"There are three keywords that must be adhered to and implemented, namely alertness, responsive, and collective (work)," Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said during a roll call of the Jakarta Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) at Pluit Reservoir City Park, North Jakarta, Sunday.
La Nina is a natural phenomenon causing colder weather with heavy rainfall.
In addition, La Nina is one of the factors causing rainy season and monsoon winds. The word La Nina comes from Spanish which means little girl.
Baswedan stated that in implementing the first keyword, namely alertness, officers must prepare anticipatory steps to map out safe locations.
"When talking about alertness, it is not about preparing the tools, but being alerted to rescue. The locations and the anticipatory steps must be considered before an accident occurrs," he conveyed.
Furthermore, if the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecast heavy rain in an area, concerned officers must be responsive for upcoming floods.
The last one is collective work, meaning that all elements must work together when mitigating a disaster caused by La Nina, Baswedan explained.
He addressed that all elements of the three pillars starting from the Police, the Indonesia Defence Forces (TNI), and the Jakarta Provincial Government are expected to work together to mobilize all forces, together with the community in handling floods.
"I express my gratitude and my appreciation because all of you are a proof that our nation continues to create heroes," Baswedan emphasized during the roll call.
Meanwhile, the Head of Jakarta PMI, Rustam Effendi, cited weather forecast issued by BMKG, predicting changes in the weather patterns as a result of La Nina in several places in Indonesia, including Jakarta.
"PMI will assist the regional government, especially concerning the humanitarian aspect of the community who might be affected by the disaster," Effendi said.
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