27 Jul

InaSafe – a GIS Tool to Better Plan, Prepare and Respond to Disasters


The disaster risk reduction and recovery GIS tool is designed to help prepare countries against impacts of floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis enables governments, civil society organizations, and other entities to make evacuation plans and other disaster preparations; ultimately protecting communities and building a safer world.

How does it work?

InaSAFE is free and open source software that provides professionals and public with a simple tool for rigorous, evidence based disaster planning.

It provides an easy way to combine data from scientists, local governments and communities to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events.

With realistic natural hazard impact scenarios people and organizations are able to better plan, prepare and respond to disaster activity! For example, the tool can estimate the number of schools and students that would be affected by a tsunami in Maumere, Indonesia, if it happened during school hours.

The uniqueness of InaSAFE, now being used by countries all around the globe, is that it is able to determine detailed sectoral impacts from disasters, a tool that ultimately may help save many lives from future disasters.

Wired Magazine a leading international magazine on technology and innovation, announced that a GFDRR-supported project, InaSAFE, was awarded one of the top 10 “open-source rookies of the year”.

Written by Sophie Collings, 7/27/15.

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