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    NDMA Conducts National Level “Spring-Thaw 2024” Simulation Exercises

    NDMA Conducts National Level “Spring-Thaw 2024” Simulation Exercises

    Chitral Times Report

    ISLAMABAD: As part of NDMA’s proactive approach, the two-day National Simulation Exercise (Sim-Ex) held on March 4-5, 2024, at NDMA Headquarters, focused on disaster response preparedness. The exercise aimed to address potential emergencies during the spring and early summer seasons. Key stakeholders, including representatives from Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA), Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), emergency services, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), National Highway Authority (NHA), Armed Forces, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), and Emergency Response Agencies (Rescue 1122) and UN Agencies including humanitarian organizations actively participated in the simulation.

    During SimEx, syndicates rigorously tested preparedness and response plans, covering a wide range of topics. These exercises aimed to enhance the disaster management cycle, including considerations for vulnerable communities and collaboration with international community. Emphasis was placed on effective coordination and cooperation among all agencies involved in disaster management and relief activities. Participants applied their knowledge to respond to simulated disasters at both local and national levels.

    The scenarios included drought, forest fires, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF), heatwaves, and industrial fires. The exercise provided valuable insights and strengthened the collective ability to handle emergency situations effectively under the umbrella of NDMA. In the concluding session of the SimEx, all the participants appreciated the platform provided by NDMA for preparedness and timely measures to deal with disasters and also gave their feedback and suggestions so that possible future disasters can be avoided. Effective action plans can be drawn up to deal with disasters and emergencies.


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