Indonesia releases new disaster management software

Indonesia releases new disaster management software

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Indonesia: National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has launched an updated version of InaSAFE 2.0, software tool jointly developed by BNPB, Australia and the World Bank on 7 April 2014. The new version can predict the social and human impact of natural disasters.

It would enable production of realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response training activities, by incorporating a range of natural hazard information, such as earthquake, volcanoes, tsunami or flood; and exposure data, such as the spatial distribution of population, roads or critical infrastructure. InaSAFE 2.0 includes the ability to work with road data, including a capability to download roads maps directly from the online mapping tool OpenStreetMap (OSM). The new functions could help when planning possible evacuation and emergency response routes.

With the help of Australian Government agency Geoscience Australia and the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction, over 1.3 million buildings in Indonesia have already been mapped in OSM and this data is being incorporated into InaSAFE. It is compatible with the free and open source Geographic Information System QGIS 2.0, and allows users to import spatial data from remote sources and create custom impact map templates.

Source: World Bank