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The story of Rosmawati, earthquake victim at Pidie Jaya and a FKM BKA trainee

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“I have memorized my evacuation map, and my neighbours better understand my needs and whereabouts.”

My name is Rosmawati, aged 45, and I am blind. As a woman who lives at home, I used to be a victim of any natural disaster that came upon us. Also, being on my own, when I was out of the house I would run into anything in front of me, such as walls and trees, and I would even fall into a trench and end up in the hospital. Therefore, in times of a disaster I would usually just stay in front of the house waiting to be evacuated by volunteers. But most people are busy evacuating their own family before they can think of helping us persons with disabilities.

After attending the workshop held by FKM BKA, however, I now have more knowledge about how to evacuate myself in times of emergency. I have memorized my evacuation map, which way I should run, and how I can save myself in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. But more than that, now my neighbours have begun to understand my needs and whereabouts in the village, so that in case of disaster I will not be left alone.

Interestingly, I was also informed by the government that if I must go to a refugee camp, I will receive special needs support. So now I can be a little more calm – ready and resilient to face disaster.

Find out more about how FKM BKA created inclusive evacuation strategies by reading the factsheet.