Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Importance Of Disaster Mitigation

A woman sits amidst wreckage caused by Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Natori, northern Japan on Sunday. (Source: AP Photos/Asahi Shimbun,Toshiyuki Tsunenari). Click here if you want to see more photos, and don't forget to bring tissues.

When you're not living in a disaster-struck area, hearing news about earthquake and tsunami in Japan may sound like something far away, something that can not happen to you. But the truth is disasters can happen to you.

Now the question is: Are you prepared for the disaster?

Two of my college friends, Dindin and Rizqa, live in Japan, to be precise in Meguro area in Tokyo.  They were planning to go to Osaka that Friday. When the earthquake happened, Rizqa brought her daughter Raissa and baby son Rui, to the living room where there were no furniture or stuffs that could fall upon them. After the quake lightened up, she grabbed the bag for Osaka and the bag filled with documents, papers and other important letters. 

Tips#1: always put important papers in one place and within reach. 
Tips#2: always prepare one bag of clothing for emergency cases.

Those tips sounds simple, eh? But how many of us do that? I didn't, but I'll do it. Those tips are actually taught in Japan's schools. Hats off to the Japan government who has prepared its citizens for the disaster. I think this is a good idea to apply here because we have many natural disasters from earthquake to floods. Disasters are inevitable, but if we know what we're having, we can reduce the number of casualties.

During the journey to Ende, Flores Island, I learned that the locals had their own disaster mitigation team in the village. The team could help the people during floods. I think that's important, because some areas are too remote and if they wait for the authorities to act, it would be too late.

Rizqa sent a link about disaster survival manual during earth quake, click here, and you can check on all the links there. Stay alert, stay safe.

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