Navy and BPBD Host Earthquake Mitigation Simulation for Soldiers
The simulation aims to train all officers involved to work together according to their respective main tasks in disaster mitigation, in order to minimize disaster casualties
Labuan Bajo, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – Kupang Navy Air Base and East Nusa Tenggara Regional Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) have trained soldiers to deal with security threats and respond to natural disasters through earthquake impact management simulation.
“The simulation is aimed at training all officers involved to work together according to their respective main tasks in disaster mitigation, in order to minimize disaster casualties,” Lt. Col. Nasrul Azharudin, commander of the air base of the Kupang Navy.
Azharudin pointed out that one of the tasks of the Indonesian army (TNI) in military operations other than war (MOOTW) based on Law No. 34 of 2004 is to help overcome the impacts of natural disasters. , travel and the provision of humanitarian assistance.
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Therefore, he said, TNI, in conjunction with other relevant stakeholders, must assist BPBD as the agency leading the emergency response.
He said that Indonesia is an archipelagic country located at the confluence of four tectonic plates, namely the Eurasian plate, the Indo-Australian plate, the Indian ocean and the Pacific ocean plate, and is in the area of the ring of fire.
Under these conditions, Azharudin said, disaster risks can be mapped, but the exact time of catastrophic events cannot be determined.
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According to him, the disaster mitigation training held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 followed the Navy Aviation Center’s directive to train soldiers to deal with security threats and mitigate the impact of natural disasters.
“The important thing is that we understand the procedures in the event of an earthquake, what to do and what the coordination flow looks like. First aid is key to the rescue efforts of victims in the event of a disaster”, did he declare.
The activity was joined by Kupang Navy Air Base, East Nusa Tenggara BPBD, Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), Disaster Alert Cadets (Tagana) from Social Bureau, l Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), and residents around Kupang Navy Air Base.
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