Supply flood victims with family survival packs, firms urged

Supply flood victims with family survival packs, firms urged
According to K.G. Tan, they are arranging to fly in 50 Family Survival Packs (FSPs) to kick-start their rebuilding communities work in the affected areas.

PETALING JAYA - Disaster Aid Malaysia (DAM) is appealing to corporations and the public to sponsor Australian-designed family survival packs for flood victims.

Its founding member K.G. Tan said each kit came with a tent that had partitions which could accommodate eight people, besides the necessary basic utensils for survival.

"For a start, we are arranging to fly in 50 Family Survival Packs (FSPs) to help kick-start our rebuilding communities work in the affected areas such as Kuala Krai," he said.

Tan said the Red Crescent Society had requested for 30 packs.

Each FSP has blankets, water containers, cooking utensils, a stove, pots, pans, children's rucksacks (with books and pencils), mosquito nets and other useful items that would help flood victims start rebuilding their lives.

Tan, who is a former president of the Bandar Utama Rotary Club, said DAM was one of the newest members of Disaster Aid International, an international humanitarian NGO founded and managed by Rotarians.

He said The Star reported that flood victims had requested for tents, cooking appliances and utensils and the FSP had all the essential items that met the wish list.

"It will solve their temporary challenges," he said.

"Depending on the availability of donations and sponsorships, we hope to bring in more FSPs to help the badly-affected families," he said.

Tan said each FSP cost A$800 (S$865), including deployment to disaster sites.

"We will also send members of the Disaster Aid Response Team (Darts) to help set up the tents with the locals," he said, adding that two teams from Australia and the United States were expected to fly in on Monday.

He said DAM had been involved in relief work after the recent Pakistan flood disaster and the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines.

The Insaf Technical Relief Malaysia (Insaf) NGO, meanwhile, is seeking more psychologists to start group post-traumatic stress therapy for students in 10 primary schools and two secondary schools in Tanah Merah.

Insaf founder and president Ishak Abdul Kadir said the NGO would also train the trainers to continue with the work.

Each batch would go for a five-day mission with the first taking place from Jan 17 to 21.

He said qualified psychologists from any faith and ethnic background were welcome to join the programme.

Those interested can call Ishak at 012-394 0447.

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