The islands off the western coast of Sumatra sit above one of the world’s most vulnerable seismic regions. As the closest land masses to the fault dividing the Australian-Indian and Eurasian Continental Plates, earthquakes are a constant threat. Coupled with this is the high potential for earthquake-generated tsunamis in the region.
Since 2006, SurfAid has implemented two separate Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) programs. Communities need to plan and prepare before disasters. They need to know how to respond if affected by a disaster, and they need to identify their key strengths in order to quickly recover from the affects of natural disaster.