Tsunami Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK) collaborated with the Faculty of Psychology, Univesitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), and Poltekes Mamuju, West Sulawesi, in a research project entitled PREPARED PROJECT—Psychological Preparedness of At Risk Indonesian Communities to Disaster.
This project was funded by the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS), Australia Awards Indonesia (AAI) in 2022. The TDMRC USK research team, represented by Rizanna Rosemary, MHC, PhD and Dr. Marty Mawarpury, M.Psi. This project aims to develop a psychological preparedness construct for disasters in the Indonesian context, drawn from action research studies on at–risk and disaster–affected communities in Indonesia. Specifically, the project explores psychological characteristics and constructs that affect people‘s ability to anticipate uncertain future events such as disasters, including health–related ones such as COVID–19, and used in target communities. Through the Systematic Literature Review (SLR) method, a psychological preparedness test tool for disasters has been developed, for the first time, and is used to measure an estimated total of 900 people in three selected areas in Yogyakarta, Aceh, and West Sulawesi Provinces, (Sleman, Banda Aceh, and Mamuju) with different levels of life experience to disasters, and exposure to community disaster preparedness programs. This includes the most in – at–risk community groups, such as people with disabilities and the elderly. An understanding of the level of psychological preparedness of community members is expected to inform the community and disaster managers (government and non–government) for pre–planning assistance and psychological assistance in the event of a disaster. Figure 3–5: Prepared Project enumerator training simultaneously online in three cities, Banda Aceh–Sleman–Mamuju (November 12, 2022). The project will also create a “peer-to-peer“ mechanism to build relationships between disaster responders who will be trained to facilitate local communities pre–planning and access psychological assistance or assistance in disaster events. The project will indirectly increase the awareness and knowledge of academics, policymakers, disaster and humanitarian organizations, and communities concerned with psychological preparedness through a number of communication channels, including learning workshops/seminars, and the production of policy and practice summaries. Research surveys are conducted offline and online. To support this research, please participate by filling out the following survey.