Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences (Print ISSN: 1524-7252; Online ISSN: 1532-5806)


Strengthening community resilience at Balerante village, Klaten regency, Central Java province (Study case: Merapi volcano hazard)

Author(s): Kurniawan, L., Zauhar, S., Maarif, S., & Mindarti, L. I.

Mount Merapi covers four regencies, i.e., Magelang, Boyolali and Klaten regencies in the Central Java Province, and Sleman Regency whereas in the Special Region of Yogyakarta Province. Based on the Catalog of Volcanic Disaster-Prone Villages (BNPB, 2019), there are 21 villages located in high-prone around Mount Merapi, including Balerante Village in Klaten Regency. This study aims to describe resilience component, analyze resilience object based on vulnerable location (settlement and public facility, and propose betterment innovative DRR strategy based on community empowerment at Balerante in facing Merapi hazard. This study used a qualitative approach, which intends to develop comprehensive description of the phenomenon. The result of the study found the most prominent resilience component is basic disaster management system that reaches the value of 0.84. This means, 84 percent of efforts in this component have been implemented within the community. Furthermore, there are seven vulnerable location-based objects to improve resilience, i.e., settlement, school/university, healthcare facilities, markets, house of worship, offices, and other vital facilities alongside three elements of locality: local risk, local authority, and local actions. DRR effort remains the gaps, such as the limitation of disaster knowledge for some residents and evacuation rehearsal is not implementable in regular basis. DRR strategies at Balerante can be improved through capacity building in each resilience objects and coordination within parties, stakeholders, and community in order to achieve more effective resilience in case of Merapi eruption.

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