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    West Java Prepares Disaster Response Curriculum

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    KARAWANG, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, said that educational institutions need to design the implementation of disaster response curricula as an effort to prepare a generation that has knowledge and insight in dealing with disasters.

    "The West Java Provincial Government started the disaster response curriculum, so that as a province that routinely gets a disaster, our school children are ready to deal with the earthquake, if the volcano erupts, fires, floods, etc.," Emil said, as he Launching of Disaster Preparedness Students in 2018, at Kharisma Darusalam Foundation, By Pass Street East Jomin Karawang, Friday (11/23/18).

    West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said, Indonesia, especially West Java, is one of the countries with high potential for natural disasters. Because most parts of Indonesia are directly related to geological processes, such as earthquakes, landslides, volcanic, liquefaction, and flooding.

    Also as is known, Indonesia is a meeting area of ??3 large tectonic plates, namely the Indo-Australian, Eurasian and Pacific plates. The Indo-Australian plate collides with the Eurasian plate off the coast of Sumatra, Java and Nusa Tenggara, while the Pacific in the north of Irian and northern Maluku.

    In West Java, during the period of January 2018 to date alone, there have been approximately 1,322 natural disasters in West Java. The thousands of disasters consist of landslides, 351 incidents, tornadoes 220 incidents, Floods of 106 incidents, 141 forest fires, residential fires 387 incidents, two occurrences of earthquakes, and a tidal wave of five events.

    Furthermore, Emil hopes that the disaster response curriculum that he initiates can be applied to all schools in West Java starting in January 2019. He claimed to have collaborated with the Government of Japan regarding the assistance in developing the disaster curriculum.

    "We imitate what is in Japan, those who are extraordinary will become partners, I have collaborated with JICA, the City of Yokohama, as well as the Japanese Government to provide disaster-based curriculum assistance," he said.

    So, it is expected to minimize casualties in the future due to lack of knowledge regarding preparation and preparedness in the face of disasters.

    "We want our future grandchildren to be prepared for disasters and potential disasters so that they can live cultured and deal with the fate of disasters that Indonesia is indeed geologically vulnerable to," Emil said.

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