Disasterchannel.co,- This article appeared when the author was surfing on several social media platforms, then several training advertisements appeared with financial and leadership issues. Seeing the advertisement, the writer immediately finds out what we can get if we take part in the training. Indeed, if we see the advertisement for this training, of course we will get many benefits, starting from knowledge, to being promised a channel for business start-ups.
But do you know, DC friends, why we also have to take part in training related to disaster issues. In fact, basically any education or training will certainly increase the insight of every individual, except for fake investment training like the one that was popular a few years ago.
Our investment in attending training on disaster issues is very important, even as important as training that supports a person’s life. The reason is that our country is a disaster-prone country, and even Indonesia can be considered a “disaster supermarket”.
Of course the term “supermarket disaster” is not just a term or just a figment of imagination. The main cause of the high disaster risk in Indonesia is due to Indonesia’s geographical location. In general, the position of the territory of our beloved country is in the area where tectonic plates collide. This is what causes Indonesia to be very prone to disasters.
If we look at the historical sources that exist in this case during colonial rule, disasters often occurred in Indonesia which were triggered by natural phenomena. For example, the news on September 14 1916 published by the Algemeen Handelsblad newspaper, where it was reported that an earthquake had occurred in the East Java area. Then there is also the Tsunami Catalog created by SL Sloviev with the title Catalogue of Tsunami on the Western Shore of the Pacific Ocean, which collects information about the tsunami disaster in Indonesia.
Apart from that, disasters caused by human activities also haunt our country. Cases of climate change due to the greenhouse effect, as well as environmental damage due to deforestation, pollution of the quality of water sources and the opening of mines are exacerbating the issue of disasters in our country. This disaster factor was certainly not caused by nature, but was caused by human stupidity and mismanagement on the part of the authorities.
Seeing the evidence of geography, history and poor environmental management conditions, as the author has described above. We can see that disaster training is very important for us. Whatever the type of training, of course, it will be useful if an emergency comes to life later on. In addition, there is a lot of disaster training which is actually free, meaning there is no charge at all, which is held by the government and NGOs which work in the field of disaster issues.
Therefore, dear DC friends, let us make disaster training part of our future investment. It’s not that the author hopes that a disaster will happen, but we must be prepared if a disaster comes. Equip yourself with knowledge related to disasters. Hopefully with this article we will all be more enthusiastic about studying issues related to disasters.
Author: Abdurrahman Heriza
Editor: Lien Sururoh
Translator: Nugrah Aryatama
Wignyo Adiyoso, S.Sos., M.A., Ph.D., Manajemen Bencana Pengantar Dan Isu Isu Strategis (jakarta: Bumi Aksara, 2018), 61.
“Aardbeving Op Java.,” Algemeen Handelsblad (Amsterdam, September 14, 1916), Ochtend edition, accessed September 1, 2023, https://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=ddd:010652252:mpeg21:a0046.
A. Sonny Keraf, Krisi Dan Bencana Lingkungan Hidup Global (Yogyakarta: Kanisius, 2014), h 44.