The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) inaugurated the operation of a new warehouse in Makassar last monday. The warehouse has been built with assistance from Norway worth Rp 3.5 billion (US$369,880). The 2,600-square meter warehouse, which is built on a 6,000-square meter plot of land, is designed to store the PMI’s assistance, evacuation and distribution equipment.
The equipment is ready for distribution in case a disaster hits parts of the eastern regions of Indonesia. The warehouse’s compound is also used as a training ground for PMI volunteers.
The PMI warehouse in Makassar is also equipped with evacuation equipment in addition to other assistance materials. The facility is designed to help speed up the mobilization of disaster assistance.
The head of the Indonesian Red Cross, Jusuf Kalla, said at the inauguration, that Indonesia should not think it is simply a nation that relies mostly on assistance, but also has to be ready to lend a hand to other countries that are severely in need of humanitarian assistance.
Norwegian Red Cross was represented by Chersti Heroidseide at the inauguration