MBKM Semeru Students Batch 2 are Equipped with Disaster Resilience

Indonesia’s position which is in the ‘ring of fire’ needs to be a vigilance. Therefore, it is necessary to have insight or education for disaster potential awareness, especially for the surrounding community so that they do not forget about this potential disaster. This was conveyed by an expert in Geophysics Universitas Brawijaya (UB), Prof. Dr. Sunaryo, S.Si., M.Si while giving an online briefing on the Independent Learning Independent Campus (MBKM) Semeru Batch 2 online, Thursday (24/02/2022).

Presented by Prof. Sunaryo, disaster is a combination of danger and vulnerability. Vulnerability is a set of conditions that determine whether a hazard can lead to disaster. This vulnerability can be addressed with the community’s ability to carry out prevention and mitigation. With the preventive aspect, the effects of disasters can be reduced and eliminated.

Prof. Dr. Sunaryo, S.Si., M.Si

“Students were sent to Semereu in the after the disaster, so they will assist in the rehabilitation and recovery function in all aspects. However, a function that is also needed is a pre-disaster step, namely providing disaster resilience education updates to the surrounding community,” explained the Geophysical Engineering Lecturer, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

To assess the community’s readiness to face a disaster, Prof. Sunaryo gave an assessment of Disaster Resilient Village or Destana for short. With Destana assessment, the village’s independent ability will be seen to adapt, face the threat of disasters, and recover quickly from adverse impacts.

The Destana assessment consists of five components, namely quality and access to basic services, basic disaster management systems, disaster risk management, emergency preparedness, and recovery preparedness. Each component is divided into several indicators as the basis for assessing the condition of the community.

“Hopefully, with the substance of Destana, we can know the current position of village resilience and then design the actions needed to increase village resilience,” he concluded.

There are 40 students from MBKM Semeru batch 2, and will depart in April 2022. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]