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Flooding is one of the most common natural catastrophes in the world. The heavy rainfall Malaysia experiences every year makes the country prone to flash floods, floods and landslides. Over the last few years, Malaysia was hit by many flood incidents and in some instances claimed lives of people.   

As an insurer, Allianz Malaysia understands the dilemma faced by those affected by floods and continues its effort to advocate the community on the potential risks of living in flood prone areas.  With this in mind, Allianz Malaysia developed the Allianz Survival Kit along with a Flood Preparedness Brochure. The Survival Kit provides tools that are essential in the event of an emergency or evacuation whereas the brochure gives a detailed guide on what to do before, during and after flood.

“Flooding raises a serious concern. We have seen our customers and even our own employees going through a flood situation, and it is certainly challenging.  As a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty not just as an insurer to help as many people as possible in difficult times,” said Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.

The Allianz Survival Kit and Flood Preparedness Brochure was first launched on 20 May 2016 at the Introduction to Disaster Preparedness on Flood, Earthquake and Fire Safety training held for Allianz Malaysia employees by the Fire and Rescue Department of Kuala Lumpur. The training was conducted to identify volunteers for Allianz Malaysia’s Disaster Emergency Response Team in three main areas, specifically disaster preparedness, disaster back-end support and disaster field relief. The inaugural training was led by the Director of Fire and Rescue Department (Fire Department) of Kuala Lumpur, Khirudin bin Drahman @ Husaini at the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Station, Kuala Lumpur.

The one-day training was held for 30 Allianz employees where they learned about the roles and responsibilities of the Fire and Rescue Department; the importance of establishing a strategic partnership and building a disaster resistance community, types and facts on disaster incidences in Malaysia, case studies on disasters and fire from other countries; importance of forming an Emergency Response Team (ERT) and lastly, practical lesson on how to use the fire extinguisher to put out a fire. 

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