COLLECTIVE MEMORIES OF WEST-SUMATRAN EARTHQUAKE AND THEIR RELATION TO COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

Dona Eka Putri

Abstract


Indonesia’s geographical conditions are in the high earthquake-prone that requires a serious
effort in disaster mitigation, so that the losses inflicted disasters both physically and
psychologically can be minimized. This study aims to find out the positive aspects of
experiencing traumatic event in community that experienced natural disasters, in which with
these memories help the community become more resilient. In this study, interview conducted
after Padang earthquake (West Sumatra) on September 2009. The participants were 7 adults,
whom experiencing the event directly. Interview conducted in Indonesian or Minang
language. The approach was narrative, asked participants to tell their story of the disaster
and how the disaster has changed their community. Analysis was performed with a qualitative
approach. From the interviews conducted, the finding obtained is the theme of narrative given
by participants can be grouped into two categories; the strategy of evacuation and things that
minimize the impact.

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