Flood Preparedness Programme for Children in Kerteh, Terengganu

Project Flood Preparedness Programme for Children in Kerteh, Terengganu
Objectives

• To promote a culture of disaster preparedness among children • To measure the increase in disaster preparedness capacity among children, through follow up workshop

Project Partners Ministry of Education, ExxonMobil
Activities

• Training of teachers • Workshop with children

Locations Kerteh, Terengganu
Period September 2011- May 2012
Accomplishments

Conducted Phase 1- Flood Preparedness Workshop for children

BACKGROUND

Due to MERCY Malaysia’s experience in disaster preparedness programme, ExxonMobil Malaysia expressed interest to collaborate for the Flood Preparedness Programme for children in Kerteh, Terengganu. The collaboration is timely given that Kerteh is regarded as a high risk area for flood. Cases of drowning children are commonly reported in the state come flood season and this requires attention and intervention in knowledge sharing and skills training for flood preparedness. There are two phases of implementation for the programme:

Phase 1: Workshop for children in Kerteh from eight schools & Training of Teachers
Phase 2: Follow up workshop for children who participated in the previous workshop (2012)

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

MERCY Malaysia conducted a workshop on flood preparedness for school children in Kerteh. Some of the activities covered are Nature Power, Emergency Grab Bag, Early Warning & Communication, School Watching and Flood Preparedness Awareness Raising Campaign Activity.

The Training of Teachers programme was also conducted in Kerteh and it was attended by 20 teachers from eight schools. The programme contained lectures on definitions and key concepts of disasters, disaster risk reductions, disaster education and community- based disaster risk management.