James Fleming is the Division Director for Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
In this next Pounds of Prevention installment, we travel to Indonesia to look at how the country’s disaster management readiness has evolved in recent years. Against the backdrop of a powerful earthquake and aftershock recently occurring off the coast, we learn how the Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system is activated and what transpires. Meanwhile, we also learn about the importance of community-based education campaigns and the development of professional first responder groups. USAID has been a partner in these efforts for many years and is encouraged by all of the good work being done to prepare for the next big event.
Read the full story in Pounds of Prevention: Indonesia.