ACT’s Response to Natural Disasters in Greater Jakarta

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) responds to the flood in Greater Jakarta Area in late February with a series of emergency response programs, including the evacuation of trapped residents and the distribution of basic aid.

ACT and MRI volunteers evacuate flood victims
ACT’s Emergency Response Team and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia volunteers evacuate a baby in Kedoya, West Jakarta, Saturday (2/20/2021) (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Since early 2021, Indonesia has been repeatedly hit by natural disasters, from massive flooding in South Kalimantan, earthquake in West Sulawesi, to various other natural disasters in other areas. In response, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Emergency Response Team has activated the National Disaster Humanitarian Post and 225 other regional posts over the past 2 months. In addition,  tens of thousands of aid packages have been distributed.

Recently, the heavy rain that fell from Friday (2/19/2021) to Saturday (2/20/2021) in the Jakarta Metropolitan Area (Jabodetabek) resulted in flooding at over 123 points in the region.

ACT’s Emergency Response Team has been on standby at the flood-affected locations for three days to ensure that the evacuation of the victims and the aid distribution go quickly and smoothly. Responding to the flood, ACT has activated the National Disaster Humanitarian Post and a number of regional posts in affected points and has prepared the assistance that is to be given.

"We have prepared 14 main regional humanitarian posts in cities and regencies in Jabodetabek, followed by the establishment of 123 unit posts spread over 123 flood-hit locations in Jabodetabek. And we are grateful for the tough volunteers that we deploy from West Java, Banten, and Jakarta. A total of 1,230 volunteers responded very quickly to the flood to help evacuate the victims from flood-hit locations,” said ACT President Ibnu Khajar, Saturday (2/20/2021). As many as 5,000 volunteers have gotten themselves ready to face the high rain intensity, as forecasted by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The National Disaster Post will provide updated information to the public about the latest conditions and ongoing actions. "Every day, from the National Disaster Post, we will continue to report the latest conditions and actions 2-3 times a day to ensure that our brothers and sisters at the disaster-hit sites receive their needed assistance," said Ibnu.

ACT President Ibnu Khajar and ACT's emergency response team members during a press conference on Saturday (2/20/2021). (ACTNews / Dyah Sulistiowati)

More than 1,000 tons of aid were already prepared at the Waqf Distribution Center (WDC) in the Gunung Sindur and Gunung Putri areas in Bogor. For the initial stage, ACT has prepared to distribute 100 tons of aid. To anticipate the high urgency for food, ACT is also working with surrounding restaurants through the Free Meal Operation. Meal packages will also be distributed through the Humanity Food Truck which operates in severely affected areas such as East Jakarta and Bekasi. Public kitchens will also be established in a number of locations.

Moreover, medical services will be provided by the Humanity Medical Services team especially to vulnerable groups like children and the elderly These humanitarian works will be supported by 86 other units of ACT's humanitarian vehicles.

With such a massive disaster management, Ibnu hoped that the survivors will continue to be optimistic that they can pass this tribulation. He also invited generous people to always support their disaster-hit brothers and sisters.

“Never feel alone because there are volunteers and those who dedicate themselves to humanitarianism at every disaster-hit location. And, Insha Allah, we can also contribute to this great humanitarian work through our best donations, through our best prayers, through the sincerity of those working in the field, through all the facilities we have to help our brothers and sisters in disaster-hit areas," invited Ibnu. []