National level disaster preparedness campaign to be launched 

Via The Sun Daily
MercyMalaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Mercy Malaysia will launch a national level campaign later this month to raise public awareness on the importance of natural disaster preparedness.

Its honorary secretary, Raja Riza Shazmin Raja Badrul Shah, said there is a need for the public to be aware and prepared as disasters such as floods have become more constant in the country.
“Usually, Malaysians would not know what to do if an alarm rings out in a shopping mall, we tend to ignore it, this clearly shows that we are not ready.
“If we look at Japan, or Aceh, Indonesia, when disasters strike, they are all ready, when they hear the alarm they would know what to do,” she told a press conference here today.
She added the campaign would also involve more disaster risk education programmes nationwide, especially in the the light of the monsoon season.
“By being prepared, not only can we build a safer nation but also more resilient communities that are able to meet the challenges that these disasters may bring,” she said.
The NGO will work with government agencies such as the Civil Defence Department, Health Ministry, Communications and Multimedia Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department to ensure the success of the campaign.
She said Mercy Malaysia would hold its 16th annual fund-raising dinner on Oct 16 to support the cause. With its theme “Planning for Tomorrow, Today,” the event would be held at Sheraton Imperial Hotel here.
It hopes to raise RM300,000 at the event to finance its planned programmes.
The tables for the dinner are priced from RM5,000 to RM50,000. Reservations can be made by e-mail to rsvp@mercy.org.my, or contacting its representatives Suhaili Hassan or Norimalina Kamarudin at 03-2142 2007, ext (252) or (253).