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Simulation exercise organised by National Disaster Management Authority and Provincial Disaster Management Authority Punjab

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Islamabad, June 19, 2014 (PPI-OT): As part of preparedness and readiness for contingency planning process for monsoon and flood control, the NDMA, in collaboration with PDMA Punjab and World Food Programme, has organized a simulation exercise to identify gaps in planning and enhance the response capacities of the stake holders.

The team of Pakistan and foreign specialists and facilitators, jointly led by Brig Mirza Kamran Zia, Member Operations, NDMA and Mr Peter Bowden Deputy Country Director WFP, is conducting the disaster management simulation (18-20 June 2014) at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore.

Addressing the opening session, Deputy Country Director WFP, Peter Scott-Bowden welcomed the participants and shared the purpose of the simulation exercise. He stated that simulation will provide an opportunity for relevant disaster management stakeholders to practice their organization’s response, decision-making processes, protocols and procedures.

Appreciating the efforts of WFP, and PDMA Punjab, Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem, Chairman NDMA, highlighted the importance of simulation in identification of gaps within planning and response mechanisms and preparation for anticipated monsoon season.

He emphasized upon all participants to wholeheartedly participate in the exercise with an open mind, identify weaknesses and come up with out of box solutions to address the issues across the whole spectrum of flood management from improvements in flood structures and de-silting of waterways to early warnings, rescue, evacuations and relief procedures.

The simulation is based upon a realistic flood scenario in the Punjab Province and split into two phases Early Warning and Preparedness and Initial Rapid Response. The WFP Readiness Initiative Team from Rome is also here to assist with the exercise. The areas selected for this year’s exercise are the Districts of Sialkot, Shekhupura and Narowal. A follow up national level exercise is scheduled to be run in 2015 to validate plans at provincial levels.

The participants / observers of the exercise include all the stake holders of PDMA Punjab Provincial, concerned DDMAs, representatives of PDMAs KP, Sind and Balochistan, emergency services 1122, concerned federal and provincial deptts, NHEPRN, NHA, FFC, PMD, UN agencies, PRCS, Armed Forces and representatives of international and national NGOs.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326

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