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Cycle 3 (2014 Deadline)

Integrated local emergency response policy improvement and capacity building for advance-early warning system in the face of near-field tsunami risk

PI:  Harkunti Pertiwi Rahayu (, Institut Teknologi Bandung
U.S. Partner: Louise K. Comfort, University of Pittsburgh
Project Dates: September 2014 to May 2018

Critical Countdown: Using Local Data to improve Tsunami Warnings

This research project will focus on utilization and integration of a logic model and new public management and network to improve the near-shore tsunami early warning system and enhance local emergency response policy. The use of the logic model and new public management in this research project will provide tools for assessing and mapping the cognitive behavior of people during tsunami evacuations, which will help improve tsunami emergency response policy. While utilization of network theory in this research will provide real-time assessment, further research is needed regarding the performance of an early warning system and its subsequent emergency response to a disaster. Such real-time monitoring can be used to improve the performance of evacuation, as well as provide support to disaster victims. The research team will investigate how multiple parties and organizations with a disaster response-related mandate are able to coordinate and cooperate with each other effectively. Utilization of Social Network Analysis (SNA) in this research project will advance the scientific understanding of emergency response operations and evacuation.

The results of this research project are expected to influence and enhance emergency response policy in the study area and can be useful for development of the disaster management sector in Indonesia. The outcomes of this research project are expected to improve the capacity of government officials, non-governmental organizations, and local communities to prepare for and respond to disasters, especially in terms of emergency operation and response, through a combination of technocratic and participatory approaches. Findings and lessons learned from this research can also be transmitted to both the U.S. and global context and can also serve as a model on how to develop an integrated early disaster warning and emergency response.

Summary of Recent Activities
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Harkunti P. Rahayu (PI of ITB PEER Research) presented results of PEER research at the May 2017 4th Annual Meeting of Indonesian Association of Disaster Expert - Indonesia (photo courtesy of Dr. Rahayu).
During the period April to June 2017, the activity focused on preparing for the PEER Regional Workshop planned for 21-23 August 2017. Several preparatory tasks were done, including venue selection, speaker and participant invitations to U.S. and Indonesian partners, and determining the theme, format, and goals of the workshop. The theme of the workshop will be “Science and Technology Contribution in Policy Improvement and Capacity Building for Advance-Early Warning System against Near-Field Tsunami Risk”, and goals of the workshop include knowledge-sharing from the local to regional and from regional to local on the issue of people-centered tsunami early warning system and emergency response, knowledge development on end-to-end and effective tsunami early warning system and emergency response, and knowledge-sharing on building resilience of coastal communities from regional perspectives. The workshop will be followed by a one-day field trip to visit several successful works on tsunami preparedness, i.e. EOC of Bali Province DMO and Tsunami Ready Hotel. As a forum to share knowledge and experiences across local and regional levels on the tsunami disaster issue, from both the perspectives of scientists and government officers, good practices and lessons learned of the PEER research implementation will be disseminated and become models for replication in other cities and regencies in Indonesia. A special volume of the publication “International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment” will be prepared from papers presented at the workshop, in coordination with GDRC, University of Huddersfield.

In addition, the ITB PEER team has been awarded an additional grant for supplemental activity in order to enhance and increase the policy impact of Research Integrated Local Emergency Response Policy Improvement and Capacity Building for Advance-Early Warning System in the face of Near-Field Tsunami Risk. The objective for this supplemental activity is to document the lessons learned and development process behind the achievement of PEER Research especially on the improvement of Tsunami Early Warning System and Emergency Response SOP in Padang City in the format of user friendly multimedia, i.e. technical guideline and video.

Recently, Dr. Rahayu has presented the results of PEER research in several meetings, seminars, and workshops at both the national and international level, such as the International Symposium Scientific Knowledge Based Decision Making Scheme for Disaster Risk Reduction at Nepal Kathmandu, the TC21 Meeting on Trans Disciplinary Approach for Building Societal Resilience to Disaster, and the 11th Session of The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS-XI) and 4th Annual Meeting of Indonesian Disaster Expert Association (IABI). Dr. Rahayu was re-elected as a chair of Working Group 1, The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) for the period of 2017-2019, and was elected as a chair of Indonesian Disaster Expert Association (Ikatan Ahli Kebencanaan Indonesia) for the period of 2017-2020.


Link to news article on the PEER team's field work in West Sumatra in August 2015
 (in Bahasa Indonesia)

Link to news article about the team's participation in IOWave'16 and preparatory activities in September 2016 (in English) 

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