Last week, on 16 to 18 October 2015, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia jointly with Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) had the opportunity to participate in the commemoration of Disaster Risk Reduction Month which was held in Fort Vastenberg, Solo, Central Java.
Commemoration of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Month was held by BNPB (National Disaster Management Agency). It was held annualy since 2011, to promote the culture of disaster risk reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. This year DRR Month held in Solo with the theme “Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development”. The series of activities are, among others DRR Exhibition, Puppet Show, Tough Award, Special Working Session, PRB Competition, Ignite Stage, Table Top Exercise (TTX), and the Community-Based DRR Conference. The activities carried out in different places located in Solo.
The aim of the exhibition and ignite stage performed by DMI – HOT is to promote the application InaSAFE and OpenStreetMap. This application have been used for disaster management in Indonesia, which consists of planning, preparedness, and emergency response. Exhibition was attended by ministries/agencies, government, organization of regional/national/international, DRR forum, universities and practitioners in disaster as BPBD Province/City/District, World Bank, JICA, Red Cross, Save the Children, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), Plan International Indonesia, BMKG, Kodim, PVMBG, BPPT Institutions – Artificial Rain Unit, University of 11th of March, University of Muhammadiyah Surakarta, etc.
The exhibition begins on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 10:30 am and booths has been opened even though this has not been inaugurated yet. The opening ceremony was done by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Thahjo Kumolo at Sunan Solo Hotel, while for the opening of DRR Exhibition was inaugurated by the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo at 16.00 pm in the Fort Vastenberg. The exhibition is open for public, the visitors came from various backgrounds such as the general public, academics, government officials, and organizations.
The visitors were very enthusiastic when visiting the booth DMI-HOT, they are interested in seeing the contents of the booth and ask the things that they have not know about InaSAFE and OpenStreetMap. This is because InaSAFE and OpenStreetMap is a new innovation for disaster management, so that they can estimate the affected areas, buildings affected, the population needs to be evacuated and minimum requirements as a material planning, preparedness and emergency response.
Booth DMI-HOT provides information about InaSAFE and OpenStreetMap like history InaSAFE, projects InaSAFE, map users InaSAFE, the introduction of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia, infographics OpenStreetMap, documentation of training activities OSM, QGIS and InaSAFE, sample module OSM, QGIS and InaSAFE, and video on InaSAFE and OSM. For the visitors who tried to run the project InaSAFE received a CD, while the visitors who were just visiting obtained either a sticker or keychain.
In addition, other activities that followed was ignite stage on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 19:30 pm by Fredy Chandra to introduce the new features InaSAFE such as custom minimum needs and run InaSAFE with InaSAFE impact funtion centric wizard. This session really caught the attention of visitors, they appear to pay attention and engage in discussion. When the ignite stage session ends, there are some visitors who came to the booth to ask more about InaSAFE and they are interested to use it.
Exhibition accomplished smoothly and successfully. The visitors were very enthusiastic to learn about disaster risk reduction and disaster management of each booth. Some visitors from BPBD, academia, and the NGO are interested to hold the training OSM, QGIS, and InaSAFE also apply InaSAFE in their district.