Course objectives

We will introduce you to InaSAFE ( - an extension for QGIS that allows disaster managers to do better planning for disasters. In this course we explain the conceptual domain - what InaSAFE does (and does not do), why it is important to use a tool such as InaSAFE, what kinds of hazards InaSAFE can be used with and so on. We then delve into the practical side of using InaSAFE.

On completion of the course participants should have acquired the following skills related to using InaSAFE:

  • General
    • Understand the conceptual space in which InaSAFE can be used

    • Understand the concept of hazard data

    • Understand the concept of exposure data

    • Understand the concept of aggregation data

    • Understand the concept of an impact layer

    • Understand the concept of an impact summary

  • Data preparation
    • Be able to import a hazard layer and assign it appropriate keywords

    • Be able to import an exposure layer and assign it appropriate keywords

    • Be able to import an aggregation layer and assign it appropriate keywords

  • Analysis – Run Basic InaSAFE
    • Be able to run a flood analysis using InaSAFE - on buildings

    • Be able to run a flood analysis using InaSAFE - on population

    • Be able to generate a PDF map from the results of an analysis

  • Analysis – Run Intermediate InaSAFE
    • Be able to define keywords using the InaSAFE keywords wizard

    • Be able to run InaSAFE with aggregation data

    • Be able to use the OSM downloader

    • Be able to set the analysis area using the InaSAFE analysis area tool

  • Analysis – Run Other Hazards
    • Be able to run InaSAFE with other hazards, such as Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano

    • Be able to read metadata and assign keywords to hazard data

    • Be able to use the InaSAFE dock and the InaSAFE Impact Function Centric Wizard

    • Be able to use the Generic Impact Function and understand how to use it to work with their own data

  • Practical application
    • Be able to explain the purpose of InaSAFE

    • Be able to interpret InaSAFE analysis results and use them in disaster management

Target audience

  • Persons responsible for developing disaster management plans

  • Lecturers and students from relevant departments such as Geography, Geodesy, Geomatics, Information Technology and other earth-related sciences

  • Representatives from NGOs working in disaster risk reduction

  • Other relevant organisations and agencies


  • Able to operate a computer (word processors, presentations, internet, spreadsheets).

  • Basic skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an advantage.

  • Laptop with:

    • Minimum RAM of 2 GB (recommended 4 GB)

    • WIFI - connected to the internet

    • Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10), Linux (Training Ubuntu later than 12.04) or similar (e.g. Mint or Debian), Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7).

    • QGIS long term release installed or the ability to install software on computer (i.e. have administration password)


InaSAFE was originally developed by the Australian Government in partnership with The National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) Indonesia, and the World Bank-(GFDRR).

This InaSAFE Socialisation Training Manual was developed by Kartoza in collaboration with the Australian Government and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

Manual based on:

  • Version 4.3.x of InaSAFE

  • Version 2.18.x of QGIS


August 2013 (original) September 2014 (update) September 2015 (major revision) June 2016 (update) August 2016 (update) April 2017 (update) Maret 2018 (update)

More information:

General information on InaSAFE appears online at the InaSAFE website:




Cyber 2 Tower 17th floor, suite M57-58 Jl. HR. Rasuna Said, Blok X-5, Kav. 13 Jakarta 12950 Indonesia

Phone. 021- 5799 8239 Ext.439

Resources obtained by:

Linfiniti Sphinx Theme

Manual licensed under:

Creative Commons by Attribution by Kartoza/BNPB/Australian Government/World Bank-GFDRR.


Tim Sutton, Lead Developer - Kartoza

Charlotte Morgan, Spatial Data Analyst - Geoscience Australia

Adityo Dwijananto, Harry Mahardika, Wulansari Khairunisa, Tri Selasa, Adhitya Dido, Sheila Amalia, Fatisya Ilani - Humanitarian OpenStreetmap Team Indonesia