PDMA - Community Emergency Response Training
Rapid climate changes, increased population and unplanned urbanization have led to unprecedented damages occurring in the wake of natural disasters in Pakistan. Pakistan itself is vulnerable to many natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, cyclones, drought and landslides. The LEAD's (Leadership for Environment and Development) report "Disaster Mortality 2015" records 8887 disasters in Pakistan between 1980 and 2014, out of which 40 percent relate particularly to floods. The Global Climate Risk Index 2015, ranks Pakistan as the 10th most affected country in the world due to climate change. Punjab being the harbinger of five rivers is the most vulnerable and affected province due to floods.
PDMA Punjab constituted under the NDM Act-2010 specializes in mitigation. preparedness and an organised response to any disaster. The most important role of PDMA lies in providing a platform for all provincial departments to come together and strategies management and response to disasters and calamities.
No doubt, all the concerned departments in Punjab, especially PDMA, Rescue 1122, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), doctors / paramedics, and other emergency responders are doing an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they cannot do it alone. Community involvement is, therefore, a key element because individuals can make a difference in their own community. Unfortunately, community involvement, in disaster preparedness has remained unsatisfactory so far. Although, at individual level, people as such do come forward for helping the government agencies at time of needs but they are not trained and prepared for handling disasters.
Maximising awareness and encouraging participation in disaster preparedness activities to affect change at the community level is therefore a challenge. PDMA Punjab as one of its CBDRM (Community Based Disaster Risk Management) initiative, is determined to contribute to the safety and security of communities in Punjab by imparting Emergency Response Training to the communities, so when in need, individuals are available to respond to a disaster.
Community Emergency Response Training
emergency responders from National Societies and government disaster
organizations. Local volunteers, citizens, organizations and businesses have an
active and important role to play before, during and after major emergencies and
disasters. Therefore, as stated earlier, Community-based disaster preparedness
(CBDP) is a process that seeks to develop and implement a locally appropriate and
locally "owned" strategy for disaster preparedness and risk reduction.
Local populations in disaster-stricken areas are the first to respond to a disaster. They
are usually involved in search and rescue activities as well as in providing emergency
treatment and relief to their families, friends and neighbors. Governments, ideally in
partnership with other community organizations and networks, can play an important
role in improving the skills and knowledge of these "spontaneous" disaster responders
by providing them with education and training in preparedness measures, basic rescue
techniques, and first aid and emergency treatment. PDMA in collaboration with Punjab
Emergency Service, Rescue 1122 has formulated a training program for the
individuals of the communities to make them prepared for emergencies and disasters
with following objectives.
To train / educate individuals amongst the vulnerable communities
about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area
and to train them in basic disaster response skills, such as CPR, fire
safety, light search and rescue, team organisation, and disaster
These individuals will then be able to assist others in their community
following a disaster when professional responders are not
immediately available to help.
PDMA and PES (Rescue 1122), Punjab to take an active role in
emergency preparedness projects by strengthening community-based disaster preparedness through the intended training program
which includes educatift-, 'preparing and supporting local populations
and communities in their everyday efforts to reduce risks and prepare
their own local response mechanisms to address disaster emergency
Preparing communities for the unexpected with first aid, basic life
support, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, fire and water emergencies
and disaster handling training developed and taught by experts, this
convenient and affordable training course can help provide care
when it's needed most.
Scenario-based approach will be used to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills driving better disaster management outcomes.