The south Java coastal town of Pacitan was the most impressive of the three cities we worked in in terms of local efforts and successes. The local BPBD had set up 3-4 presentations every day to schools, community leaders and scouts. Volunteers and staff from BPBD accompanied us to every visit, they arranged for lunches along the way and they answered our many questions. Since many of the schools had more than a few days advanced warning, we were welcomed with singing, dancing, and gamelan playing. There were also snack boxes (including an egg roll, some nuts, a cup of water) or plates of snacks presented to us (boiled bananas, yams and peanuts, sticky rice and palm sugar treats etc.) at most every stop. Along the way it was encouraging to see maps posted of inundation areas and evacuation routes.
Unlike Pangandaran, Pacitan has nearby hills for tsunami refuge.
Here we are singing the Tsunami song for the Bupati. The main singer is Sarah White who served her mission in Indonesia, took my Indonesian class at BYU, now teaches the intro Indonesian classes at BYU and is now working on a linguistics MA at BYU. She was an invaluable member of the team who did much of the presentation oversight. video courtesy of UVU geology student and fellow explorer Jeremy Andreini
BYU Geology Professor Ron Harris--the mastermind behind this project and Carolus Prasetiyadi--UPN geology professor (left) presented shirts to the Bupati (tan shirt) and the assistant bupati.
Our final presentation in Pacitan was our most encouraging. We met with the leaders of two villages--in the open air office of the village of Kembang (Flower). The village on Kembang was one of the first that BPBD worked with in 2013 to help in becoming tsunami prepared. After the survey and while most were hearing our presentation, the elected leader of the village put me on the back of his motor cycle to go see what they had done.
Diana (volunteer) and Dianita (staff)--the two BPBP officials who made all of our arrangements in Pacitan. They accompanied us on all of our visits, provided information, arranged for snacks and lunches, and basically helped us meet over 1,000 people to talk about tsunamis awareness. They are impressive women who are leading out in their community.