Are We in the Right Path in Using Early Warning Systems?


CNDS fellow Anna Rutgersson together with her collegues Venugopal Thandlam and Hasibur Rahaman look into the recent tsunami in Indonesia and the factors leading to the mass casualties. They also examine the failure of the early warning systems, methods, and technologies in an attempt to improve future early warning systems designed to mitigate the loss of lives and property against impending disasters. This paper is timely as Indonesia has seen one of the worst tsunamis in recent years and such disasters are continuous threats for the communities. Hence, the authors stress the importance of improving and strengthening the existing early warning systems.