‘Embrace culture of preparedness’
> Zahid: Disaster awareness among the public only at moderate level
KEMAMAN: Public awareness on early evacuation in the event of disasters, especially floods, is still at a moderate level, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said based on a scale of between one and 10, the community was at level five.
“We need to increase awareness among registered and unregistered victims. On the government’s side, we have set up Nadma (National Disaster Management Agency) which is 100% ready to face any eventuality in the country.”
He was speaking after opening the National Preparedness Month 2016 at the Kemaman Waterfront here yesterday, Bernama reported.
Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim; Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who is also Kemaman MP; and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim.
In his speech, Ahmad Zahid said the Kemaman standard operating procedure (SOP) not only managed to achieve the gold standard when tackling floods but is also recognised at international level.
The Kemaman Preparedness SOP had won an award at the World Summit on Information Society in Geneva last year.
Zahid also commended the commitment shown by all parties, including nongovernmental organisations and security personnel, in reducing the risk of deaths and destruction.
“We want to make this preparedness a culture among the community. We must embrace that culture in our hearts and minds so that we are constantly alert.”