KOTA KINABALU: A community based programme called ‘Disaster Response Preparedness Training’ is being organised by Liberal Democratic Party Youth Movement and Commission of Sabah Affairs (COSA).
The course aimed to build a culture of safety and disaster resilient communities will be conducted by representative of International Disaster Response Network (IDRN), said organising chairman David Ong.
The training will be co-organised Kenneth Tham from COSA.
It is designed to teach individuals and families the necessary steps to prepare for disaster and how to survive a disaster, outlined Ong.
He explained the course provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the trainee through indentifying their local hazards, developing and maintaining an emergency communication plan, and developing a disaster supplies kit.
It also covers topics such as evacuation and disaster survival. In addition, the course provides in- depth information on specific hazards and how to handle each hazard, he said.
He added trainees will learn how to prepare for a hazard before, after and during a hazards occurrence.
“Emergency and disaster can occur anytime without warning. Most citizens and communities are ill-prepared and rely upon government assistance to protect them from disasters.
“The end result is that personal safety and welfare are entrusted to large agencies which usually overloaded with many kinds of urgent responsibilities and therefore unable or unlikely to stretch their best efforts to serve everyone in the community”.
“It is also our aim, through this training to create awareness to the public the availability of IDRN training and the important of disaster preparedness for every individual and the community to face the disaster in the future”.
“The more you are prepared for them, the better you will be able to act, minimizing panic and confusion when disaster strikes,” Ong said.
The training will be on March 28, 2015 at Promenade Hotel and participants will be by invitation only.- Sayangsabah