women and men.

Women and other vulnerable groups often have fewer resources to protect themselves and, with children, they frequently make up the majority of displaced persons. There are empirical evidences that women are better placed and envisaged to be responsive in these situations. However, their exclusion limits their access to opportunities to recover and rebuild communities. Within this context it is essential to establish solid foundations for survivor-centred response mechanisms in the Country that can be adapted in both emergency and normal settings.

. The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA will be playing an active role towards this direction which includes the development of education sector training material, capacity building of key stakeholders, policy guidance for risk mitigation, prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) in humanitarian programming.

The partnership will contribute towards building the capacity of the NDMA consistent with its mandate to develop guidelines and standards to safeguard the rights and interests of vulnerable groups during disasters. More specifically the partnership aims to enhance the National capacity of the NDMA to formulate, and disseminate the national implementation of multi-sectoral policies and guidelines, and to develop appropriate learning resource packages to guide harmonized implementation of standard operation procedures, minimum standards and other related guidelines as per the aims of the programme.

The Agreement was signed by Maj Gen Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA and Ms. Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Representative, UN Women Pakistan.

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Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Held at Karachi (Sindh).

Islamabad 17 June 2016:

NDMA is holding consultative meetings in collaboration with all the provincial/ regional disaster management authorities to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning by respective provinces/regions for upcoming Monsoon Season. In this regard, a high level meeting was convened through PDMA Sindh in Karachi  today.

The meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz while participants of the meeting included NDMA officials, representatives of all key provincial stakeholders including (Secretaries, Commissioners as well as key departments/line agencies) besides representatives of PDMA Sindh, PMD, Armed Forces and Navy.

DG PDMA Sindh gave detailed presentation on various contours of provincial contingency plan for Monsoon-2016, details of vulnerable districts that may fall in the threat of flooding during the Monsoon Season-2016. The DG also apprised NDMA team on the level of PDMA Sindh preparedness based on lessons learnt from previous floods across the country especially in Sindh province to cope with any rain/flood situation.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts and also stressed the need for strong and efficient early warning dissemination system in place, timely prepositioning of required rescue and relief stocks at the district level. He stressed enhanced and strict coordination mechanism among federal and provincial authorities to generate timely integrated response and quick actions in case of any eventuality during monsoon 2016. He also apprised the participants about national scale contingency plan to combat 2016 monsoon season for which NDMA organized National Conference on June 2016.

After holding the consultative meeting, Chairman NDMA also had detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon where in need to better manage ground situation in case of any emergency was stressed with the support of entire provincial setup. Chairman also proposed raising of Rescue 1122 in Sindh similar to the pattern of Punjab.

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Review of Flood Forecasting Early Warning System at Nullah Lai

Islamabad 15 June 2016:

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Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz held a conference of Frequency Allocation Board, Ministry of Interior and Pakistan     Meteorological Department for early restoration of allocated frequency of Flood Forecasting Warning System (FFWS) Network for Lai Nullah.

Flood Forecasting Warning System (FFWS) is Early Warning System (EWS) installed at Lai Nullah by Pakistan Meteorological Department in 2006. Radio Telemetry Communication installed at Lai Nullah Flood Forecasting Warning System (FFWS) Network, plays a critical role in Early Warning System against the flash flood.

Pakistan Meteorological Department has reported that the frequency on  which Early Warning System communication was working, that Radio Telemetry System has been allocated to NADRA for the Safe City Project due to which currently Early Warning System at Nullah Lai is non operational.

Considering it a serious matter, a number of meetings have been held between Pakistan Meteorological Department and Frequency Allocation Board and NDMA. Chairman NDMA called the head of all Frequency Allocation Board, Pakistan Meteorological Department in order to resolve the issue prior to the onset of impending Monsoon Season.

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NDMA Holds National Pre Monsoon 2016 Preparedness Conference

Islamabad 9th June 2016:

1. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) organized Pre Monsoon 2016 Preparedness Conference, at Islamabad on 9thJune 2016. It was aimed at reviewing all preparatory efforts put in place at Federal / Provincial level for Monsoon Season-2016 and to harmonize all related Provincial and Departmental Plans with respect to Flood Fighting, Rescue, Relief and Post Flood Rehabilitation.

2. Conference was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz. It was attended by senior representatives of various Federal Ministries including Communication, Water & Power and Railways. Officials from WAPDA, Provincial Irrigation Departments, DGs of PDMAs / SDMA / GBDMA / FDMA & IRSA, representatives of Armed Forces, CDA, NESPAK, SUPARCO, Pakistan Red Crescent, UN agencies, Pakistan Boys Scouts Association, Pakistan Girls Guide Association and all other relevant Provincial & Federal Departments.

3. While presenting Monsoon Outlook of 2016, PMD predicted likelihood of 10 – 20% above Normal rainfalls across the country. More than Average rainfall is expected over Punjab, KP, Sindh, AJK & North East Balochistan. Some extreme rainfall events are likely to occur in catchment areas of major rivers which may cause Floods. There is also a high probability of heavy downpour which may generate Flash Flooding along Suleman Range. Some heavy downpour events may produce Urban Flooding in big cities. Some strong incursions of Monsoon currents, coupled with high temperature, may trigger GLOF, Landslides and Flash Floods in Upper KP and GB. FFC presented province wise vulnerable points needing special attention, policy for Dam management, NHA shared progress on preparatory efforts undertaken for various National Highways with focus on KKH, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Dir-Chitral Road, Rawalpindi-Murree-Muzaffarabad Road, Manshera-Naran Road. Pakistan Army Engineers Directorate informed participants about Army’s preparedness measures in support of civil administration. UNOCHA shared resource capacities of UN agencies across Pakistan coordination mechanism.

4. NDMA presented the salient of National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive-2016. NDMA realistically identified the limitations of existing Response Mechanism within which all stakeholders have to operate. Weaknesses based on past experiences were also highlighted for improvement. Four Contingency Scenarios have been visualized by NDMA based on the Pre Monsoon Forecast issued by Pakistan Met Department. These are “Moderately Above Normal Monsoon” (Most Likely), “Intense Monsoon (Probable)”, “Erratic Monsoon (Less Probable)”, Abnormal Erratic Monsoon (Most Dangerous). Participants were asked that National/Provincial Response for Flood Fighting / Rescue / Relief will be configured against “Most Likely Scenario i.e “Moderately Above Normal Monsoon” while all concerned must take safeguard against other three scenarios as well.

5. It was highlighted that Monsoon Season presents threat of Riverine Floods, Flash Floods, Urban Flooding and Glacier Lake Floods. The responsibility Matrix was also presented which defined the role of each department i.e. FFC / Provincial. Irrigation Department being primarily responsible for Riverine / Flash Flood management while Municipal Corporations/ City Development Authorities / District Governments are responsible for Urban Flood Management. NDMA/PDMA and all other Line Departments / Organizations are responsible for Flood Fighting, Rescue, Relief, Reconstruction & Rehabilitation operations within respective domain. Armed forces are to be called for emergency response in Aid of Civil Administration as per Contingency Plans.

6. NDMA Response Directive outlines major response guidelines which include community early warning through SMS Alerts in districts likely to be affected by floods, coordination of relief stocks held with all PDMAs/DDMAs, resource mapping, completion of flood protection works before 30 June 2016, availability of bailey bridges for critical sections by NHA, placement of earth moving machinery in KP, AJK & GB at isolated zones by respective highway departments, timely evacuations at encroached settlements in river plains, enhancement of Early Warning System for communities in Flash Flood prone areas and maintenance of flood rescue equipment.

7. Chairman NDMA while thanking all participants hoped that NDMA’s Response Directive will provide guidance to all Disaster Management Authorities and relevant stakeholders for execution of respective contingency plans.

Media to Play its Role in Awareness Raising for Disaster Management Pakistan is Advancing in Technology for Preemptive Measures for Disaster Management, Chairman NDMA.

Islamabad 06 June 2016:

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Asghar Nawaz and Prime Minister Spokesman Mussadiq Malik posing for group photo along with participants during closing ceremony of media workshop on Disasters Reporting organised by Mediations Pakistan and NDMA at local hotel. INP PHOTO

(ISLAMABAD: June 6th, 2016: In a half day media workshop on reporting Disaster “An all Inclusive Approach” organized by NDMA and Mediations Pakistan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Mussadaq Malik highlighted the significance of responsible and proactive media reporting in order to ensure maximum safety of communities during natural or manmade disasters. “Media has a power to educate masses and prepare them to avoid panic and life losses during disaster”, said Dr. Mussadiq Malik in his statement. Media has to rise as a sign of hope for vulnerable

communities in the times of need, he further added. Dr. Mussadiq Malik appreciated the efforts of NDMA and Mediations Pakistan to engage with media and support help understand the disaster management systems of the country.

Chairman NDMA Maj Gen Asghar Nawaz urged media to play its pivotal role in raising awareness and educate masses to prepare themselves in case of natural or manmade disasters. “Media and NDMA need to go shoulder to shoulder to protect our people from catastrophes” said Chairman NDMA in his remarks at the workshop.

During the workshop, NDMA’s Resource Person Syed Ayub Shah said that, “Pakistan is continuously under threat of experiencing natural disasters like, floods, earthquake, heat-wave, droughts etc. We cannot fight with natural disasters but can prevent, mitigate and prepare ourselves against the likely impacts that may occur during any disaster, In this regard information exchange with the general masses through regular media reporting on natural disasters can play a pivotal role is timely life savings and effective response measures.”

Executive Director Mediations Pakistan, Mr. Wajih Akhtar said, that we have received a tremendous response from media on organizing media workshops on such an important subject. He said that, only media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness on natural disasters.

National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan and with the support of Unicef, organized a Media Workshop on Reporting Disasters” held on Monday 6th of June 2016 in Islamabad. The workshops aimed at sensitizing local media community on country’s national disaster management system and role of different stakeholders of society, especially the media. This workshop also provided with an opportunity to the reporters to share their experiences of covering various disaster situations, challenges faced in response and best practices adopted. They also became members of “Journalist for Disaster Reporting Group (JDRG)”. A series of media workshops have been planned for engaging media reporters towards effective and meaningful disaster reporting to mount better preparedness, timely response and quick recovery. Large number of journalists from electronic and print media reporting natural disasters participated in the workshop and shared their experiences and challenges in the line of duty.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the Apex national level Focal Agency for Disaster Management in Pakistan. It, therefore, is mandated to take all stakeholders on-board specifically media for forging an effective preparedness, befitting response and structured recovery in case of any disaster of sizeable magnitude. Towards the same, Media shoulders a very sensitive and prime responsibility of disseminating information, promoting advocacy and creating awareness at grass root levels and thereby contributing significantly.

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Media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness about natural disasters – Karachi

Karachi 04 June 2016:

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Pakistan, primarily due to its geographic location and topographical layout, is faced with extreme environmental & climatic challenges. These give rise to a multitude of hazards which include hydro-meteorological, seismic and manmade. The spectrum of disasters resultantly is wide ranging over natural calamities like extreme rain events, all types of floods, torrential rains, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), landslides, droughts, cyclones, extreme heat waves, mini cyclones, avalanches and others. Similarly, Pakistan’s positioning on seismic fault zones makes it vulnerable to geological hazards including earthquake and tsunami. The enormity of these challenges call for a well thought of, coherent, concerted and coordinated approach to be collectively forged by incorporating all state organs, civil society organizations, media houses, intelligentsia and public at large.

National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan and with the support of Unicef, organized a Media Workshop on Reporting Disasters” held on Saturday 4th of June 2016 in Karachi. The workshops aimed at sensitizing local media community on country’s national disaster management system and role of different stakeholders of society, especially the media. This workshop also provided with an opportunity to the reporters to share their experiences of covering various disaster situations, challenges faced in response and best practices adopted. They also became members of “Journalist for Disaster Reporting Group (JDRG)”. A series of media workshops have been planned for engaging media reporters towards effective and meaningful disaster reporting to mount better preparedness, timely response and quick recovery. Large number of journalists from electronic and print media reporting natural disasters participated in the workshop and shared their experiences and challenges in the line of duty.

Senator Dr. Karim Khwaja addressing participants of the workshop appreciated the efforts of Mediations and National Disaster Management Authority to engage with media in reporting natural disasters with an inclusive approach. He said, media can save lives by sharing factual information on prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

During the workshop, NDMA’s Resource Person Syed Ayub Shah said that, “Pakistan is continuously under threat of experiencing natural disasters like, floods, earthquake, heat-wave, droughts etc. We cannot fight with natural disasters but can prevent, mitigate and prepare ourselves against the likely impacts that may occur during any disaster, In this regard information exchange with the general masses through regular media reporting on natural disasters can play a pivotal role is timely life savings and effective response measures.”

Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member National Disaster Management Authority said that Pakistan is blessed with a very well informed, vibrant and active media on national as well as  regional level that has always played a crucial role during any natural disaster situation, be it an earthquake 2005 or floods in 2010. NDMA is determined to engage with media on regular bases to help support the cause. Aspects of media reporting on pre, during and post disaster situations were discussed as well.

Executive Director Mediations Pakistan, Mr. Wajih Akhtar said, that we have received a tremendous response from media on organizing media workshops on such an important subject. He said that, only media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness on natural disasters.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the Apex national level Focal Agency for Disaster Management in Pakistan. It, therefore, is mandated to take all stakeholders on-board specifically media for forging an effective preparedness, befitting response and structured recovery in case of any disaster of sizeable  magnitude. Towards the same, Media shoulders a very sensitive and prime responsibility of disseminating information, promoting advocacy and creating awareness at grass root levels and thereby contributing significantly.

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Media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness about natural disasters

Lahore 28 May 2016:

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Pakistan, primarily due to its geographic location and topographical layout, is faced with extreme environmental & climatic challenges. These give rise to a multitude of hazards which include hydro-meteorological, seismic and manmade. The spectrum of disasters resultantly is wide ranging over natural calamities like extreme rain events, all types of floods, torrential rains, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), landslides, droughts, cyclones, extreme heat waves, mini cyclones, avalanches and others. Similarly, Pakistan’s positioning on seismic fault zones makes it vulnerable to geological hazards including earthquake and tsunami. The enormity of these challenges call for a well thought of, coherent, concerted and coordinated approach to be collectively forged by incorporating all state organs, civil society organizations, media houses, intelligentsia and public at large.

National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan and with the support of Unicef, organized a Media Workshop on Reporting Disasters” held on Saturday 28th of May 2016 in Lahore. The workshops aimed at sensitizing local media community on country’s national disaster management system and role of different stakeholders of society, especially the media. This workshop also provided with an opportunity to the reporters to share their experiences of covering various disaster situations, challenges faced in response and best practices adopted. They also became members of “Journalist for Disaster Reporting Group (JDRG)”. A series of media workshops have been planned for engaging media reporters towards effective and meaningful disaster reporting to mount better preparedness, timely response and quick recovery. Large number of journalists from electronic and print media reporting natural disasters participated in the workshop and shared their experiences and challenges in the line of duty.

Member Provincial Assembly Ms Asma Bukhari addressing participants of the workshop appreciated the efforts of Mediations and National Disaster Management Authority to engage with media in reporting natural disasters with an inclusive approach. She said, media can save lives by sharing factual information on prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

During the workshop, NDMA’s Resource Person Syed Ayub Shah said that, “Pakistan is continuously under threat of experiencing natural disasters like, floods, earthquake, heat-wave, droughts etc. We cannot fight with natural disasters but can prevent, mitigate and prepare ourselves against the likely impacts that may occur during any disaster, In this regard information exchange with the general masses through regular media reporting on natural disasters can play a pivotal role is timely life savings and effective response measures.”

Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member National Disaster Management Authority said that Pakistan is blessed with a very well informed, vibrant and active media on national as well as  regional level that has always played a crucial role during any natural disaster situation, be it an earthquake 2005 or floods in 2010. NDMA is determined to engage with media on regular bases to help support the cause. Aspects of media reporting on pre, during and post disaster situations were discussed as well.

Executive Director Mediations Pakistan, Mr. Wajih Akhtar said, that we have received a tremendous response from media on organizing media workshops on such an important subject. He said that, only media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness on natural disasters.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the Apex national level Focal Agency for Disaster Management in Pakistan. It, therefore, is mandated to take all stakeholders on-board specifically media for forging an effective preparedness, befitting response and structured recovery in case of any disaster of sizeable magnitude. Towards the same, Media shoulders a very sensitive and prime responsibility of disseminating information, promoting advocacy and creating awareness at grass root levels and thereby contributing significantly.

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UN Assistant Secretary General Lauds Pakistan Stall as one of the Best in World Humanitarian Summit Exhibition Fair

Islamabad 22 May 2016:

Istanbul, Turkey 22 May, 2016: First-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is being held in at Istanbul, Turkey under the auspices of United Nations.

Renowned personalities in the field of humanitarian affairs from Government Departments, UN Agencies, Foreign Missions, Donor Agencies, Civil Society, Philanthropist Organizations are participating in the event.

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General to forge new partnerships and find better ways to meet humanitarian needs. The Summit aims at re-inspiring and reinvigorating commitment to humanity, initiate set of concrete actions and commitments for better preparation and response and share innovations and best practices that can help to save lives around the world.

Pakistan, as a Member State, with a credible standing in humanitarian crises management is actively participating in WHS to explore opportunity for Pakistan to showcase the achievements for Global viewership and sharing of best practices in the domain of disaster management/humanitarian response.

NDMA is also hosting an Exhibition Fair and Innovative Marketplace during the Summit in Turkey. Pakistan’ s stall exhibits photo of Father of the Nation and projects Pakistan’s Humanitarian Response Activities in an impressive manner.

The exhibition was inaugurated today by UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator OCHA, Ms. Kyung Wha Kang. She visited NDMA Exhibition Fair and lauded Pakistan’s stall as one of the best in World Humanitarian Summit Exhibition Fair and also appreciated Pakistan’s stature in humanitarian affair.

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Consultative Dialogue On World Humanitarian Summit

Islamabad 4 May 2016:

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A Round Table consultation Dialogue was planned by NDMA today in collaboration with UN OCHA and Embassy of Republic of Turkey as a prelude to first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) planned to be held in May 2016 at Istanbul, Turkey under the auspices of United Nations.

Renowned personalities in the field of humanitarian affairs from Government Departments, UN Agencies, Foreign Missions, Donor Agencies, Civil Society, Philanthropist Organizations participated in the event.

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General to forge new partnerships and find better ways to meet humanitarian needs. The Summit aims at re-inspiring and reinvigorating commitment to humanity, initiate set of concrete actions and commitments for better preparation and response and share innovations and best practices that can help to save lives around the world.

Pakistan, as a Member State, with a credible standing in humanitarian crises management is actively participating in WHS to explore opportunity for Pakistan to showcase the achievements for Global viewership and sharing of best practices in the domain of disaster management/humanitarian response. NDMA will also be hosting a Side Event in the form of Seminar with theme “Reaching People in Need; Pakistan’s Experience”, an Exhibition Fair and Innovative Marketplace during the Summit in Turkey.

The consultations for WHS Roundtable sessions were based on actionable areas identified in UN Secretary General’s Report a)Role of Political Leadership to Prevent & End Conflicts, b)Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity, c)Leaving No One Behind: A Commitment to Address Forced Displacement, d)Women & Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality, e)Natural Disasters & Climate Change: Managing Risks & Crises, f)Changing Peoples Life: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need, g)Humanitarian Financing: Investing in Humanity.

Important conclusions were drawn at the end of the Dialogue.

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NDMA RELIEF SUPPORT TO GILGIT BALTISTAN

Islamabad 14 April 2016:

As part of relief operation, NDMA has sent another C-130 aircraft carrying 8 tons of Wheat flour today. Additional sorties carrying relief will also be sent today.
So far, total five C-130 sorties carrying 28 tons of relief goods have reached to GB as per need assessment. The relief consignment comprised of Wheat Flour, children Milk Powder and other dry ration besides 550 shelters and 350 blankets. Furthermore, more flights have also been scheduled to send ration to GB till opening of KKH.
NDMA in coordination with Government of Gilgit Baltistan and with the assistance of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has initiated relief operation to meet food shortage in GB due to blocked road network.
In order to supplement relief efforts in GB, Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and Minister for Home and PDMA Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti on behalf of Government of Balochistan have also handed over Tents, Blankets, Tarpaulin, Rice, Sugar and Pulses to NDMA for further transportation to Gilgit Baltistan. The relief items have reached Gilgit.

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CHAIRMAN NDMA VISITS GILGIT BALTISTAN

Islamabad 13 April 2016:

In order to assess on-ground situation Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz has visited Gilgit Baltistan today. He also met Chief Minister GB and all officials there to coordinate relief efforts in wake of closure of KKH and restoration of road network connecting GB.

NDMA in coordination with Government of Gilgit Baltistan and with the assistance of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has initiated relief operation to meet food shortage in GB due to blocked road network.

In this regard total four C-130 sorties carrying relief goods have so far been sent to GB  carrying 20  tons of relief goods as per need assessment. The relief consignment comprised of Wheat Flour, children Milk Powder and other dry ration besides 550 shelters and 350 blankets. Furthermore, more flights have also been scheduled to send ration to GB till opening of KKH.

NDMA is in constant coordination with the Government of Gilgit Baltistan to provide all possible assistance in this regard. NDMA is continuously monitoring the situation and is in constant coordination with NHA and FWO to ensure early opening of the blocked roads.

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NDMA SENDS RELIEF FOR GB LANDSLIDE AFFECTEES

Islamabad 12 April 2016:

 NDMA in coordination with Government of Gilgit Baltistan and with the assistance of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has sent relief goods to GB via C-130 carrying 8 tons of Wheat Flour and 480 kg of Milk Powder (for children) to meet food shortage.

In addition, second C-130 sortie carrying 7.5 tons of ration (including lentils, sugar and Rice) is also scheduled to depart GB on 13 April, 2016. Furthermore, more sorties carrying ration will also be planned for GB till the situation normalizes.

The landslide occurred at multiple places at Karakorum Highway (KKH) disconnected road network connecting GB. NDMA is continuously monitoring the situation and is in constant coordination with NHA and FWO to ensure early opening of the blocked roads.

Following is the detail of blocked areas at KKH.

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FOR MEDIA INFORMATION

Situation Report of National Highways – 12 April 2016:

Due to recent heavy raining in parts of Northern Areas and Gilgit Baltistan, National Highway Network which includes N-15, N-35 (KKH), & S-1 has been damaged due to land slide and mud flow. Taking cognisance of the facts National Highway Authority has taken all necessary measures to ensure that repair works are immediately taken up. M/s FWO has been mobilized on N-35 (KKH) and S-1 (Gilgit-Skardu), whereas on N-15 different contractors are mobilized to clear avalanches and snow.

The Route wise Situation report is as under;

N-35: (Hassanabdal-Haripur-Abbottabad-Manshera-Thakot-Dasu-Gilgit-Khunjerab):

  1. Road from Hassanabdal up to Kiyal [km 0 to Km 266 (8 km after Pattan)] is open for all kind of traffic.
  2. At km 266+600, KKH in 90 meter width and in 40 meter depth has settled due to land slide. Now FWO has mobilized machinery from both ends and efforts are to make road cut      on the hill side through controlled blasting, so that road formation is constructed.
  3. Road after this 90 meter slide portion i.e. km 266+700 to km 298 has been cleared.
  4. At km 298 heavy slide has damaged KKH in 300 meter length and 90 meter depth. NHA has mobilized M/s FWO to clear the slide and make roadway by blasting the hill side.
  5. From km 298+300 i.e. after land slide portion road is clear up to km 306 (Barsin) one way.
  6. Road from km 306 (Barsin) to 326 (Looter) is open one-way.
  7. From km 326 to km 352 (Sazin) and up to Gilgit (km 540) road is open for traffic, however at certain places one way traffic is plying.
  8. From Gilgit (Km 540) up to Khunjerab (806) road is open for traffic.

S-1 (Jaglot-Sassi-Dambu Das-Shangrila-Skardu): Road has been blocked in the morning at km 75 due to landslide. FWO has been mobilized and by today evening, the road will be opened.

N-15 (Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad-Chilas): Road from km 0 (Mansehra) to km 108 (Kaghan) is open for traffic, however, at few points its open one way. From km Kaghan (km 108) to Naran (km 127) snow and avalanche clearance is in progress.

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NDMA HOLDS AN EMERGENT HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF SEISMIC SCIENTISTS AND EXPERTS TO REVIEW INCREASED SEISMIC ACTIVITY (EARTHQUAKES)Islamabad 11 April 2016:

An emergent Meeting was called at NDMA to scientifically and technically examine the escalated seismic activity of Hindu Kush Range. Seismologists from Pakistan Meteorological Department Earthquake Studies Department of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Geologist from Geological Survey of Pakistan. Experts and Engineers from NDMA and SUPARCO attended the Meeting which was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz.

A detailed analysis of recent seismic activity was reviewed in detail. All participants unanimously agreed to the assessment as presented by Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Chairman NDMA directed all participants to undertake detailed study and analysis of the Hindu Kush Seismicity to ascertain any impending seismic threat.

NDMA RESPONSE TO 10 APRIL EARTHQUAKE

  • Immediate alerts were issued to all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) to caution exercise in view of expected aftershocks.
  • DMAs of provinces/ AJ&K/ GB/FATA have been asked to carryout damage assessment. Instructions also issued to NHA, WAPDA, PTA and all other relevant departments also issued to assess damages.
  • Pakistan Air-force has been requested to carryout aerial photography/survey to evaluate damages to infrastructure and slope stability of mountains in GB and KP.
  • SUPARCO has been asked to provide satellite imageries to analyze the extent of damages, if any in GB and KP.
  • National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA is already activated to monitor the situation 24/7.
  • NDMA help line numbers 111-157-157 and 9205037 have been activated to record the updates.
  • Till date 6 deaths (KP,5 & GB,1) and 7 injured(KP,5 & FATA,2) have been reported, whereas 22 houses were damaged in KP,20 & FATA,2) respectively.

NOTE:

In case of any emergency plz contact on following numbers:

PDMA Punjab:042-99203162-64, PDMA Sindh:021-99251458, PDMA Bachistan:081-2881168,PDMA KPK:091-9213845,PDMA FDMA:091-9216864, PDMA AJK,058-22921643, PDMA Gilgit Baltistan,058-11920874, NDMA, 111-157-157, 051-9205037

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FIRST NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL MOCK EXERCISE ORGANIZED JOINTLY BY NDMA – ENGRO

Karachi, 30 March, 2016:

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First National level Industrial Mock Exercise-Cum-Drill was organized by NDMA in collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh, District Disaster Management Authority, Ghotki and Engro Fertilizers Limited at Daharki.

All relevant response agencies/departments including Armed Forces, participants from Engro Management, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) personnel, District Management, Neighboring Fertilizers, Power and Sugar Industry, Civil Defence Sindh, PAF CBRN Defence School and CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response), industries like  FFC, Mari Petroleum Company, Fatima Fertilizers, Liberty Power and few others participated in the exercise.

The exercise-cum-drill was a day long activity based on different scenarios from initial emergency till response to create awareness about ‘Disaster Management’ of an industrial accident.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz in his opening remarks welcomed all participants and highlighted the importance of industrial disaster management and appreciated efforts of all participants, especially Engro Fertilizers in holding first mock exercise. He said that making resources available for disaster management is one aspect and leadership is another important aspect. He gave example of ‘Bhopal Incident” where all kinds of resources were available but because of lack of leadership and skillful manpower desired results could not be achieved. He emphasized the need to develop capacity of civil administration to handle challenges at their own.

The exercise was followed by a debrief in which respective coordinators of the teams shared their observations. Chairman NDMA in his closing remarks He appreciated participation of all relevant industries and emphasized to enhance capacity of concerned industries and civil administration for combating industrial disaster and conducting relief / rehabilitation operations. He stressed on the need to make DDMA / PDMA fully functionalized & equipped to combat all tiers of disaster management. He also mentioned that other industries must also follow program of Community Awareness on emergency response (CAER) as effectively embarked by Engro.

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Second Consultative Dialogue on National Policy Guidelines for School Safety against disasters held between NDMA and UNICEF

Islamabad, 25 March, 2016:

NDMA in collaboration with UNICEF and ADPC organized the second Consultative Dialogue to develop the Comprehensive School Safety Guidelines at National level, here at Islamabad. It was a two day event held on the 24th and 25th of March, 2016. The Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA – GCC), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) is in the process of developing a set of National School Safety Policy Guidelines to be used by public and private schools across the Country in the event of natural and man-made disasters.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz thanked the participants and recalled how helpful the input from the first dialogue had been. He stated that he had great faith in his team who was working day and night for the development of the guidelines and gave his own valuable input regarding the implementation of the guidelines. The chairman also said that NDMA aimed to launch the finalized document by January 2017.

The School Safety Guidelines will cover establishment and training of a school disaster safety team, development of the school safety and security plan, awareness creation about possible disasters, analysis of the specific vulnerability and hazards of the School environment,  evacuation routes and identified safe places, developing cooperation with the community; and practical exercises and evacuation mock drills to enable the School community to be prepared and to act adequately to save lives in case of an emergency.

The purpose of the guidelines is to build the capacity of Schools across the Country to prepare against and respond to disasters in an effective and efficient manner with minimal damage and loss of life. The sustained implementation of Guidelines would involve structural and non-structural interventions, establishment of a coordination mechanism amongst stakeholders and capacity building.

Participants for this two day activity comprised a select group of people who provided their valuable input for the development of the document. The participants were from ADPC, UNICEF, UNESCO and Hope ’87.

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NDMA Response to Landslide in District Chitral

Islamabad 22nd March 2016:

Following the avalanche which occurred on 20 March 2016 affected area near village Sosum Tehsil Garam Chashma of District Chitral. Some 8 to 9 students of class 9 and 10 of this village are reportedly missing.  The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa immediately mobilized all available resources for timely response to save the stranded people. Rescue teams were immediately mobilized. District  Admin, Police, Levies personnel, Chitral Scouts and  local Volunteers are assisting in rescue efforts.

However, due to adverse weather condition and heavy snow difficulty is being faced to carry out smooth rescue operation. So far two bodies have been recovered and due to heavy snow and severing of road links heavy machinery could not make their way to the affected area. District Administration with the help of local people trying hard to find the missing students.

In order to supplement these efforts, NDMA has requisitioned MI-17 helicopter from Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to enhance the rescue activities and timely evacuate the stranded people. In addition to this, NDMA has also sent specialist Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams to provide additional manpower and use trained expertise for timely evacuation of the dead bodies found and rescue the trapped persons to safer areas.

NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation with Provincial Disaster Management Authority and District Disaster Management Authority and has offered all possible assistance as and when needed.

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 NDMA holds Meeting on Strengthening Weather Early Warning System

 Islamabad the 8th March, 2016:

NDMA coordinated a meeting among relevant stakeholders for achieving synergy and timely provisioning of weather Early Warning for all users. The Meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and participated by representatives from Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Civil Aviation Authority, Naval and Air Headquarters and senior Officers of NDMA.

The Meeting discussed challenges faced, areas of deficiency and limitations with respect to metrological aspects, means to ensure a robust early warning system across the Country, and enhance coordinations.

All participating organizations presented their respective capabilities and future development plans.

The Meeting stressed the need to augment Pakistan Metrological Department’s capability of weather forecasting Sops, for data sharing and professional trainings

Chairman NDMA stated that NDMA has emphasized the need to develop an integrated, effective & efficient early warning system at National, Provincial & Local Levels in the view of emerging challenges of climate changes. “This will not only ensure economy of effort but set a direction for development strategy for future plans and build resilience at all levels ensuring safety of lives and property”, said Chairman NDMA.

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NDMA plans Mock Exercise drill for Industrial Disasters. Simulation exercises are useful to prevent large scale damages : Chairman NDMA

Islamabad 04 March, 2016:

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NDMA takes initiative in collaboration with Engro Corporation to conduct a simulation exercise for efficacy of
Contingency Plans and Standard Operating Procedures and to coordinate response in case of industrial accidents. In this regard a meeting was held in NDMA, presided by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz. The mock exercise will be held at Dharki in last week of March for rescue and relief in a contingency of industrial accident.

Representatives from Engro Fertilizers and Fauji Fertilizer briefed regarding existing safety measures in place at their respective facilities including Contingency Plans, Crisis Management System and training being provided to employees and locals of the area.

Chairman NDMA informed that NDMA is following a pro-active approach towards disaster response and exercises are imperative to enhance response capacity of all stakeholders in order to minimize damage. He further stated that due to rapid urbanization and population growth, local residents living near industrial areas have become more vulnerable to such disasters.

Representatives from Pakistan Army, Navy, District Administration Ghotki, Civil Defense Sindh and senior officials from NDMA attended the meeting.

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Panelists Stress Integrating Gender into Climate Change Inequity: Women More Vulnerable to Disasters, Climate Change.

Islamabad 22 February, 2016:

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‘Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and Climate Change, where their rights and socio-economic status are not equal to those of men. Hence, empowerment of women is an important ingredient in building climate resilience’.

Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said this, at the inaugural address of roundtable on ‘Gender and Climate Vulnerabilities: Future Direction for Policy Research and Action’, organized by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, in collaboration with Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), OXFAM Novib and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). He appreciated LEAD Pakistan’s role in organizing the discussion on the important nexus between gender and Climate Change, an issue which concerns broader segment of the society, especially vulnerable women.

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, and Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), gave the welcome address and highlighted that women in Pakistan are increasingly getting affected from the impacts of Climate Change and there’s a dire need to integrate gender into Climate Change.

The panel discussion facilitated by Ali Tauqeer Sheikh informed that gender and equity are central to sustainable development. With Climate Change having a gender differentiated impact, where women are disproportionately affected, there is a dire need to address gender inequality, which has become a serious challenge for achieving sustainable and equitable climate compatible development.

According to Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, ‘At the moment the world is grappling with two challenges. First is poverty, as half of world’s population is below the poverty line, whereas the second is Climate Change. After COP21, if the world successfully limits global warming to 1.5 Degree Celsius, we’ll experience up to 3 Degree Celsius rise in temperature, which will further make our population vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change.

The panel comprised distinguished experts from the government, embassies, and development sector, including Dr. Khawar Mumtaz, Member Board of Governors, LEAD Pakistan, and Former Chairperson, National Commission on Status of Women; Samar Minallah, Member Board of Governors, LEAD Pakistan, and Documentary Filmmaker & Anthropologist; Huma Chughtai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights; Leslie Tinney, First Secretary, Canadian High Commission; Dr. Farhat Sheikh, Gender Advisor, Canadian High Commission; Seher Afsheen, Programme Manager, OXFAM Novib; Kay Schwendinger, Head of Resident Coordinator’s Office, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO); and Dr. Virginie la Masson, Research Officer, Social Development/Climate and Environment, Overseas Development Institute, London.

The roundtable aimed to help participants to share and gain knowledge, and serve as a stepping stone in mainstreaming gender within Climate Change.

About LEAD Pakistan: LEAD was established with the support of Rockefeller Foundation in the wake of United Nations Convention on Environment and Development (Rio Conference) in 1992. LEAD Pakistan was started as a member programme of LEAD International. LEAD’s Flagship Leadership Development Programme (LDP) was started in 1996 which is an innovative capacity building initiative designed with the purpose of providing knowledge, awareness, skills, exposure and linkages to leaders of tomorrow and integrating sustainable development concerns with their professional work. LEAD Pakistan has continued to build its portfolio by planning and delivering interventions in different development areas and sectors especially education, health, livelihood, food & agriculture, environment, forestry, water, energy and climate change etc.

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NDMA plans major initiatives in collaboration with UNDP for Year 2016

 Islamabad 18th February, 2016:

Project Review Board (PRB) meeting was held at NDMA Islamabad today to review progress of 2015 projects and those that will be jointly implemented by NDMA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Pakistan as part of the Annual Work Plan for the year 2016.

During the PRB meeting, detailed discussions were held on broad areas of collaboration including Public Private Partnership, Human Resource support to NDMA, capacity building of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), support to Provincial Disaster Management Authorities and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) initiatives in vulnerable Districts.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz thanked UNDP for its enduring support and reiterated that continued collaboration with international partners further strengthens the efforts being made by the Government towards Disaster Management.

The PRB meeting was attended by UNDP Country Director Mr. Marc Andre, senior officials from NDMA and UNDP Pakistan.

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Government of Pakistan Sends Relief Items to Tajikistan

Islamabad 9th February, 2016:

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Prime Minister of Pakistan announced a generous support of US $ 1 Million for the earthquake affected people of Tajikistan in the Gorno Badakhshan Region which was hit by an Earthquake of 5.6 magnitude on 7th December, 2015 carrying destruction of more than 1,330 houses and displacement of over 7,000 persons.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has made arrangement for sending winterized Tents, Blankets and Wheat to Tajikistan. The first consignment of 2,100 Tents and  12,500 Blankets were dispatched today while 1,280 Tons of Wheat procured from PASSCO will be sent in the following days.

On behalf of the Government of Pakistan, Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz handed over the 1st Tranche to Ambassador of Tajikistan H.E. Jononov Sherali herer at Islamabad.

NDMA takes initiative for Seismic Assessment

Islamabad 4th February, 2016:

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Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz headed 2nd Conference of the Seismic Working Group which has been requisitioned by NDMA to plan, coordinate and execute a host of activities related to earthquakes and seismology at the National level.

First meeting of the Seismic Working Group was held on 23rd November 2015. The second meeting deliberated upon progress made on points discussed in the first meeting as well as to chalk out future directions. The meeting was attended by experts and representatives of Geological Survey of Pakistan, Pakistan Metrological Department, Pakistan Engineering Council, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Quaid-e-Azam University, WAPDA, National Highway Authority, ERRA, NESPAK, Survey of Pakistan, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar, Survey of Pakistan, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources and SUPARCO.

It was noted with satisfaction that all departments at National level have shared the data with each other regarding seismic studies/ events, maps and related material. Alongside that Pakistan Metrological Department established a comprehensive portal to give an overview of ongoing seismic activity for which preliminary PC-1 has been made for the updation of Geological Survey of Pakistan maps which are old and Standard Operating Procedure has been formulated for carrying out pre-earthquake monitoring, field assessment and post earthquake damage assessment. During the meeting it was also informed that Pakistan Engineering Council and NDMA are collaborating for revision of National Building Codes through NESPAK for which necessary formalities are ongoing.

It was highlighted that initiative to strengthen coordination among all concerned Departments has made positive improvement with respect to knowledge sharing and clarity in direction for the future. It was very well acknowledged by the participants of the conference.

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First Consultative Dialogue on National Policy Guidelines for School Safety against disasters held between NDMA and UNICEF.

Islamabad, 2nd February, 2016:

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NDMA in collaboration with UNICEF Pakistan held first Consultative Dialogue to develop Comprehensive School Safety Guidelines at National level, here at Islamabad on 1stFebruary, 2016. The Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA – GCC), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) is in the process of developing a set of National School Safety Policy Guidelines to be used by public and private schools across the Country in the event of natural and man-made disasters.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz stated that School Children are among the most vulnerable segment during occurrence of disasters and therefore they require special attention. As a proactive initiative from NDMA, School Safety Guidelines are being developed that will provide much needed guidance and a unified direction at National level to ensure safety of Schools against wide array of natural calamities and manmade disasters, he said.

The School Safety Guidelines will cover establishment and training of a school disaster safety team, development of the school safety and security plan, awareness creation about possible disasters, analysis of the specific vulnerability and hazards of the School environment,  evacuation routes and identified safe places, developing cooperation with the community; and practical exercises and evacuation mock drills to enable the School community to be prepared and to act adequately to save lives in case of an emergency.

The purpose of the guidelines is to build the capacity of Schools across the Country to prepare against and respond to disasters in an effective and efficient manner with minimal damage and loss of life. The sustained implementation of Guidelines would involve structural and non-structural interventions, establishment of a coordination mechanism amongst stakeholders and capacity building.

Participants from various organizations including the Pakistan Red Crescent, UN Habitat, IOM, WFP, Oxfam, UNESCO, Hope ’87 and the Federal Ministry of Education attended the dialogue and gave objective inputs for the formulation of Guidelines.

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National Disaster Management Authority partners with British Council for developing ‘Education in Emergencies’ strategy.

Islamabad, February 01 2016:

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The British Council in Pakistan and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 1 2016 to develop and collaborate for Education during Emergencies and disasters through mutual collaborative activities.

The joint partnership aims to support NDMA’s Vision to achieve sustainable social, economic and environmental development in Pakistan through reducing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly marginalised communities in the country. Through the aid of this partnership, the British Council will provide technical support and advocacy to develop research, content and training modules. Furthermore, it will play a key role in capacity building, curriculum development and raising awareness to help NDMA achieve their 2022 goals.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Peter Upton CMG, Country Director, British Council in Pakistan stated, “The British Council in Pakistan is a global organization with a local approach. Through Education in Emergencies we aim to support NDMA’s vision to achieve sustainable development in Pakistan through capacity building, and building strategic partnerships that will benefit the future of Pakistan. We are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions by providing expertise in education and research which we hope will have a long term impact.”

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz stated that Pakistan is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and its consequences resulting into recurrent natural disasters, as witnessed in last decade. While the frequency of natural disaster may record increase, the Country also faces the challenges of man made disasters. The provision of education to our children affected by disaster therefore remains a constant challenge. A comprehensive National approach for education during emergencies and disasters alongside provision of safe, secure and conducive environment is therefore much warranted. At this juncture, the MoU will strive for continuous improvements in education toward better quality and relevance by carrying out activities through networking of institutions, as well as information and knowledge sharing between Pakistani and UK institutions through the coordination fly wheel of NDMA Pakistan.

The British Council in Pakistan has a diverse education portfolio, which aims to create linkages between higher education institutions in Pakistan and the UK to build the capacity of teachers, students and organizations across Pakistan. The present MoU, first of its kind will meaningfully contribute towards the neglected area of education during emergencies and disaster.

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CHINA HANDS OVER 2,950 TENTS TO NDMA

Islamabad 25th January, 2016:

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As a gesture of solidarity with the Pakistani brethren and in continuation to the Relief Goods provided during Earthquake of October 2015, the Peoples Republic of China has extended humanitarian relief assistance in the form of an additional tranche of 2,950 tents to the Government of Pakistan.

On behalf of the Government of China Ambassador Sun Weidong handed over relief consignment to Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz at NDMA Warehouse Islamabad today.

Talking on the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador expressed and reiterated resolve of Chinese People to stand by the people of Pakistan, in combating the natural disasters. He also appreciated the Government of Pakistan for ensuring immediate response and provision of timely relief assistance to the affected population.

Chairman NDMA thanked the Chinese Ambassador for the support extended by the Peoples Republic of China.

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NDMA Holds Conference on Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Training Program.Experience sharing among partner Countries helps effective disaster management Chairman NDMA

Islamabad, January 22, 2016:

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NDMA in cooperation with National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET), Network of Disaster Management Practitioners Pakistan (NDMP) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) held a Country Planning Meeting today to plan out the implementation of Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Program in Pakistan, which is to run from 2016 – 2019.

The Meeting was attended by Secretary General Pakistan Red Crescent Society, representatives from NSET Nepal, USAID, National Health Emergency Preparedness Response Network (NHEPRN), PDMA Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, GBDMA Gilgit Baltistan, FDMA FATA, SDMA Azad Jammu & Kashmir / Rescue 1122, Rescue 1122 Punjab, Rescue 1122 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Network of Disaster Management Practitioners (NDMP) and CDA USAR Teams.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz during his opening remarks expressed that the 4thProgramme termed as PEER Stage IV will help to effectively enhance response capacities of disaster’s first responders, medical professionals and local communities so as to effectively manage and save precious lives. He stressed the need to focus on capacity building of local communities and engaging youth organizations including Boy Scouts and Girl Guides for safety trainings. Moreover, Chairman NDMA said that experience sharing among NSET partner Countries will help fight disasters in an effective way.

PEER aims to enhance disaster response capacity, reduce mortality, and increase the survival rate of disaster victims in ten Asian countries; Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. PEER works to institutionalize disaster preparedness training programs and provide ongoing training to professional and non-professional emergency responders. Earlier, from 2007 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014 periods, approximately 1,500 persons have been trained in Disaster Risk Management, First Aid, Disaster Epidemiology, Hospital Disaster Planning, Emergency Department Operations, Mental Health and Psychological Care, Common Hazards and Community Response, Incident Command System, Dead Body Management, Fire Emergencies, Basic Search & Rescue, Water Emergencies and safety exercises.

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NDMA Holds Post Flood National Review Conference – 2015.Contingency Planning for Monsoon 2016 initiated.

Islamabad, January 22, 2016:

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On 21st January, 2016, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a day-long National Review Conference 2015 to analyze the Flood Management and Response efforts undertaken during Floods Season of Year 2015 by all stakeholders. The Conference was presided by Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA.

While welcoming the participants, Chairman NDMA appreciated the collaborative role of various departments that resulted in satisfactory management of 2015 Floods. He emphasized the need to further strengthen integrated disaster management system and coordination mechanism amongst all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure better preparedness. Chairman NDMA also reiterated that the aim of such conferences is to identify the gaps, record the lessons learnt / best practices and to devise strategy for future.

Structured presentations were given by Pakistan Meteorological Department, all Provincial Irrigation Departments, all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, Army Representative, National Highway Authority (NHA) and Representatives of Mangla and Tarbela Dam.

Some tangible input was received for action by Federal and Provincial Government Departments. Flood mitigation projects / rehabilitation works by Irrigation Departments viz-a-viz availability of funding, timely completion of flood mitigation works before onset of next monsoon season, encroachments in river plains and huge annual expenditures on relief to population of said encroachments, ageing of rescue equipment held by Army viz-a-viz replacement cost to be borne by respective Provincial Governments, poor stocking level of relief goods at Districts and below, weak response mechanism at District level and equipment inadequacy of Pakistan Meteorological Department were identified as major challenges.

Chairman NDMA while thanking all participants said that notwithstanding rescue constraints and challenges thereof, a concerted as well as coordinated proactive response is much warranted to thwart the effects of flood disasters.

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Being an important stakeholder, training for media on disaster reporting is vital, Dr. Musadik Malik;NDMA holds first of its kind National Consultative Dialogue on Role of Media in Disaster Management.

Islamabad, January 9, 2016:

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Islamabad, January 9, 2016: A one day National Consultative Dialogue was organized by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) today, in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan. Prominent media anchors, journalists, analysts, representatives from print media and civil society experts participated in the National Dialogue. Special Assistant & Spokesperson to the Prime Minister, Dr. Musadik Masood Malik while sharing his remarks in the Consultative Dialogue said that specialized training and expertise is required for media reporting during disasters. “Role of media is pivotal in managing the impacts of the disaster and we need to learn from our mistakes”, said Dr. Musadik Malik during his remarks.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz in his welcome remarks highlighted the fact that Pakistan is a land prone to disasters therefore we need a vigilant media to inform and educate public to take preemptive measures. Media has an ability to become eyes and ears of NDMA and guide us to plan better for the future, said the Chairman NDMA.

Earlier Mr. Wajih Akhtar from Mediations Pakistan presented the context of the Consultative Dialogue. Mr. Wajih Akhtar said that Pakistan has a vibrant media industry therefore it is imperative to get the point of views from media while making any guideline about disaster management plans in the country. Therefore, the objective of this Consultative Dialogue is to brainstorm on the role of media in disaster management and identify key challenges that are faced during the course of objective reporting.

Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, National Chairperson, Pakistan Girl Guides Association said that the main role of media is to educate the masses to negate panic in case of any disaster. “We lose more lives due to panic during disasters”. She also emphasized on inclusion of the subject of disaster management in education curriculum at various levels.

Participants during the open dialogue shared their perspectives to improve the role of media in disaster management. Key participants included Muhammad Ziauddin, Mazhar Abbas, Jamal Shah, P J Meer, Waseem Badami, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr. Farzana Bari, Mati Ullah Jan, Abdul Sattar Khan, Faisal Rehman, Anwar ul Hasan, Abdur Rauf, Beenish Saleem, Munizae Jahangir, Nadia Mirza, Saira Kabeer, Sahir Lodhi, Dr. Moeed Pirzada, Ammar Masood, Faisal Shakeel Syed and reporters from print and electronic media.

The Consultative Dialogue concluded with signing of Declaration titled ‘Role of Media in Disaster Reporting’ focusing on  active media participation during pre-disaster preparedness and early warning to the public especially vulnerable communities; bridge communication gap between Media, NDMA, PDMAs and all Government institutions; specialized training of media persons for disaster reporting; educating the public about awareness amongst masses especially against emerging and enhanced challenges of natural calamities in wake of Climate Change; formulation of effective mechanism with NDMA in lead role for awareness, training, information management as well as consistent endeavors for an enhanced engagement of media for disaster management.

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Meeting of NDMP Steering Committee

Islamabad the 7th & 8th January, 2016:

First meeting of the National Disaster Management Plan Steering Committee convened at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Prime Minister’s Office on January 7-8, 2016. The Committee is mandated to monitor and evaluate the implementation of National Disaster Management Plan 2012-2022 (NDMP) as well as to provide Strategic Policy Guidelines in the realm of Disaster Management.

It was chaired by the Chairman NDMA and attended by members of the steering committee,

Director General PDMAs and the key stakeholders Planning, Development and Reforms Division, Finance Division, Economic Affairs Division, , Ministry of Water & Power,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Federal Flood Commission, , Geological Survey of Pakistan, SUPARCO, GCISC, National Institute of Disaster Management and Provincial Irrigation Departments.

Various implementing organizations presented the progress achieved in implementation of the respective activities as indicated in NDMP and highlighted the key challenges faced by them in this regard. Steering Committee showed concern in slow implementation of actions indicated in NDMP. Major component of NDMP is related to structural activities and Federal & Provincial agencies especially FFC, PMD, Provincial Irrigation Departments, etc. have to take lead role in this regard and implement projects through their respective annual development programmes. As regarding non-structural components for non-structural interventions the forum was informed that NDMP Implementation Roadmap was unveiled on 19th October, 2015 by NDMA. It focuses on risk assessments, capacity building and awareness. Two new concepts viz Government Officials Emergency Response Exercise (GOERE) and Mobilization of Volunteers Emergency Response Exercise (MOVERE) were also introduced to enhance the response capacities at the lowest tier of Disaster Management i.e. districts with the elements of Disaster Risk Reduction. The Roadmap was well taken by all the development partners and the response is very encouraging.

Steering Committee appreciated the efforts of NDMA. The Meeting concluded with a resolve to rigorously follow-up and review progress made against key decisions for the implementation of National Disaster Management Plan key interventions in Pakistan.

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Useful Links
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