Indonesia: Mobile app for post-disaster needs assessment


Data processing time dropped from six weeks to four weeks and a half
Enabled the government to respond more quickly and minimize the margin of error from paper-based data collection at the wake of natural disasters


 Houses damaged and destroyed in extensive disasters in Indonesia, 1970-2009, Source: GAR 2011

Indonesia is considered as one of the most disaster prone countries in the world due to its position on the seismic plates. There were 84 flood and land slide, 51 tidal wave, 20 earthquake, 13 volcano eruption, 1,015 storm surge, 753 landslide and two tsunami incidents recorded in the country from 2013 until 2014.

Tools are not available to collect information post disasters that allows immediate analysis. Paper-based data collections at the wake of natural disasters have been the common practice for the volunteering enumerators, which has loop-holes like a major margin of error, delay period from data collection to analysis. 


Screenshots of the Mobile App



Drawing from the enabling environment where the majority of the communities in Indonesia have access to mobile phones, a data collection mobile application is developed. 

The app works on Android mobile operating system, which is commonly used throughout the country. It can be easily downloaded by the volunteers of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), subject to granted access from BNPB. The app is also linked directly to the BNPB data server to enable quick extraction for automatic data analysis. 

This application has been tested numerous times, using various scenarios of disasters. Enumerators can now seamlessly enter real-time data straight from the disaster-hit areas with the app. Those data will be sent to data analysts and to those who are in charge of taking immediate action to help out the victims. It will also help ensure a well-targeted and speedy response to future disasters in Indonesia, which in turn, will save lives and money.


Page last updated: May 12, 2015