The Jakarta Post has reported that Bali’s provincial government has committed to allocate Rp. 30 billion (US$3.27 million) for disaster mitigation work in 2012.
The amount is a 33% increase from the Rp. 20 billion appropriated in 2011 for the purpose of coping with natural disasters.
Under the administration of governor Made Mangku Pastika, Bali is placing great emphasis on emergency preparedness through the establishment of a provincial crisis center in Denpasar from which to monitor developments and coordinate responses when disasters occur.
That center is only 500 meters away from the governor’s office and is housed in an earthquake-proof building and equipped with sophisticated monitoring and communication systems, including CCTV cameras installed in various locations across the island.
I Putu Anom, who is allowed to disburse funds from the disaster budget whenever the governor formally declares a natural emergency, heads the Bali Crisis Center.
The Bali Crisis Center reflects a growing awareness of the island’s vulnerability to natural disaster brought on by earthquakes, climate change, inclement weather and flooding.
The center officially counted 224 disaster incidents in 2011.
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