In wake of winter-related emergencies, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday organized the first Winter’s Contingency Plan and Preparedness Coordination Conference. Chairman NDMA Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik presided the meeting where representatives of provincial, state and Gilgit Baltistan disaster management authorities (PDMAs/SDMA/GBDMA respectively), Emergency services, PMD, WAPDA, SUPARCO, NHA, Armed Forces, ICT Administration, and Emergency Response Agencies (Rescue 1122) attended the important conference, a news release said. The conference was the first of its kind, undertaken as a proactive measure to establish coordination among all stakeholders enabling them to take preventive measures to save precious lives and infrastructure damage during the winter season. Chairman NDMA underlined the urgent need of collaborated and synergized response within diaphragm of potential disaster risk in different areas of the country. He emphasized on adopting the advanced and technology-driven disaster management and public awareness campaigns to stave off intersecting challenges of climate change. Chairman NDMA also highlighted that NDMA is working on formulation of ‘Disaster/risk Calendar’ based on foreseeable disasters for generating region-specific emergency alerts along with coordination of relevant departments in vulnerable areas during a year. In addition, he hinted at disaster management audits of different disaster prone areas to pitch guidelines, customized emergency plans and rapid need assessment along with stocking at warehouses and logistics needs. During the conference, DG PDMAs and Rescue Agencies briefed about winters preparedness and contingency plans along with stock status for hazard-prone areas.