Revising Local Action Plan and Empowering Journalists on Information Dissemination

Project Revising Local Action Plan and Empowering Journalists on Information Dissemination
Objectives

• Strengthening the Local Government Disaster Management System • Build commitment from local government in mainstreaming DRR • Build support system through media to ensure proper implementation of disaster management plans

Project Partners Komunitas Siaga Tsunami (KOGAMI)
Activities

• Defining lessons learned from the previous disaster management system and ways forward in disaster management • Revising Local Action Plan • Developing Support System through Media

Locations Padang, Indonesia
Period April 2010 - March 2011
Accomplishments

• Local Action Plan revised • Disaster Preparedness Journalist Network trained and formed • Journalist handbook on Disaster Management published

Background
In September 2009, Padang was hit by a 7.6 magnitude
earthquake that sent shockwaves across the region.
MERCY Malaysia responded to the earthquake and
following the emergency response, a partnership was
formed with Komunitas Siaga Tsunami (KOGAMI)
which focused on a long-term plan for disaster risk
management. It was agreed that a revision of the Local
Action Plan on DRR was needed based on the lessons
learned in the disaster.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
With a view towards strengthening the Local Government
Disaster Management system, MERCY Malaysia and
KOGAMI supported the process of revising the DRR Local
Action Plan together with local authorities and other
stakeholders.

The media was also seen as an essential component in
disaster risk management as they are able to spread
the awareness on DRR in a wider scale. With that in
mind, MERCY Malaysia provided support and input for
the Journalist Network Disaster Preparedness training
and workshop. The journalist handbook on disaster
management was also published containing guidelines
on the proper methods and ethics in disseminating
information about disasters.