Sigi Regency Holds Flash Flood and Earthquake Disaster Emergency Simulation

Aware of the threat of natural disasters that continue to haunt, the Sigi Regency Government in Central Sulawesi prepared itself by holding a disaster emergency simulation on Wednesday (27/10). Around a thousand people were involved in the simulation, which was held with two different disaster scenarios, namely flash floods and earthquakes.

Rogo Village, which was affected by flash floods last August, became one of the places where the simulation was carried out.

“In this simulation there are actually two phases that we do. The first is emergency alert where there has not been a disaster, the second is the emergency response phase. The emergency response has already occurred, we are testing the two phases in this simulation,” explained the Head of the Sigi Regency Disaster Risk Reduction Forum (FPRB), Saiful Taslim. FLY in Rogo Village.

Basarnas personnel set up an emergency response post during an emergency simulation of flash floods and earthquakes in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, on October 27, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

Basarnas personnel set up an emergency response post during an emergency simulation of flash floods and earthquakes in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, on October 27, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

The simulation involved many parties, from the community to TNI-POLRI personnel. Several representatives from national and international non-profit organizations also participated in the simulation.

“Trial activation of the post, then determining the status and then strengthening coordination between sectors in disaster management, that’s what we are trying to see in this simulation and so far it has been going well, even though it is not optimal for levels of coordination between sectors,” said Saiful .

The simulation is also to test the implementation in the field of the Flash Flood and Earthquake Contingency Plan which is integrated with the response to COVID-19 which has been prepared by the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Sigi Regency.

Residents are Enthusiastic to Participate in the Simulation

From Monitoring FLY in Rogo village, the simulation activity with the implementation of the COVID-19 health protocol was enthusiastically followed by villagers. Many of them practiced self-evacuation during a disaster in the simulation. Head of Rogo Village, Fuad Hudin, assessed that emergency disaster simulations can increase the knowledge of residents in dealing with the risk of flash floods and the threat of earthquakes.

Health workers use personal protective equipment while evacuating residents infected with COVID-19 during an emergency simulation of flash floods and earthquakes in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, on October 27, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

Health workers use personal protective equipment while evacuating residents infected with COVID-19 during an emergency simulation of flash floods and earthquakes in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, on October 27, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

“The simulation held in Rogo village is very important for the community and it brings positive value. Previously, the community did not know how to deal with disaster risk. With this simulation, Alhamdulillah, the community members have understood what is called disaster risk, “said Fuad.

Fuad said that in the last two years there have been three flash floods in the village, which is inhabited by 553 families or 1,800 people. The disaster caused material losses for the affected residents in the form of losing their homes, and the loss of their source of livelihood due to the damage to their gardens and rice fields by the flood.

Sigi Prepares to Face the Threat of Flash Flood

To FLYSigi Regent, Irwan Lapata, said that the simulation activity was very important for preparedness in anticipating the high threat of flash floods and landslides entering the rainy season towards the end of 2021.

He explained that the earthquake in Donggala in 2018 caused changes in the landscape that caused villages in Sigi Regency to be prone to flash floods and landslides during the rainy season.

“Today’s event is very important so that when there is a flash flood, we will no longer be guessing, no longer inventing but all (good) equipment from the Health Service, Social Service, TNI, POLRI, then traditional figures who were not originally given a role. , already has a role,” said Irwan.

According to Irwan, the government has built the Sabo Dam to control erosion, sedimentation and landslides in several villages, including Poi, Bangga and Salua. Several other villages that have a high vulnerability to the threat of flash floods and landslides have not been equipped with a Sabo Dam. [yl/rs]

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