UNAIR NEWS – All elements of society pay attention to disasters. The disaster potential and the risk limitation always related to the long-term and mid-term development plan, at national level or regional. Indonesia is a country rich of minerals and natural resources. The consequence for it is there are many disaster potentials.
Knowledge on disasters therefore needed for anyone from any backgrounds. The problems involve all elements such as the forest fires in Sumatera and Kalimantan. The effects was catastrophic in many sectors.
In economics and business, the fog inflicted financial loss. In politics, the disaster affected relations with neighboring countries. In legal aspect, the disaster will go to the court of law with punishments for burning the forest.
Those are some points presented by dr Bagus Tjahjono MPH, Head of Education and Training Division of National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) during public lecture on disaster management in UNAIR Postgraduate School on Friday, March 18.
“In my opinion, insight on disasters should be given in schools, universities, and other occasions. Every countryman is obliged to be aware of disaster management,” he said in front of dozens of students from many faculties.
The man who often goes abroad for conferences made an analogy. Surabaya at the moment may not have tsunami threat. But it does not mean that people fromSurabaya will not go to Mentawai or other region which tsunami likely occurs some day. Therefore, there is nothing bad for people in Surabaya to have knowledges on tsunami, on how to avoid and reduce the risk of it.
“Long time ago, when a tsunami happened in Sri Lanka, there was a man who got insights on tsunami when he was in England. That man could help a lot of Srilankan people from the catastrophic tsunami even his knowledge he had was not from a country which had tsunami potentials,” said Bagus. (*)
Author: Rio F. Rachman