ACT South Kalimantan Invites Students to be Aware of Disasters

In this activity, the team introduced various disasters and how to overcome them to students, especially the types of disasters that are prone to occur in South Kalimantan.

a firefighting simulation
A volunteer member of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) of South Kalimantan demonstrates a firefighting simulation. (ACTNews/Muhammad Jauhari)

ACTNews, BANJARMASIN – A disaster is possible to occur in Indonesia, particularly in South Kalimantan. The people of South Kalimantan, for one, will never forget the flash flood disaster that occurred in early 2021.

After learning from this invaluable experience, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) South Kalimantan launched the Go To School Disaster Preparedness Volunteer Mitigation program in several schools in Banjarmasin City. This activity also involved a group of volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) South Kalimantan.

ACT and MRI South Kalimantan held the activity at SMP Negeri 27 Banjarmasin on Friday (1/27/2022) and SMP Negeri 21 Banjarmasin on Saturday (1/28/2022). "In this activity, we educated middle school students. We taught students about the different types of disasters and how to deal with them when they happen," said Muhammad Riadi, the Head of Volunteer ACT South Kalimantan in Banjarmasin.

Riadi added that the team also introduced disaster mitigation activities for students by demonstrating a fire management simulation. "We also show how to use light fire extinguishers and how to use personal protective equipment," Riadi added.

Maimunah, the Intra-School Student Organization (OSIS) mentor at SMP Negeri 27 Banjarmasin, welcomed the disaster mitigation activities to her students. She could see the students' excitement while watching the firefighting simulation.

According to her, students must be educated about disaster risk reduction because Banjarmasin City is frequently hit by fires. "Students in our school must understand the knowledge of disaster prevention and management, especially when a disaster occurs," Maimunah said. []