Disaster-resilient urbanites

In The Jakarta Post
Volume (Issue): February 2, 2019
Non Peer-reviewed Article
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Urban policies and regulations on land use management and planning must adopt the results of the study and evaluation of disaster risks so that investments can be better targeted while decreasing the burden of environmental degradation and the risk of damage to urban infrastructure. The scheme and preparation of funding for urban development must also reflect the "potential" of disaster to minimize the costs of responsive emergency and recovery efforts. The involvement of the private sector and insurance firms can also be explored and optimized in an integrated manner.
Today, disaster management efforts facilitated by city administrations must be able to take advantage of the unlimited virtual world. Building human resources can easily be done through social media and access to online information. Experience and knowledge from other cities or from previous disasters can be shared and used as learning material for urban disaster management.
Communication technology can also be used in innovations to early warning systems, emergency services and various responsive actions in the event of disaster. What might be more important is its use for innovations in integrating disaster management into the education system. In that way, the community would naturally transform into a resilient society so that mitigation and adaptation efforts to respond to climate change are no longer dependent on the government alone.