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Spreading the word about life-saving technology in Indonesia

November 1, 2017

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Increasing awareness of disaster preparedness—making sure decision makers at every level know about life-saving tools and resources—is the impetus for Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC) latest partnership project with Indonesia’s national disaster management organization, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB). The first of its kind for Indonesia, PDC helped launch a national publicity campaign promoting the use of the country’s InAWARE system for early warning and multi-hazard monitoring. Designed to reach disaster management personnel employed by BNPB and their subnational disaster management counterpart, BPBD, the campaign is aimed at increasing awareness and use of InAWARE within all 34 provinces that govern more than 14,000 islands and protect over 300 million people.

“Indonesia has taken yet another major step towards institutionalizing InAWARE within BNPB and BPBD offices, a step that is sure to lead to greater awareness and use of this valuable resource and ultimately to a safer Indonesia,” said PDC’s Deputy Executive Director Chris Chiesa. The custom software system InAWARE, powered by PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform, was first deployed in partnership with the Government of Indonesia under funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in 2014.

Since that time, the partnership project has entered its second phase of capacity enhancements which includes: increasing operational use and awareness of InAWARE in additional provinces, development of technical capacities through partnership with the nation’s Gadjah Mada University, crowd-sourcing information and data, and developing national operating procedures for use of InAWARE by decision makers.  

USAID OFDA Regional Advisor Harlan Hale expressed strong support for the awareness campaign and commended PDC and BNPB for breaking new ground in what is possible through an international partnership. PDC and BNPB agree with Hale, stating that the nation will have a stronger awareness and understanding of the powerful capabilities of InAWARE and the critical role information and technology play in effective disaster management.

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Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.