By Siti Rohaizah Zainal
SHAH ALAM, Sept 28 — All suggestions received from participants of the two-day Selangor state disaster simulation programme will be considered and refined before being used as a guideline in managing disasters.
State division secretary (Management Services) Muhamad Shah Osmin said inputs from the experienced participants are essential in coming up with an official standard operating procedure (SOP) that is more systematic and comprehensive.
“The afternoon session today focuses more on discussion and improvements, which are based on their on-the-field experiences.
“If their ideas and views are beneficial for disaster management, it will be turned into an official SOP or guideline for all agencies,” he said when met during the programme held at Dewan Jubli Perak at the Selangor State Secretariat Building here today.
He added that five elements or case studies in disaster management were discussed during the session, which is on disaster operation control post (POKB), on-site control post (PKTK), temporary relief centre (PPS), search and rescue (SAR) mission and non-evacuated victims.
“All the participants took part during the sessions to learn from last year’s flood disaster and to be more prepared for it this year,” he said.
A total of 67 agencies involving 343 participants took part in the state disaster simulation programme that included the Social Welfare Department, police, Fire and Rescue Department as well as local authorities.
The simulation aims to ensure that the agencies involved are well-prepared in terms of resources, equipment, and assets to deal with disasters.