Preparedness plan for flood: a bottom up approach
Floods have caused major disasters around the world and these include Malaysia which is inevitable. However, we can be prepared by taking the lessons from the previous flood disasters. This paper attempts to highlight preparedness plan executed by the community i.e. six months before the expected flood in December 2015. Preparedness plan can be initiated during rehabilitation process at every level in the affected community by the community themselves-bottom up approach. It can be done through Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and intensive mutual assistance. The preparedness plan does not mean the community does not need help from the authority, but it is an integral effort. Hopefully, this bottom up approach will fill the gap between the community and the authority.
Keywords: preparedness plan; flood; disaster; Malaysia; CBDRM