PDMA observes National Disaster Awareness Day

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Salim Ahmed

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), the district administrations and other departments commemorated the National Disaster Awareness Day in the province on Sunday to remember the victims of earthquake that hit Pakistan on October 8, 2005.
In this regard, awareness walks, seminars, photo exhibition etc were held and one minute silence was observed at 8.50am across the province to remember the victims of October 8, 2005 earthquake and prayers were held for the martyrs.
Director General (DG) PDMA Punjab Mudassar Waheed Malik flanked by DG Rescue 1122 Dr Rizwan Naseer, Director PDMA Dr Khurram Shehzad and other senior officials of various provincial departments participated in a walk from Nasser Bagh to Town Hall, here.
A large number of people from civil society also participated in the walk holding placards and banners with public service messages on disasters for awareness of the general public.
This year commemoration was under the theme “TAYAR PAKISTAN” that was aimed at creating awareness by spreading the message of resilience building, preparedness while highlighting anticipated hazards, threats and possible measures for reducing impact of such risks.
DG PDMA Mudassar Waheed Malik, speaking on the occasion, said the PDMA Punjab was endeavouring to establish socially responsible, healthy, safer and more resilient community on special directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
He said in order to minimize disasters, the PDMA Punjab had initiated Early Warning & Response System through satellite based connectivity by integrating Met, Irrigation, Rescue 1122 departments and 20 vulnerable districts.
Mudassar said Multi Hazard Vulnerable Risk Assessment (MHVRA) had also been initiated in 20 vulnerable districts of the province. “The PDMA has initiated Disaster Risk Reduction Program (DRRP) to ensure safety measures” he added.
He said Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) programme had been initiated to train community at large for the establishment of safer communities in all districts of Punjab.