National Disaster Management Authority commences 2015 pre monsoon preparations fifth pre monsoon preparedness and contingency planning meeting held at Muzaffarabad

Islamabad, May 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): NDMA is in the process of consultation with all provincial/regional and state DMAs for pre-monsoon preparations to evaluate monsoon hazards in respective provinces, strategic deployment of available resources, requirements as well as challenges posed to respective districts.

In this regard detailed consultative meetings have since been held for KP and FATA at Peshawar, Punjab at Lahore and for Sindh at Karachi respectively. As a sequel to these meetings the fifth high level consultative meeting was held today with State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) AJ and K at.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Abid Ali Chief Secretary AJ and K and also attended by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz along with Commissioners and Secretaries of relevant departments, Chief Engineers etc.

The House was briefed by Mr. Muhammad Akram Sohail DG SDMA on the preventive measure ensured in the pre monsoon contingency plan, state of preparedness of all relevant departments besides the requirement of tents.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts of SDMA in putting in place the preparatory measures based on lessons learnt from past experiences and ground situation. Chairman desired to involve NHA, FWO and Army in the contingency planning exercise to ensure availability of other transportation means.

He also suggested allocation of appropriate locations for placement creation of more warehouses for SDMA to preposition rescue and relief stocks and also emphasized identification of appropriate sites for relief camps to cope with any land sliding situation during monsoon season. He also advised to explore opportunities for enhanced early warning system for dissemination of information through SMS alerts for timely sensitizing the people about any likely situation. Chairman assured all possible support of NDMA to meet any unforeseen situation.

The Chief Secretary also endorsed suggestions of Chairman NDMA and also directed Commissioners and Director Generals to hold monthly meetings to monitor progress. He also instructed SDMA to weekly apprise him on all updates regarding ongoing preparations and action plan being undertaken.

These meetings are aimed to analyze preparations and determine roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder for them to be ready to cope with any unforeseen situation and ensure timely response to safe life and property. These consultative outcomes will lead to final preparation of National Monsoon Contingency Plan by NDMA which will be shared with all relevant stakeholders to ensure well coordinated network and immediate response during upcoming monsoon season.

For more information, contact:
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Prime Minister’s Office, 2nd Floor,
Sector G-5-1, Constitution Avenue,
Post Code 44000, Islamabad
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Tel: +92-51-9205037
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