Update (July 30, 2021): Pakistan has received 162 mobile ventilator units as a gift from the Government of Canada. The portable ventilators were gifted to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in a high-profile event that took place on July 29, 2021.
The event was attended by the Chairman NDMA Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz, the Canadian High Commissioner Wendy Glamor, and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan among other important personalities.
While addressing the occasion, Dr. Faisal Sultan expressed his gratitude to the Canadian Government for helping Pakistan in these tough times by providing mobile ventilators. He also appreciated the role NDMA is playing in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
To learn more about the NDMA, how it works, and what are its key roles and responsibilities, continue reading this blog.
As the name suggests, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is a crisis management institution that operates at the national level. Owned and managed by the government of Pakistan, this federal authority has the mandate to deal with all types of natural and man-made disasters across the country. Furthermore, it also looks after the rescue and relief operations in such kind of emergency situations.
So, to educate our readers more about this very important institution of Pakistan and the way it carries out its relief operations, we have come up with this post. In this blog, we are going to give you a detailed overview of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and talk about other similar authorities that jointly work with it at provincial levels.
More About National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan, was formed in 2007. One of the core duties of this institution is to formulate and implement the policies related to the crisis management and relief work carried out in disaster-stricken areas. Along with relief, search and rescue operations, it also undertakes a diverse range of humanitarian activities, which are usually executed with the help of federal and provincial authorities as well as charitable organisations.
According to the law, the chairman of NDMA in Pakistan, who also serves the role of Chief Operations Coordinator (COC), directly reports to the Prime Minister of the country. The institution is headquartered in Islamabad at the Pakistan Secretariat. The current chairman of NDMA in Pakistan is Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal.
Operational Scope and Duties of National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan
In this section of our blog, we’ll give you a few pointers about the core operational scope and duties of NDMA to learn how it is mandated to carry out the rescue and humanitarian work across the country in the time of crisis. Here we go!
- Implementing, coordinates and monitors all institutions at the national level that are volunteering for the management and provision of resources amid emergency situations.
- As discussed, it prepares plans and policies for disaster management both at federal and provincial levels in line with the NDMA guidelines.
- NDMA also works in collaboration with international organisations known for their humanitarian and research works including World Health Organisation (WHO), World Engineering Council (WEC) and multiple welfare programmes run by the United Nations.
- Researches and identifies the regions around the country prone to natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, and cyclones.
- Send out alerts in the form of SMS notifications and briefs media about an approaching disaster and rescue operations that usually entail it.
- To send out SMS alerts, NDMA has started collaborating with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in recent years.
- As per the organisational structure of NDMA, Pakistan, it is also authorised to provide technical assistance to the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs). These provincial institutions are tasked to plan out and work on disaster relief operations in Pakistan in their designated areas.
- All of the disaster management plans in the country need to be approved and recognised by the National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) and should be in line with the NDMA guidelines before execution.
Quick Fact: The National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) is a body of federal government officials, which is authorised to look after the core operation scope of NDMA and disaster relief operations in Pakistan executed both on federal and provincial levels.
Contact Details for National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan
Following are the contact details for NDMA:
NDMA Head Office: 2nd Floor of Prime Minister’s Office, G-5-1 Constitution Avenue, Islamabad Capital Territory
NDMA Contact Number: 051-111-157-157
Provincial Institutions Collaborating with National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan
For all the provinces in Pakistan, there are separate crisis management institutions, mandated to work only in their designated regions. According to the organisational structure of NDMA, these institutions are either directly chaired by the Chief Ministers of their respective provinces or their appointed officers.
For your assistance, we are going to list down the contact details for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) for each of the provinces in Pakistan one by one. Have a look!
Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Sindh
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Sindh can be reached out using the following contact details
PDMA Sindh Head Office: Plot No.26-C, Main Khayaban-e-Jami, Defence Housing Authority, (DHA) Phase 7, Karachi
PDMA Sindh Contact Number: 021-99332005
Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Punjab
To get in touch with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Punjab, you can use the following contact information:
PDMA Punjab Head Office: 40-A, Jubilee Town, Lawrence Road, Lahore
PDMA Punjab Contact Number: 042-99203301
PDMA Punjab Helpline Number: 1129
Provincial Disaster Management Authority in KPK
You can reach out to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in KPK using the below given contact details:
PDMA KPK Head Office: Civil Secretariat, Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Road, Peshawar
PDMA KPK Contact Number: 091-9213959
PDMA KPK Helpline Number: 1700
Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan
Here are the contact details to connect with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan:
PDMA Balochistan Head Office: Shaikh Manda, Near ND Supermart, Airport Road, Quetta
PDMA Balochistan Contact Number: 081-9241133
Now that we have discussed all the useful information about the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and its core duties and responsibilities, it’s time for us to wrap up this blog post. If you have any questions or feedback related to the aforementioned information, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a side note, you may also like taking a look at our detailed overviews of some other key government authorities in Pakistan such as Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Punjab Land Record Authority (PLRA), Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) and National Highway Authority (NHA).
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