Building Model Disaster Resilient City in Indonesia: Tsunami Hazard

Project Durations and Locations

The project duration is  : 28 months, at the following Locations

Project Description

Indonesia is one of the most prone countries to natural disasters in the South East Asia. A country with more than 220 million people living across the archipelago where many vulnerable people reside in areas with different hazards. Earthquake, volcano eruption, tsunami, flood, landslides and flood are among the continuous threats that the people have to cope with. This project focussed on the case of earthquake and tsunami hazards. Based on a joint rapid assessment that was conducted for the West Sumatra 2010 earthquake and tsunami it has been identified that there are still serious weaknesses in the tsunami emergency response, among others:

  • Weak capacity of Local Disaster Management Offices (BPBDs) was one of the main reasons for the bottle neck of the tsunami early warning chain.
  • People are still mostly confused what to do and not to do. The community reactions in the two events caused traffic jams; hesitation to immediately evacuate.

Project Objectives

This project aimed to address the need to strengthen capacity of local government agencies in their incorporation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures in the development planning phase, with a focus on earthquake and tsunami hazards. Specifically, the objectives for this project are:

  1. build capacity in local universities, Local Disaster Management Agencies (BPBDs), and local development agencies for the risk assessment of tsunamis;
  2. build capacity in local policy and regulatory framework (SOP) with a focus on tsunami early warning and response;
  3. build capacity of schools and the community in relation to DRR;
  4. develop and disseminate widely the lessons learned, as well as awareness, preparedness and educational results to other region in Indonesia

Project Timelines

  • 31 January 2014 : Inception workshop
  • 16-20 June 2014: Tsunami risk assessment training
  • 15 October 2015 – 2 March 2015 : Mentoring & technical assistance from experts
  • 18-19 March 2015 :Lessons on integrating evidence of risk assessments into policy
  • 21 August 2014 – 6 November 2014 : Training exercises and drills on earthquake and tsunami preparedness in schools
  • 3-6 November 2015 : Training teachers, lecturers and students on the VISUS methodology
  • 9-18 November 2015 : Field survey of schools using the VISUS methodology
  • 30 September 2014 :Design workshop of SOP development
  • 4-5 October 2014 : Training exercises on tsunami early warning systems
  • 12 February 2015 (Pandeglang); 9-12 February 2016 (Ambon) : Standard operating procedure (SOP) formulation workshop
  • 14 April 2016 (Ambon) : Practice drills testing the newly formulated SOPs