Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Indonesia Should Copy Japan in Disaster Preparedness Culture

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo said Indonesia should learn from Japan about the disaster preparedness.

    “I saw a video [showing a situation] in Japan; the people were not panicking when an earthquake strike," Jokowi said in a written statement on Saturday, February 2.

    He said that when the alarm rings, the Japanese people know where to go to evacuate and protecting themselves. Jokowi wants the Indonesian people to copy that culture.

    Similar to Indonesia, Japan is also located at the ring of fire that is prone to disaster, Jokowi said. However, Japan’s disaster education and mitigation program are at a way far higher level, making the people are well educated on the disaster preparedness.

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    "I want the disaster education to also be implemented [in Indonesia] soon. It (the education) should be begun this year and be applied to the people and at schools, especially in the prone-to-disaster area," he asserted.

    The president said that the public should be educated in order to organize themselves when a disaster hit their region. The awareness on the physical aspect such as the facility is also not less important.

    Jokowi views that training and simulation on survival and disaster mitigation should be done regularly, expecting that the people would learn to quickly act and move in orderly when facing an emergency situation.

    The disaster education in Indonesia, Jokowi went on, should be soon executed in all levels of society including the mitigation agency, such as BNPB, to take care of the damage in the area affected by the disaster.

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