10th Course on Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response

Organizer(s) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center


Disasters, natural or human-generated, foreseen or without warning, with intensive or extensive risks, affect people and result to varying health effects and consequences. Survival rates o f victims depend on array of factors especially the surge capacity of hospitals and health care facilities to manage the expanded demand of mass casualties for services and resources, as they manage the emergency incident. Cognizant of the need of hospitals to be prepared to ensure continuous operations during and even after a disaster strikes, and in times their services are needed most, a group of experts in the field of health emergency management in Asia have been working with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) to develop and implement Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response (HEPR) courses over the years.

Course goal:

The HEPR Course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of administrative and medical personnel to prepare health care facilities to respond effectively, to ensure continuous operations during or even after disasters, and to recover for better from the impacts of disasters.

Course objectives and outcomes

The course will enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to equip themselves on emergency planning (for the whole cycle of emergency management for all-hazard concept); reviewing and enhancing their current surge capacity to manage mass casualty-related emergencies; the concepts of hospital emergency management; and on applying knowledge gained on testing and updating emergency management plans and systems.

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles of health care facilities in disaster management
  2. Apply tools and processes in preparing for, responding to, and recovering for better from the impacts of emergencies or disasters
  3. Discuss the basic requirements of managing the risks and mass casualty incidents with continuous hospital operations
  4. Manage a mass casualty incident exercise (preparation, conduct, evaluation)
  5. Apply Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS) in a simulated exercise
  6. Apply on-site medical care concepts to specific emergency situations
  7. Prepare an outline of health care facility disaster preparedness, response, recovery and business continuity plans.

Course methodology:

The HEPR course is delivered using adult learning techniques with emphasis on interactive lecture discussions, group exercises, workshops, plenary sessions, group brain storming, sharing of experiences and lessons learned, scenario-based group exercises and simulation exercise or drill.

Target participants:

The course is intended for health care facility staff, managers and administrators, who are responsible for hospital emergency planning, or any emergencies involving mass casualties that require the major resources of a hospital.

Resource persons:

Resource persons are experienced medical doctors, hospital administrators, professors and other allied medical professionals actively involved in the field of emergency management. They come from reputable institutions in Asia, both from the government and private sector. Their line of specialization ranges from Trauma Care of Disaster Victims, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine, Hospital Management and Structural Safety.

Course content:

  1. Course Overview
  2. Changing Hazards and Disaster Risk Management
  3. Establishing a “Hospital Safe from Disaster”
  4. Hospital Surge Capacity Development
  5. Hospital Workforce Capacity Development
  6. Managing Mass Casualty Incidents
  7. Managing the risks of Mass Casualty
  8. Managing Pandemics in a hospital setting
  9. Hospital Emergency Management Systems
  10. Risk Communication and Handling affected families
  11. Hospital Security in Crisis
  12. Hospital Recovery and Building Resilient Hospital
  13. Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning
  14. Simulation Drill

New topics:

  • Hospital Surge Capacity Development
  • Hospital Business Continuity Plan Development
  • Building Resilient Hospital to Emergencies
  • Establishing a “Hospital Safe from Disasters”

Best practices:

  • Hospital Security in Crisis
  • Managing Pandemic in a Hospital Setting
  • “Hospital Safe from Disasters”


The course is currently offered in English only. Extensive reading and participatory learning methods are used. Participants will receive pre-reading materials before arriving at the course site. An interactive simulation exercise on the last day gives participants an opportunity to use the skills and knowledge learned during the course. Participants should be fluent in reading and speaking English.

Course fees:

Course Package A: US$1,575 without accommodation

Course Package B: US$1,995 with accommodation and breakfast (highly recommended!)


Interested persons can apply directly but preferably be nominated by their employer organization. It is best to apply electronically.

Please email your application form and copy of your CV Once accepted, applicants will receive detailed registration information and procedures for payment. Please apply at least one month prior to the date of the course.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place. Cancellation ofattendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, a full refund less than 15% of course fee for banking charges and administrative costs will be made. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.

Contact information for inquiries and application:

Janette Lauza-Ugsang

Senior Project Manager


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