44th regional training course on disaster management

Organizer(s) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel

Course overview

The Asia Pacific region faces human tragedy and heavy economic losses from disasters, whose frequency and intensity have escalated in recent years. The Asian and Japanese Tohoku region tsunamis; recent earthquakes of Kashmir, China and Christchurch; cyclone Nargis; Pakistan and Thailand floods, as well as Afghanistan blizzards highlight the level of devastation that disasters can bring to the region.

The Regional Training Course on Disaster Risk Management (DMC) aims to provide necessary and useful fundamental knowledge and skills of disaster risk management in order to enhance the capabilities of disaster managers who wish to reduce the impact of disastrous events on communities. The subjects covered in the DMC cut across multi-hazard, multi-level, multi-agency, and multi-disciplinary facets, and address both event-related activities as well as those activities that need to be undertaken on a day-to-day basis prior to the occurrence of disaster events. Participants will be encouraged to develop key skills and adopt proactive attitudes through participation in interactive lectures allowing discourse on a range of key issues.

Course objectives

By completing the course, participants should gain a sound grasp of disaster risk management processes and be able to apply this knowledge to:

  1. Discuss basic concepts, terminology and models of disaster risk management
  2. Identify and assess disaster risks using a risk management approach
  3. Plan and develop effective strategies and systems for disaster risk reduction
  4. Develop effective processes for preparedness planning in order to improve disaster response and recovery programs
  5. Effectively and efficiently set up and utilize an emergency coordination center to manage disaster events
  6. Set up an Incident Command System to a given scenario
  7. Discuss disaster recovery frameworks and policies appropriate to the country
  8. Address and assess key implementation issues and requirements in disaster management

Course contents

Conducted over a period of three weeks, the course is divided into eight modules following the flow of the disaster risk management process:

MODULE 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Management

  • Global disaster risk situation
  • Basic concepts and terminologies used in disaster risk management
  • Overview of disaster risk management

MODULE 2: Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment

  • Introduction to disaster risk management processes
  • Introduction to hazards, vulnerability, and capacity
  • Hazard, vulnerability, capacity and risk assessment

MODULE 3: Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Disaster risk mitigation framework
  • Disaster and development
  • Mainstreaming DRR in development planning process

MODULE 4: Disaster Preparedness Planning Process

  • Overview of preparedness planning processes and concepts
  • Preparedness planning processes in key areas such as:
  • Setting up a preparedness planning committee
  • Achieving agreement on preparedness arrangements
  • Documenting preparedness arrangements
  • Conducting preparedness training
  • Testing preparedness arrangements

MODULE 5: Emergency Response

  • Emergency response management principles and concepts
  • Key response implementation considerations
  • Use of emergency coordination centers
  • ICT in emergency responses and management

MODULE 6: Incident Command System

  • Basic Principles of ICS
  • Incident / Event Assessment and Management by Objectives
  • ICS Organization and Staffing
  • ICS Facilities
  • Incident Resource Management
  • Incident & Event Planning Process
  • ICS Final Simulation

MODULE 7: Disaster Recovery

  • Damage and loss estimation in recovery planning
  • Disaster recovery and reconstruction: concepts, practice and guidelines

MODULE 8: Making Disaster Management Work

  • Cross-cutting considerations
  • Working with multi-agency teams
  • Policy, legal and institutional frameworks
  • Media in disaster management

MODULE 9: Re-entering the Real World: Making a Difference

  • Development of personal action plans
  • Course evaluation

Note: The above contents are shown for guidance only. ADPC’s ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.

Course faculty

The DMC-43 will be facilitated by internationally experienced practitioners and experts from ADPC and other partner organizations from the region.

Course policies

All teaching and reference materials are in English. Participants must be fully conversant in English.

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