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THE PHILIPPINES ADOPTS INDONESIA’S OPEN SOURCE DISASTER MITIGATION TOOL
By Clarice Africa | 27 May 2013 | Views: 1196
The Department of Science and Technology revealed plans to adopt InaSAFE, a disaster mitigation technology from Indonesia, to its Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazard (NOAH) project in a bid to improve disaster planning and preparedness in the country.
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InaSAFE, or Indonesia Scenario Assessment for Emergency, is an open source software that produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios to help decision makers in their disaster planning, preparedness and response activities.
It combines data from various authoritative sources to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events. The software is focused on examining, in detail; the impacts by a single hazard would have on specific sectors. It gives users a heightened situational awareness of the areas affected and those that are likely to be affected, how many people will need to be evacuated and what roads will be closed among others.
According to an official statement, NOAH will adopt Indonesia’s InaSAFE because it has a lot in common with the Philippines, especially in topography and natural hazards.
Abigail Baca, disaster and risk management officer of the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region said that InaSAFE proved effective during the recent floods in Jakarta, Indonesia and it can be applied in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Dr. Alfredo Francisco Mahar Lagmay of Project NOAH disclosed that InaSAFE will be integrated into Project NOAH to supplement existing technologies used to mitigate, if not totally prevent, massive destruction caused by strong typhoons similar to tropical storm Washi in 2011 and Bopha in December 2012.
“It is important to develop information tools that will help centralise risk information at theNOAH website and make them available to a wider community,” he said.
InaSAFE is available free of charge. Interested parties can get the code from GitHub.