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Surrounded By Water: Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in Indonesia

A project of the Red Cross in Indonesia that is developing collaborative systems as part of overall disaster preparedness in one of the most vulnerable areas on Earth.

Indonesia is extremely vulnerable to many different types of disasters including storms, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Getting assistance from one part of the country to another can be incredibly challenging given that Indonesia consists of more than 17,000 islands, approximately 6,000 of which are inhabited. In highly disaster-prone areas such as Aceh and West Sumatra, the American Red Cross collaborates with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) to lead campaigns that enhance community awareness on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation issues. Together they train volunteers on DRR, working with them to identify risks within their communities and resources to mitigate those risks. During disaster simulations, volunteers apply skills gained during first aid and disaster response trainings.