Indispensable for making disaster preparedness a “Malaysian family” culture

KUALA LUMPUR: It is important to make disaster preparedness a culture Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian family), said Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

He said this was due to the frequent occurrence of various forms of disasters in recent times.

He explained that the culture of preparedness should not only be practiced in October, in conjunction with the launch of National Preparedness Month (BKN), but should be the norm until the country achieves community resilience.

He added that, as underlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, accountability for disaster risk reduction should be a concerted effort.

“All Malaysians must make an effort to maximize their level of disaster preparedness in order to ensure the safety of lives, minimize damage to infrastructure and reduce losses to society, industry, government and the country,” he said in a statement today.

This year’s BKN 2021, with the theme “Keluarga Malaysia Siaga Bencana” (Malaysian Family Prepared for Disasters), was chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the Putrajaya Corporation Complex here today.

The event took place as part of the International Day of Disasters, which is celebrated on October 13 each year.

Abdul Latiff said the BKN, which is celebrated in Malaysia every year in October, aims to improve awareness and preparedness of various parties in the event of disasters, especially during monsoons, such as floods, mudslides and storms. landslides.

He also said that throughout the month, 36 programs and activities were put in place by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) with the cooperation of various departments, agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Activities include Community Disaster Risk Management, the webinar: Identifying Hazards and Disasters in and around Malaysia and the National Climate Forum-Northeast Monsoon 2021/2022.

He hopes that all parties will engage at a high level in the program so that it is in line with the government’s goal of making disaster risk reduction an important national program.

“The government always ensures that the coordination of disaster management can be managed more effectively and efficiently so that disaster victims benefit from the protection and assistance of all parties,” he said. declared. – Bernama

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