Active Role of PKPU Human Initiative in the National Disaster Risk Reduction Month in Medan

MEDAN – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) commemorated the Month of National Disaster Risk Reduction (PRB). It took place in the city of Medan, North Sumatera on October 19-26, 2018. Quoted by bnpb.go.id, PRB event this year carries a big theme called Sustainable Resilience for Sustainable Development: Coherency for Resilience through People Public Private Partnership.

The goal of PRB this year is developing partnership between the government along with business and humanitarian institutions. This partnership development also involves regional governments to build sustainability based on PRB. Therefore, PKPU Human Initiative also takes part in the goal.

One of efforts to realize the active role of PKPU Human Initiative is participating in the National PRB exhibition. PKPU HI set up a stand which invited people to know more about disaster response. The stand number 85 was opened on October 21-24, 2018 at North Sumatera Provincial government Multifunction Building.

“PKPU HI plays an active role as the participant of National PRB exhibition. Our stand number 85 has been opened from October 21-24, 2018,” Mardi Sahendra as the head of PKPU North Sumatera said on Wednesday (24/10) via Whatsapp.

The disaster exhibition also got a good response from the participants coming to PKPU HI stand. PKPU Human Initiative tries to give complete information on disaster to public. This information is related to rescue tools. Besides, PKPU HI also invited the participants to join a game and see documentation of emergency rescue actions through photos and video.

“PKPU HI introduced rescue tools, games, documentation of emergency rescue actions through photos and video and education on PRB,” Mardi stated.

Mardi explained that the participants joining the game at PKPU HI stand were so enthusiastic. Various series of events were held this week. On October 19 – 21, 2018 National Jamboree of Disaster Handling was held. It was opened by West Sumatera traditional dance to welcome guests. Then, Ir. Harmensyah, Dipl, S.E., M.M. as the Deputy of BNPB Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Division delivered a speech on Sunday (21/10) in Medan. The opening on that day ended with prayer and the guests went around the exhibition.

After a series of National PRB exhibition events, Mardi hoped people will be more aware of knowledge on disaster. Besides, Mardi invited people to be more alert about the condition around them.

The peak of National PRB month was held on Wednesday (24/10/2018) at Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel and Convention, Medan. Around 3000 participants consisting of the Indonesian government, the regional government, BNPB, national and international NGOs and academicians enlivened the event.