Tourism businesspeople around Tanah Lot tourist attraction are given an understanding on disaster management both regarding natural, non-natural or man-made disasters. By that way, tourism community will respond better to the disaster. At least, they will be able to evacuate themselves and help surrounding people do the same.
The socialization was held by Tabanan Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) on Wednesday (May 29). Serving as the speaker was the agency representative from Bali Province, Indonesia Red Cross (PMI), National SAR Agency and Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Region III. This event was also attended by Kediri subdistrict head, headman of Beraban, Operations Management of Tanah Lot and representatives of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.
Chief Executive of the Tabanan Regional Disaster Management Agency, I Gusti Ngurah Made Sucita, expected the community to know about the existence of the agency. By that way, people would not be confused and can inform if a disaster occurred. “We socialize about the natural, non-natural and man-made disaster so that people will not be confused when a disaster happens,” he said.
On that occasion, it was also accompanied with a video screening on tsunami in Aceh. It is intended to provide a perspective to the public how dangerous the tsunami disaster is and it is highly vulnerable to happen at coastlines. “Early anticipation needs to be done to suppress the emergence of more casualties and losses,” he said. Representative of the Indonesia Red Cross, Putu Suta Wijaya, said the dissemination of early warnings on disaster is to cope with the disaster carried throughout the disaster cycle, namely before the disaster occurred, during the disaster and post-disaster. “For emergency response in the search and rescue effort, medical help, assistance distribution and socio- psychological support should also be socialized,” he added. (BTN/015)