Community empowerment on flood resilient had been implemented and became an important objective of Malaysia Country Water Partnership since the initiation of Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP).
Competence trainers are therefore necessary, and it is the main reason behind the implementation of Town - Watching Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Flood Preparation Community Safety Map During the Flood. The event was organized by Malaysia Country Water Partnership, The Global Environment Centre, and Universiti Putra Malaysia and was held on 30 - 31 October 2018.
The training focused on the four (4) community-based flood training exercises: 1) Proper understanding of the key stakeholders on current flood trend; 2) The Flood Hazards ‘Town-watching’ training focuses on identifying the routes traveled during disasters such as flooding and its consequences; 3) Potable Water Management; 4) Grab Bag and 72H kit.
This local level kind of activity is implemented in order to influence the policy making process at the national level. It is expected that by linking what happen on the ground with what should be regu-lated from the national perspective will provide a more inclusive policy formulation that would benefit all stakeholders.
During the opening speech, NADMA's Deputy Director-General of Planning and Preparedness Sector Division, Mohamed Zahari Razali, said the disaster situation like the previous floods often occurs during the monsoon season between November and January each year, but now it is no longer predictable. In addition, he underline that the management of disaster is not only the responsibility of NADMA, but also another goverment agency such as APM (Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia). Should the disaster occurred, under the Order No. 20 National Security Council (MKN), the Federal goverment have to go to the state to assist the state and district governments in all aspects, including in terms of financial aid or logistics.
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