IPOH: Corporations are urged to provide waterproof bags to villagers in flood-prone areas to allow them to pack essential items before they leave their houses during such disasters, say several experts.
Global Environment Centre (GEC) river care programme manager Dr K. Kalithasan said this could be part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives of companies interested to help during disasters.
Kalithasan said it would be a good start for such companies to hand out waterproof bags before the start of the monsoon period, so that people are more prepared.
He said both the Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) and GEC, which are non-profit organisations, would remind people affected during floods or any other disasters to keep two sets of waterproof bags in their homes.
“We call the first bag a 'grab bag', and it should contain important documents, medications, and other essential items. We also recommend that people have another bag, which we call the ‘72H’ (72 Hours) which would contain portable water filters, snacks and clothes to last for three days, ” he told reporters after the launching of a workshop titled “Enhance Flood-resilient Community” at a hotel here.
The two-day workshop was launched by Perak Public Facility, Infrastructure, Agriculture and Plantation committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamhari.
Also present was MyWP vice-chairman Datuk Hanapi Mohamad Noor.
The workshop was jointly organised by MyWP and GEC.
Hanapi added that a series of such workshops involving stakeholders will continue to empower the community.
He said besides Perak, similar workshops have been held in other states since 2014.
“The event is designed to equip and empower government officers, relevant agencies and local communities on flood management, town watching, and climate resilience.
“It is also to prepare them for what needs to be done before, during and after the floods to reduce the damage incurred, ” he added.