Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Disaster Risk Management Programme (DRMP) (Making Resilient Communities) in line with HFA -5
In the aftermath of Earth Quake 2005, during the reconstruction process ERRA took a unique initiative of creating awareness among the communities by imparting CBDRM training and educating line departments of EQ districts on mainstreaming DRR in District Planning Process. To make the communities resilient and enhance their sustainability stockpiles of Emergency Response Tools were also established down to union council level. The programme had three main objectives. First, to raise awareness and build capacity of the local communities by providing stock piles of emergency response tools. Second, to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction in district planning processes and third, to provide Hazard and Risk Maps along with other related information to district authorities.
The programme achieved following results;
• Imparted CBDRM training to 19,226 community volunteers in 303 Union Councils and constituted 303 UCDMCs & UCERTs in the nine EQA districts.
• Built stockpiles of Emergency Response Tools in 303 Union Councils and established four regional hubs of stockpiles at Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Mansehra and Battagram. Published a Guide Book on storage, safety, security and maintenance of stockpiles items.
• Sustainability for AJ&K and KP Stockpiles Signed MoUs with both the Governments.
• Organized Mainstreaming DRR Workshops in nine EQA districts and published a Mainstreaming Guide Book to help/educate district development planners in implementing risk conscious approaches.
• Prepared Hazard Indication Maps for Mansehra and Muzaffarabad Districts for better land use planning.
• Established DRR Chairs at AJ&K and Hazara Universities.
• Capacity building of SDMA (AJ&K) and PDMA (KP) through provision of latest office equipment for smooth functioning.
• Sustainability and safe repository of results, Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad.
The programme has been completed with total satisfaction and within stipulated time lines without any hick ups. The fact that ERRA DRM model has been accepted for replication in rest of the country and adaptation by several INGOs implementing CBDRM in flood affected areas, bare testimony to its fecundity. UNISDR has also included DRMP in their best practices.