Pakistan Red Crescent Society Khyber pakhtunkhwa (KP) chapter conducted a week long disaster simulation exercise in Mastuj Upper Chitral to enhance capacity building of the local community to tackle emergency situations and strengthen the integrated response by various humanitarian organizations.
According to a press release issued here on Saturday, Pakistan Red Crescent Society in collaboration with Provincial disaster Management authority (PDMA) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arranged the event.
Agha khan Agency for Habitat, Civil Defense, District Disaster Management Unit and other humanitarian organizations were the important stakeholders in the simulation exercise.
During the exercise, the scenario of heavy flash flood due to GLOF was developed. Initially the search and rescue team responded to the situation where injured from the scene were rescued. The search and recued team were followed by a First Aid team where the pre-hospital treatment was provided to the victims. After the first aid treatment the serious patients were shifted to the Emergency Medical unit where treatment was provided to the victims while critical patients were referred to the nearest health facility. Furthermore, a well equipped tent city was established for the displaced population where food, non-food items and other services were provided. A well equipped medical unit along with an isolation center for COVID patients was established in the tent city. Restoring family links unit provided their services for the separated families during the disaster. In addition, the Risk Awareness Safer Behavior team of PRCS oriented the population on various potential risks and safe behavior during the situation.
At the end of the simulation exercise, the chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent society KP Lt Gen (R)Mohammad Hamid Khan said, “We want the government and non government institutions who are serving the vulnerable communities during the disaster situation, should respond jointly. PRCS is an auxiliary body to the government with its role to provide assistance to the people in need. By joint actions we can serve humanity in a better way.” On this occasion, he thanked PDMA, ICRC and District Administration Upper Chitral for their support during Disaster preparedness simulation exercises.