Yayasan Peta Bencana Collaborates with Universities in Semarang

quote open    Sharing disaster information through PetaBencana.id will not only support disaster managers and first responders, but will support response and strengthen resilience at the level of individuals and communities. quote close

To continue to build a growing network of information sharing and strengthen community resilience in Semarang, Yayasan Peta Bencana is conducting workshops and outreach events with a range of communities active in the disaster management ecosystem, in preparation for the upcoming monsoon season.

As part of this initiative, Yayasan Peta Bencana has been collaborating with universities in Semarang to engage university students through training workshops about how to accurately and effectively share disaster information.

On July 25th, 2018, Yayasan Peta Bencana held a workshop with Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES) (State University of Semarang) in the Faculty of Social Science. By collaborating with the faculty’s weekly “Research Sharing” event, the workshop not only socialized the platform but was able to stimulate further discussion regarding disaster management ecosystems. This provided valuable feedback, and also further stimulated student and academic interest in building resilient communities.

Yayasan Peta Bencana also held a workshop with Universitas Negeri Diponegoro (UNDIP) at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Following a hands-on training session, participants expressed enthusiasm in seeing how sharing disaster information could support response and strengthen resilience from the level of individuals and communities, in addition to supporting disaster managers and first responders. 

Students and lecturers expressed their interest in the platform and its further use, especially in the possibilities of using the data for flood relief and further research on modelling and monitoring flood events in Semarang. This enthusiasm encouraged participants to share the use of crowd-sourced reporting with their own networks.