This Disaster Management Reference Handbook offers a baseline for understanding factors that influence disaster management in the Indonesia. It also provides an operational understanding of both the country’s disaster management capability and information on demographics, hazards, infrastructure, laws and guidelines, risks and vulnerabilities, and other areas vital to a comprehensive disaster management knowledge base. It is hoped that this book provides useful information for civilian and military actors who may support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Indonesia to help prevent loss of life and reduce suffering.
The handbook indicates, that since the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Indonesia has expanded its disaster management capabilities, boosted its relevance in the climate change crisis, and built its portfolio as a strategic partner for the U.S. in pursuing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. As climate change has become widely acknowledged as a pressing global issue, disaster management professionals in Asia and the Pacific have increasingly pointed out the heavy overlap between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Indonesia is expected to further boost its disaster management capacities in the face of increasing hazards.