Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme are conducting joint preventative training, known as Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD), from 5 to 9 September at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok.
Indonesia was the pilot country when the program was implemented globally in 2009 – in Makassar and Palu.
Indonesia’s chain of islands is at frequent risk of earthquakes, tsunamis and active volcanoes. Additionally, Bali and Lombok are categorised as high risk areas in the Indonesian Disaster Risk Index (2013). Airports in both provinces experienced operations shutdown due to volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Rinjani.
The multi-day workshop involves over 50 participants – including representatives from the airport operating company, aviation safety experts, national and regional Disaster Management Planning Agencies, Indonesian Red Cross, immigration authorities, the military and the police force – who will be trained to handle the high volume of incoming relief goods and increasing number of passengers during the aftermath of natural disasters.
“Following natural disasters, airports become vital hubs for the processing of incoming relief supplies,” says Christof Ehrhart of Deutsche Post DHL. “With sound processes in place at the airport and with the relevant agencies, relief goods and aid can be channelled through airports to reach the affected communities quickly and efficiently. This program continues to help improve disaster management in this geologically high-risk region.”