Social Affairs Minister Proposes Establishing Communications Group for Disaster Handling

Thursday, 22-July-2021 14:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - To speed up the handling of natural disasters, Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has proposed to create a communications group in which there are contact numbers for regional heads, regional secretaries, social services, and various other related parties.

"This is based on experience in the Province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), where we had difficulty and could not contact the regional head, regional secretary, social services as well as other related parties," said the Minister of Social Affairs in Jakarta, on Tuesday (07/21/2021).

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said that When a natural disaster occurs and there are communication groups, there is hope that not all groups are not able to be contacted, but there is one group that is active and can be contacted to ask what kind of communication and what steps to take.

"Learning from the earthquake in Malang, there is information that the area is severely damaged in Dampit. I also checked through Tagana and reported that the residents were still sleeping comfortably and even had time to take photos and it turned out that in other places it was even worse," he said.

The Minister of Social Affairs' proposal for tiered communication groups starting from the central government and then local governments, both provincial and district and city, will make handling natural disasters faster.

"The groups are so important and become an effective communication medium as part of a disaster management system that can move faster," she said.

The advantage of having communication groups is that it will also be fast for disaster management interventions that can be directly implemented in accordance with their respective fields.

"With the communication group, there is a division of tasks, such as who handles relocation, who handles food, who handles sick victims who can be synergized with the TNI-Polri and the handling is faster, because disaster management cannot be one unit but must be complete," Risma said.

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