‘Em­brace cul­ture of pre­pared­ness’

> Zahid: Dis­as­ter aware­ness among the pub­lic only at mod­er­ate level

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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.”

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