Showing posts from March, 2011

Simulation of Bosai Duck Game

Bosai Duck game mainly aims to train young children on how to respond to a threat. Bosai (in Japanese) means disaster prevention, and Duck (in English) refers to the pose associated with ‘duck’, the animal. The ‘duck’ pose, to drop, cover and hold, is a recommended first-act response if an earthquake occurs. Bosai Duck was created by T. Kikkawa and K. Yamori in 2005, which mainly targeted pre-school children in Japan.
This game uses cards which contain illustrations on both sides; one side illustrates the threat, and the other side illustrates the appropriate response to the threat. After learning about each threat and practicing the appropriate responses, the game starts. The players start the game by singing any songs while dancing or marching. In the middle of the singing, facilitator will show one of the threat cards randomly. The players should yell the correct keyword while posing in response to the shown card. After posing, the facilitator may tell the correct appropriate respo…

Simulation of Cross Road Game

Crossroad game aims to help participants in the preparation for disasters within their communities. This game uses "Yes" and "No" cards, in order to answer a dilemmatic situation which could happen during the disaster event. With each person's argument and discussions, necessary disaster preparation could be defined.

Crossroad game items were based on real events during the Kobe earthquake in 1995. The items were created through interviews with those who really experienced Kobe earthquake, i.e. volunteers, government officers, and survivors.

We simulated this game in February 12, 2011. Here is the summary of the activity.

Number of participants:
Facilitator: Risye
Number of groups: 4 groups, each group consisted of 5 - 7 persons
Items played:

We played 2 items for 4 groups (two groups have the same one item).
1. Read the situation written in a piece of paper for each group
2. Each person decides to answer yes or no and put the yes or no card in…

Afternoon Talk on Japan's recent Earthquake and Introduction of BDSG in ITB

Last Wednesday, 23 March 2011, KM (Keluarga Mahasiswa) ITB invited BDSG and students of ITB in a presentation on Japan's recent earthquake in Kanto-Tohoku region by an exchange student from Waseda University, Yuya Kishimoto, followed by the commencement of donation activities for Japan in ITB. Our group BDSG was given a chance to present in the beginning of the Afternoon Talk. On behalf of BDSG, Mizan, our coordinator, gave the introduction of BDSG with its mission and activities.

Yuya talked about the history of earthquakes in Japan as the opening remarks of his presentation. He further highlighted the positive Japanese spirit which supports them in facing the disaster. The proofs of this Japanese spirit were found through the statements collected through twitter.

In the discussion, several questions were raised regarding this, such as whether this disaster affects Japanese beliefs about God, how the Japanese people could establish such positive behavior (e.g. being tolerant to o…

BDSG 2nd Meeting

2nd BDSG Meeting We had three sessions. The first two were the Sharing Session by our members from geology students (GEA) and urban & regional planning students (HMP). The last one was a session about passion and ideas brainstorming by Iche.
Sharing Session 1, GEA GEA learners shared about their expertise in disaster studies, their willingness to raise awareness of people and their constraints in approaching the local communities for DRR efforts. They think that university students have capacities not only to volunteer in response to a disaster, but also to do something before a disaster happens. GEA is now trying to focus their research and volunteering activities in Tangkuban Perahu volcano area. They shared with the other BDSG learners by using a hazard map of Tangkuban Perahu, to which area the predicted future eruption will direct. They prioritized this area (Ciater Village) for their disaster education program to be held. A discussion based on GEA learners’ idea was conducted …

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