A new version of software that can predict the social and human impact of natural disasters was released in Indonesia on 7 April 2014.
Dr Syamsul Maarif, the Head of Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), launched the updated version of InaSAFE 2.0, software tool jointly developed by BNPB, Australia and the World Bank.
Dr Maarif said that the InaSAFE tools will help improve disaster preparedness in Indonesia by providing a new way to combine scientific hazard information and community knowledge on disaster risk.
“It enables 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,” Dr Maarif said.
Australia’s Minister-Counsellor for Development Cooperation in Indonesia, Jean-Bernard Carrasco, said 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”, Mr Carrasco said.
The updated software 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.
The World Bank, through its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery is facilitating use of InaSAFE across the world in Africa and to countries such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Dr Jim Y Kim, President of the World Bank, recently listed the use of InaSAFE as one of the Seven Steps to Surviving a Disaster.
InaSAFE 2.0 is free and open source software that provides disaster managers around the world with a simple but rigorous tool for evidence-based disaster planning.