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Indonesia Disaster Preparedness Assessment

After the tsunami that struck on the morning of December 26, 2004 and the large earthquake that struck near the Indonesian island of Nias on March 28, 2005 , the Government of Indonesia requested USG assistance in reviewing the national disaster response and management system and providing recommendations for improving Indonesia ’s capacity to respond to future disasters. In response to this request, OFDA deployed a Disaster Management Advisory Team to Indonesia in June, 2005. DASP detailers Bob Becker (Forest Service, International Programs), and Tom Frey (BLM/NIFC) were key members of the OFDA-led team. The team recognized the need for a sustained high-level commitment to improve the nation’s disaster management and response system, and suggested the designation of a “champion” within the government to maintain this effort. The team recommended the development of a comprehensive all-hazards approach to disaster management and response and emphasized the need for adequate, permanent funding resources. The DASP has continued to track next steps with OFDA’s Regional Team for Asia throughout the year.

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