46th Regional Training Course on Disaster Management

Organizer(s) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Course overview:

The Asia-Pacific region continues to face human tragedy and heavy economic losses from disasters – the frequency and intensity of which have escalated in recent years. The Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; recent earthquakes in Kashmir, China and New Zealand; cyclone Nargis; typhoon Haiyan; the floods in Pakistan and Thailand; and the Afghanistan blizzards highlight the level of devastation that disasters can bring to the region.

This training course aims to provide necessary and useful fundamental knowledge and skills in disaster risk management in order to enhance the capabilities of disaster managers who wish to reduce the impact of disastrous events in communities.

The topics covered cut across multi-hazard, multilevel, multi-agency, and multi-disciplinary facets, and address both event-related activities as well as those activities that need to be undertaken on a daily basis in order to mitigate the impact of natural hazards.

Course objectives:

Upon completition of the course, participants will have a sound grasp of disaster risk management processes and will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic concepts, terminology and models of disaster risk management
  • Identify and assess disaster risks using a risk management approach
  • Plan and develop effective strategies and systems for disaster risk reduction
  • Develop effective processes for preparedness planning in order to improve disaster response and recovery programs
  • Effectively and efficiently set up and utilize an emergency coordination center to manage disaster events
  • Set up an incident command system to a given scenario
  • Discuss disaster recovery frameworks and policies appropriate to the country
  • Address and assess key implementation issues and requirements in disaster management

Course content:

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 general reference only. ADPC’s ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.

Target audience:

The course will benefit government officials responsible for disaster management policy and planning; IFRC/ ICRC; international and local NGOs; NGOs involved in the areas of disaster risk reduction, response and recovery; staff from training institutes and other agencies responsible for knowledge dissemination on disaster risk reduction and management as well as training of trainers; persons involved in coordination of disaster management activities (e.g., defense forces and emergency services); UN agencies.

The contents of the course focus on the Asian context with some references to other regions. However, also participants from outside the Asian region are welcome. All representatives from the different regions, organizations and backgrounds are encouraged to interact, discuss, and make connections to ensure the greatest benefit is gained from attending the course.

The class size is limited to 30 people. ADPC accepts nominations on a firstcome first-served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirements

Course fee:

Package A with accommodation: USD 4,150

Package B without accommodation: USD 2,775

The standard course fee of USD 4,150 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (20 nights), refreshments during two breaks and lunch daily (Monday–Friday) during the training, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch on weekends, all dinners, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek their own accommodation can choose an alternative course package B.


It is strongly recommended for participants to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately USD 70–90 per single occupancy room per night including daily buffet breakfast.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at or offline through email, fax, or postal mail before 9 October 2016. The application form can be requested by email from ADPC's administrative team at Pre-course information will be sent to participants once they have been accepted to the course.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than 16 October 2016. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal cheques are not accepted as a form of payment.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided that the participation criteria described above have been met. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.

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