WHEN disaster strikes, the kind of people needed to focus on the crisis are those with one heart, one mind and one purpose, says Food For the Hungry, Malaysia (FHIM) executive director Rev Koo Tuk Su.
“We need men and women who are intelligent, fit, strong, mature and brave.
“When they bring out the affected people, we need a second group of people to apply emergency treatment, including calming the traumatised in body, mind, and spirit.
“Thirdly, a group in the control room is crucial. We need the best brains and strongest hearts to make quick decisions and give clear commands. Besides these key personnel, we need support teams to ease the pressure,” he said.
FHIM, which is based in Sabah, is initiating a series of workshops for the public to have an understanding on how to respond to disasters,
The next workshop from March 2-5 will be held at the Outward Bound School (OBS) in Kinarut, Sabah, and be open to about 100 participants at RM250 per person.
The training will be conducted by FHIM, OBS and Crisis Relief Services and Training with assistance from the Fire Services Department and the police.
There will be participants from Mercy Malaysia, which will also make one of its trainers available.
FHIM operates tax-exemption facilities and keeps disaster funds in trust to make rapid responses to meet such needs.
However, the greatest need is volunteers.
Koo said, apart from supporting FHIM financially, the business sector and institutions can release personnel for training.
OBS chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin said that basic disaster response training was a must for all.
“It is a social responsibility of young and old to respond efficiently in times of disaster, and in saving lives, property and the environment,” he said.
For further information and online registration, visit www.sabah.org.my/fhisabah or call Melanie Chu at the FHIM office at 088-240 335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.