The purpose of the National Disaster Response Plan is to enhance the country's ability to manage disasters using a comprehensive national approach. It outlines the processes and mechanisms to facilitate a coordinated response by the national and/or provincial/local-level departments/agencies. To achieve this, the Plan has been revised since its inception in 2010 to incorporate all disaster management activities as well as consider global trends disaster response alongside Pakistan's commitments.
Brig. Mukhtar Ahmed, Member (Operations), NDMA; Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA; Engineer Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs; Sisira Madurapperuma, Director ADPC; Sajid Naeem, Program Manager, ADPC, pose with the new NDRP-2019
The Host Nation Support Guidelines were developed in collaboration between NDMA and a project team of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, with the support of the Australian High Commission, Islamabad. The Guidelines for Pakistan focuses on information and actions to reduce response time in large-scale disasters that may require foreign assistance should local capacity be overwhelmed.
The Guidelines are divided into eleven sections and annexes to provide guidance for all groups of stakeholders relevant to their role and the operating environment.
The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprised of IoM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS conducted Sindh Drought Needs Assessment (SDNA) in eight districts of Sindh, namely, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Thatta, Badin, Jamshoro, Dadu and Kambar Shahdadkot. The World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO) also provided technical support for the assessment.
Building on the ideas stimulated by the positive reception of its first issue, the National Humanitarian Network (NHN) in Pakistan presents the next issue of its humanitarian journal to continue capturing national perspectives in preparedness and response.
The National Humanitarian Network (NHN) in Pakistan presents the first issue of humanitarian journal to capture perspectives in preparedness for response. Focusing on the theme of governance in preparedness, the bi-annual ‘Humanitarian Resilience Journal’ covers many issues including Pakistan's legal readiness, the role of networks, and donors in disaster preparedness.
Digital Resource Center (DRC), a multi-purpose web portal has been established by National Humanitarian Network (NHN) to provide access to information through humanitarian platform for increased coordination and collaboration in Pakistan. The resource center has been set-up to enable national government, local organizations, individuals and humanitarian community to retrieve and share reliable and authentic humanitarian information.
Pakistan’s efforts aimed at achieving fast growth, development and progress are increasingly being undermined by the impact of a variety of disasters, both natural and human induced. The private/industrial sector of Pakistan was no exception and was significantly affected by increased exposure to disaster risks. Since the business sector is the primary source of employment, job creator, purveyor of products and services and collectively constitutes the largest investors in society, business resilience is more and more crucial to build overall resilient communities and society.
Pakistan’s efforts aimed at achieving fast growth, development and progress are increasingly being undermined by the impact of a variety of disasters, both natural and human induced. The private/industrial sector of Pakistan was no exception and was significantly affected by increased exposure to disaster risks. Strong public-private partnerships and establishment of a platform to increase interface between government and private sector is imperative in igniting momentum for building business resilience.
Mr. Hans Guttman meets the Chairman of NDMA Pakistan, Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat