Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management

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The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (Indonesian: Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana; BNPB)was established in 2008 to replace the National Disaster Management Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana or Bakornas PB) that was established in 1979 to replace the Advisory Board for Natural Disaster, which was established in 1966. BNPB is directly responsible to the president and the chairman is directly appointed by the president.

Duties and functions[edit]


  • Provide guidance and direction on disaster management effort that includes disaster prevention, emergency response, rehabilitation, and reconstruction in a fair and equitable
  • Assigning the standardization and implementation of disaster management needs based on laws and regulations
  • Delivering information to community disaster management activities
  • Disaster management reporting to the President once a month in normal conditions and at all times in a state of emergency
  • Use and account for donations / support national and international
  • Account for the use of funds received from the State Budget
  • Carry out other obligations in accordance with laws and regulations
  • Develop guidelines for the establishment of the Regional Disaster Management Agency[1]


Formulation and establishment of disaster management policies and handling of refugees to act quickly and appropriately and effectively and efficiently; and Coordinating implementation of disaster management activities in a planned, integrated, and comprehensive.[1]

Amongst other things, the Board issues regular information about the status of alerts for selected Indonesian volcanoes; in issuing these information bulletins, the Board draws on the advice of the Centre for Volcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation (often known as PVMBG from the Indonesian name for the Centre, Pusat Vulkanology dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi). These bulletins are intended to warn local residents of likely threats and also help in planning for emergency response activities, the alerts are also useful for visitors who may be planning trips to these sites. As of September 2011, five volcanoes were included on the Level III "Alert" (Indonesian: Siaga) list and 12 were on the Level II "Vigilant" (Indonesian: Waspada) list[2] The list of volcanoes for which warnings were outstanding as at September 2011 included the following:

Level III: Alert status

Level II: Vigilant status

The well-known tourist site of Mount Bromo remained under review having been placed on the lower Level II "Vigilant" list as of 13 June 2011. Late in 2010 the Mt Bromo region had been placed on the highest Level IV "Warning" (Indonesian: Awas) but was later downgraded to Level III.[3]

A useful National Disaster Plan for Indonesia 2010-2014 is available at the BNPB website.

The Board has noted that financial support for disaster responses in Indonesia remains relatively limited. A spokesperson for the board observed that a sum of only Rp 4 trillion (around $US 470 million) had been allocated to support disaster relief in Indonesia during 2011.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b c "National Disaster Management Authority". 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ The list may be consulted at the Indonesian-language website of the National Board for Disaster Mitigation.
  3. ^ Dessy Sagita, 'Residents on High Alert as Mt. Bromo Rumbles', The Jakarta Globe, 22 December 2010.
  4. ^ 'RI needs 'more' disaster funds', The Jakarta Post, 23 July 2011

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