|Project||Malaysian Community Preparedness Programme (MCPP)|
• To build a culture of preparedness among communities in Malaysia • To strengthen multi-stakeholder cooperation in disaster preparedness
|Project Partners||• Majlis Keselamatan Negara • Terengganu State Office • Local Government Agencies|
• Assessment Trip • Data Analysis • Sensitization workshop
|Period||12 months (September 2013 – September 2014)|
• Assessment Trip • A series of meetings and discussions to gather more information on the current flood situation in Terengganu involved representatives from stakeholders such as Majlis Keselamatan Negara and the Terengganu State Office • Data Analysis • Completed data gathering from assessment conducted • Setiu district of Terengganu has been identified as the beneficiary for the programme • Sensitization Workshop • Completed one sensitization workshop in Setiu, Terengganu • Participants were introduced to basic disaster concepts, DRR principles and also community based disaster risk management • More than 50 people participated
The Malaysian Community Preparedness Programme (MCPP) implements community-based disaster risk reduction management. Disaster affects livelihoods, therefore the involvement of individuals and communities as a whole are important to reduce the impact of disasters. MERCY Malaysia through the MCPP aims to create more resilient communities in the more at risks areas across the country by empowering local governments and engaging civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders.
Terengganu has been selected for the MCPP as the state has experienced a flooding event. Even though Terengganu has experiences of flooding every year, the nature of floods in the state has changed from monsoon type flooding to flash flooding. The approach for flood preparedness and disaster preparedness in general must be improved and this requires the effort of all stakeholders.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
MERCY Malaysia worked closely with Majlis Keselamatan Negeri Terengganu to identify areas and districts that may be most affected by flash floods during the monsoon season. Upon completion of data gathering and analysis, MERCY Malaysia, under its Disaster Risk Management unit, will conduct activities with the identified communities and agencies in the form of workshops and focus group discussions.