Our team had the experience of coordinating the initial operation centre during the first hours after the Oct 12th 2002 Bali bombing.
At that time we developed a crises centre staffed by ten volunteers.
We arranged the initial air evacuations and co-coordinated all incoming information from 400 volunteers in the hospitals.
We placed incoming medical volunteers and developed accurate data computer charts of the unfolding drama.
We received over one thousand incoming calls in the first 24 hours. During the ensuing days and weeks we were active on many fronts assisting the victims and developing long and short term strategies which were successfully implemented.
Second Bali Bombing
After the second Bali bombing on October 1st 2005, we were ideally placed to offer aid and assistance over a broad range of areas related to the needs of victims and their families.
We were at the centre of the actual events of Saturday October 1st 2005, Several members of MUM are also part of the Bali Emergency Response team. This team was able to place a team member at each of the Bomb sites within 15 minutes of the explosions.
We were the first non Indonesian responders and informed the British and Australian Embassies who were not aware of the explosions at that time.
During the first hours after the explosions we collated initial damage and injury reports from team members in the Hospitals and were able to navigate the communication breakdown that affected the entire area of Southern Bali for some hours.
We compiled ongoing casualty reports and passed this information directly to the Australian and British authorities.
Once communications were re-established we shifted our focus to assisting in developing evacuation strategies for the seriously injured with the Australian consul generals office.
Development of programs
Due to our initial and ongoing involvement in this latest tragedy we worked with incoming counselors for the victims.
We were ideally placed to provide effective aid and relevant solutions to counter the short and long term effects of this second tragedy as many of us were active in the first bombing.
We were invited to join a think tank with representatives of local government and other relevant and active members of society to develop and initiate programs to counter the effect of this second disaster.