42 Disaster Care Journalists Area of Central Java (WAPENA) visited the office of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), at Ir. H. Juanda Street no. 36 Central Jakarta on Friday (20/9). Also present there with the group, Chief executive of Central Java Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), sarwa Parmana M.Sc., and their staffs. The visit was welcomed by the Head of Data Information and Public Relations, Dr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The purpose of the visit is to learn disaster management systems conducted by BNPB and directly witness the Pusdalops (Emergency Operation Center) of BNPB.


In his speech, Sutopo said, “disaster management requires a good disaster management. Indonesia is one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters. To reduce, prevent and cope with disasters that may occur or recur, people living in disaster-prone areas need to make disaster risk reduction or risk management. Disaster Risk Reduction is defined as a process of community empowerment through experience and cope with disasters that focuses on participatory activities to conduct studies, planning, organizing community groups, as well as the involvement and actions of various stakeholders, in dealing with disasters before, during and after a disaster occurs.


One journalist, Edy, said that the development on the field of information technology to provide an alternative in the dissemination of disaster related information. Such information can reduce losses due to natural disasters and to help people to be aware of the phenomena of nature. In the news we need complete data and facts presented to support the news. Many journalists did not know the disaster management system. The need for journalists to learn about disaster management system in order to understand the stages in the disaster management is necessary in order to facilitate the reporting the news on disasters and to increase the knowledge of disaster management system.


Translated  by Henrikus Adi Hernanto


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