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Jakarta Post

Bali aims to boost disaster preparedness through certification program

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Mon, September 2, 2019   /  07:06 pm
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Terrifyingly beautiful: I Wayan Karja painted his take on Mount Agung's eruption as he witnessed the occurrence in Bali in late November last year.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

When a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the resort island of Bali in July this year, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) of the Westin Resort Nusa Dua immediately took action to calm their guests, showing the safe evacuation route and making sure that all the guests and staff were safe. The team communicated with the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) and related agencies. The ERT team also checked on structural damage that could require further assessment. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is among 64 Bali hotels that have been certified for disaster preparedness, issued by the Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) to those that have protocols on disaster mitigation. The executive director of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) Bali chapter, Ida Bagus Purwa Sidemen, said that the certification program was necessary, especially after the island had been hit by s...