Center for Research on Disaster Mitigation (CRDM), formerly Center for Disaster Mitigation (CDM), which is under framework of Institute for Research and Community Services (LPPM ITB) was formally established in 2005. The embryo of CRDM is RGDM (Research Group on Disaster Management) which was established in the year of 2003. The activities of CRDM was actually already started from 1998 where the existing personnel/expert in CRDM involved in activities related to disaster mitigation, management and has conducted several projects such as IUDMP, RADIUS and so forth.
We consider that CRDM has becoming center of activities towards disaster mitigation in accordance with its mission that has been demonstrated by some of the current projects and research. CRDM activities combine some of the inter-disciplinary sciences, expertise and knowledge within ITB in geology, seismology, meteorology, geophysics, oceanography, geotechnical/structural earthquake engineering, urban planning and disaster management. CRDM would like to become center of excellent in Indonesia with the future research activities so that the scientific knowledge related to disaster mitigation could be applied and disseminated to the communities. The activities of CRDM in disaster mitigation consist of component based program such as Hazard Identification and Mapping, Vulnerability of elements at risk, Disaster Risk Assessment, Community Awareness/Community Education, Disaster Mitigation Policy, Trainings, Structural and Non Structural Mitigation, Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Gender Issue in Disaster Mitigation and so forth.
From the establishment until now, CRDM has achieved several outcomes. CRDM has collaborated with some institutions, resulted in scientific publications in journals and conference/seminar proceedings. Through CRDM efforts for the last 1-2 years of the team members, many national and international institutions/organizations and government agencies have provided funding for various program activities in disaster mitigation and risk reduction. The program activities vary from very scientific, applied technology, trainings, public education to community-based risk reduction.
In other perspective, CRDM has enriching and increasing disaster knowledge, awareness and preparedness of community target. Although in small scale, CRDM output and products are achievement for CRDM and support in increasing credibility of CRDM and obtaining trust from various institutions in both national and international level. These achievements would be expected to make CRDM sustain and obtain more supports from ITB and various national and international institutions/organizations.