The webinar organized by Disaster Management and Logistics students consists of five sessions. The first speaker was a senior lecturer from University of Gloucestershire, Nadine Sulkowski, M.Sc., B.Sc., PGCHE, FHEA. The first session which was held on August 20, 2021, talked about The Disaster Management Cycle, Planning, Activities, and Evaluation. In addition to students from the Disaster Management and Logistics course, this webinar was also attended by industrial engineering students batch of 2018 to 2021.
Through today’s theme, Nadine explained about disaster management, especially in Indonesia and how to survive in the midst of disasters. Nadine also explained what kind of improvements needed to be made from the level of education. Nadine explained that raising awareness about disaster mitigation is not done from the top down but from the bottom up. This is because the government does not really know the risks and challenges faced by each region.
Nadine is currently in the process of establishing 8 natural disaster resilience centers and some of these centers have been operating well. The disaster resilience centers are spread across several universities throughout Indonesia. What Nadine does is to make universities more resilient, so that in the event of a disaster, the university can support staff, students, and residents to be more resilient and can continue to operate. Nadine will also conduct training on how to train emotions when a disaster occurs, how to take care of each other, and be able to help others. Then, the 8 universities are expected to be able to conduct training to other universities.
One of the main key models in terms of disaster management according to Nadine is the disaster cycle. The disaster cycle consists of 3 stages, namely pre-disaster, disaster, and recovery. The pre-disaster stage we need to understand what types and risks we will face and what we can do. At the disaster stage, namely our preparedness when a disaster will come, for example when a mountain is about to erupt as seen by the seismograph, we can prepare for the crisis. Then in the recovery phase we think about how to rebuild livelihoods and infrastructure.