Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT OSM) in cooperation with Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR) hosted an alumni training in Scenario Development for Contingency Planning (SD4CP) using an open software InaSAFE 2.0 which was officially launched yesterday, on Monday, April 7.
This training run in parallel with the launching of InaSAFE 2.0. in InaDRTG (Indonesia Disaster Relief Training Ground) site, which was established with a specific purpose as an all-inclusive headquarter with facilities for monitoring, oversight, and training in disaster preparedness and response. The InaSAFE 2.0 was officially launched by the pressing of a red button by Dr. Syamsul Maarif as the Head of BNPB, Jean-Bernard Carrasco as the Minister-Counsellor for Development Cooperation in Indonesia, and Iwan Gunawan as a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist in Indonesia from World Bank.
The two-days training, which is still running until this post is published, was attended by 18 participants from Indonesia’s 6 priority provinces in using OSM, which are West Sumatera, West Java, East Java, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, and Papua. The participants were also well-diverse, comprising university students and teaching staffs, local government officials from district level of BPBD, and even from Indonesia Red Cross and Scot group, as well as from other institutions. These participants have undergone previous training in using OSM–hence called alumni training–which enable the training to focus more in giving updates to participants about the most recent development of InaSAFE, especially with the new features found in InaSAFE 2.0.
The training was started with opening remarks by dr. Bagus from BNPB and Jon Burrough from AIFDR, and was administered by a number of trainers with profound expertise in their field, including Charlotte from AIFDR/Geoscience Australia, Akbar Gumbira as one of the Indonesian developers of InaSAFE, as well as Yantisa Akhadi, Emir Hartato, Harry Mahardhika, and Dewi Sulistioningrum as trainers from HOT OSM.
As quoted from AIFDR news release this morning, “It (Red: InaSAFE) 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”, ” 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.”
These statements are in line with what Agus Wibowo, Head of Data Centre of BNPB, is trying to convey as a keynote speaker in the opening of the session, “InaSAFE is expected to be a tool that can be used by anyone to quickly produce scenario for contingency planning.”
The training also featured case tests using InaSAFE in different types of scenario, such as Jakarta flood, volcano eruption, and in different other disaster cases usually happen in the hometown areas of the participants. Feedback from participants were also being circulated among each other to better direct the development of InaSAFE in the future. It is expected that through the training that the knowledge about using InaSAFE as a tool for an effective decision making in regards to disaster preparedness will be well-received and applicable among the disaster managers.