Pakistan is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change, with a very low technical and financial capacity to adapt to its adverse impacts. To cope with these changes, shifting toward proactive disaster risk management (DRM) is a government priority, monitored through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Since starting operations in Pakistan, CARE has responded with life-saving support to a series of large-scale disasters. Through emergency programs, CARE Pakistan has provided relief, recovery and rehabilitation support to millions of Pakistanis affected by disastrous floods, earthquakes and displacement. Recognizing the long-term need for support for full recovery and its important link to poverty, CARE focuses on implementing developmental projects linked to emergency response, with a special emphasis on disaster resilience.

CARE Pakistan aims to adopt and promote community-based resilience programing in areas that have been identified as most vulnerable to natural hazards by the NDMA. For this purpose, CARE, under its humanitarian program, has developed an Emergency Preparedness Planning and Response (EPP) mechanism in coordination with its partners and communities. EPP enables communities to acquire real-time information about emergencies through early warning systems, ensures preparedness and timely and effective response, builds the capacity of government departments in DRM, incorporates disaster risk analysis into government development planning and creates support through advocacy with elected local representatives and the public. CARE Pakistan works to engage communities, elected local officials and government departments to strengthen the delivery and institutionalization of disaster risk management and preparedness within plans and governance structures.