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Role Of University in Disaster Management: Initiatives From University Malaysia Sabah

Writers : Felix Tongkul & Mohd. Noh Dalimin

Date : 4-7 Dec 2006

Publisher : Conference On Disaster Management Through Regional Cooperation

Location : Jakarta, Indonesia

Abstract :

Malaysia, located outside the “Pacific Rim of Fire” is fortunate that it is not severely affected by natural disasters such big earthquake, violent volcanic eruptions and strong typhoons. However, Malaysia has other types of natural disasters such as monsoon floods, landslides and severe haze. The country has also experienced extreme climatic events, ranging from freaky thunderstorms to severe drought. The 2004 Asian tsunami which propagated from the Indian Ocean also affected Malaysia.  The Government is very concerned about occurrences of such disasters that adversely affect its people. Emphasis is being given to disaster risks reduction and development of disaster management capabilities in the various areas of disaster prevention, mitigation, response and recovery. An integrated approach in the various aspects of disaster management involving the various agencies is adopted to achieve higher efficiency and greater effectiveness. Efforts are being made by the Government to create higher awareness among the people so as to enhance disaster preparedness as well as to build a culture of prevention in the community. The Government also hopes to enhance its national capabilities in disaster management by the setting up of training facilities and through related activities in cooperation with other countries. This paper outlines some of the efforts taken by Universiti Malaysia Sabah to enhance Malaysia’s capability in disaster management, particularly in the state of Sabah.