Monday, 25 January 2010

Preparing for the floods in Jakarta in the coming weeks

It was an impressive day yesterday being with 1600 young Red Cross volunteers who were out on a disaster training day in Jakarta. With serious floods predicted for Jakarta in the coming month, the Indonesian Red Cross is in a high state of readiness. The new Chairman of PMI, Jusuf Kalla was there giving strong leadership and direction. Here are a few photos.

Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) tracked vehicles with rescue boats prepare for floods that can be expected in Jakarta in the next two months.

The PMI have highly trained helicopter rescue teams and a fleet of five helicopters.

The new Chairman of PMI, Jusuf Kalla

Bob (blue shirt) talking to young PMI volunteers at yesterday's practice.

Time for a snack and a bit of reflection.

Another rescue team resting.

The new secretary general of PMI, Budi Atmadi Adiputro (left) and myself. I look forward to working with Pak Budi. who has worked in disaster preparedness and response a long time.
One of eleven PMI water purification units. In times of flooding, clean water is essential for maintaining the health of affected people. At a Government disaster simulation ten days ago, with the President of Indonesia.


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
"We must ask where we are and whither we are tending" Abraham Lincoln

Good to read there are those indeed asking and trying to answer the big questions. Thank you Bob, and all those wonderful people in your world.

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Thanks Robb. There is a lot of pleasure in preparing for disasters so you can reduce damage, destruction and deaths.


Donald said...

Keep up the good work Bob. I'm behind in my reading [weather has been very settled and not conducive to being indoors], but looking forward soon to catching up with your valuable, insightful and varied posts in detail.

It's great to see realistic preparedness and that looks like good gear you have ready.



Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Donald, Preparedness is the key whether in mountain rescue or earthquake preparedness. Thanks for the Posieden photo which I will post tomorrow.


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Paterika Hengreaves said...

Hi Bob

Great picture of you posing with your underlings and colleagues in humanitarian service. I know it is profound to be proactive and not reactive. Careful planning calls for assessment of current situations and past situations, the rewards for so doing are manifold blessings. A lesson for Haiti to embrace. Natural disasters will never go away from the inhabitants on earth so it is prudent for all governments and the people to have on the front burner disaster management techniques in all the various shades available for all and proper maintenance of infrastructure and all other peripherals essential for daily living. Keep up the good work; and thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and job related activities.

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Good morning Paterika. It's 5.30 am in Jakarta and I am just about to go for a morning walk. I love that quiet time to myself.

I have been working in disaster preparedness since 1975, and I started in a very poor country, Nepal. A small ammount of money invested in careful contingency planning, community awareness and training, can save countless lives and minimise damage to property and infrastructure. But alas, many Government to not give risk reduction or disaster preparedness the funding it deserves.

Thank God the Indonesian Government and Red Cross see it as a high priority.

Have a relaxing weekend.


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