An updated version of the Free and Open Source Software InaSAFE 2.0 was developed and released by Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and the Australian Government along with the contribution of the World Bank-GFDRR.

InaSAFE 2.0 works as a plugin for QGIS and the new version includes the ability to work with road data, e.g., downloading roads maps directly from OpenStreetMap (OSM). According to Dr Syamsul Maarif, the Head of Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency, the software enables production of realistic natural hazard impact scenarios, by incorporating a range of natural hazard information, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami or flood; and exposure data, such as the spatial distribution of population, roads or critical infrastructure.

Assesing buildings that might flood with Flood Building Impact Function in InaSAFE 2.0 on QGIS 2.0 (image credits inasafe.org )

Assesing buildings that might flood with Flood Building Impact Function in InaSAFE 2.0 on QGIS 2.0 (screenshot by inasafe.org )

As in any new project, the software currently has a number of limitations and issues that need to be tackled and users also have to deal with the lack of appropriate datasets. On the other hand, InaSAFE 2.0, with functions like Flood Evacuation, Earthquake Building Impact etc. that can be used to improve human preparedness and contribute in efficient planning of emergency drills and designing of possible evacuation and emergency response routes for natural hazard impact scenarios, can certainly be an internationally significant, simple but rigorous tool for disaster management.