|Project||Johor Community Preparedness Programme (JCPP)|
• To build a culture of preparedness among communities in Johor • To strengthen multi-stakeholder cooperation in disaster preparedness
|Project Partners||• Majlis Keselamatan Negara • Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat • Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran • District Office • Village Committees|
• Assessment and data collection (interview with community, authorities, government agencies and CSOs) • Community Socialization and Sensitization through Disaster and Flood Awareness Day for Segamat District • Analysis Report on Community Response and Preparedness for Flood in Segamat
|Period||January – December 2013|
• Data collection of the Community Response and Preparedness was done using the interview method • The data from selected communities was collected from 11- 13 April 2013 • A total of 286 survey questions were collected • Findings revealed almost all (92.2%) of respondent families had prepared for the floods. Only 5.7 % of respondents lost family members in the last floods and 17.4 % of respondents mentioned their community had lost family member sin the flood. 80.9 % of respondents confirmed they had suffered adverse health effects from the floods
Segamat District is one of the eight districts in the State of Johor Darul Takzim. It is one of the areas affected by the floods in 2006 and 2011 which caused almost the entire area to be affected and paralyzed from various angles such as economic, social and political. MERCY Malaysia acknowledged the importance of community – based disaster risk management in Johor when it first initiated the Johor Community Preparedness Programme (JCPP) in December 2009. In 2013, after receiving feedbacks, understanding and interests among its community, MERCY Malaysia conducted the JCPP in Segamat, Johor.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
In the recent years, Malaysia has experienced more serious and significant floods and landslides that saw heavy economic losses, cost lives and affected the environment. Community empowerment is the most effective approach for local-led DRR practices, as it helps to create ownership and responsibility in order to build resilience. Having the experience from the regional and international level on CBDRM, MERCY Malaysia is sharing these skills and knowledge with the local communities in Malaysia, to ensure that a culture of preparedness is instilled from now. Community preparedness programmes allows the community to be in charge of their safety during emergencies or disasters. MERCY Malaysia will also share its expertise in disaster response and preparedness with the communities.