48th Flagship Course on Disaster Management (DMC-48)

Organizer(s) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Course overview

The Disaster Management course was first delivered in 1986, and is ADPC's flagship course. It has been attended by a large range of people from national governments, UN agencies, NGOs, IFRC/RCS, and other organizations. There are more than 1,700 DMC alumni to date who occupy leadership roles and come from over 70 countries.

The two week training course offers skills and knowledge on multi-hazard, multi-level, multi-agency, and multi-disciplinary facets, and address both event-related activities as well as those that need to be undertaken on a daily basis to mitigate the potential impacts of natural hazards. Participants develop key skills and adopt proactive attitudes through participation in interactive methodologies allowing discourse on a range of key issues.

Course content

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

  • Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
  • Module 2: Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment
  • Module 3: Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Module 4: Disaster Preparedness Planning Process
  • Module 5: Emergency Response
  • Module 6: Disaster Recovery
  • Module 7: Making Disaster Management Work
  • Module 8: Re-entering the Real World: Making a Difference

Target participants

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.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at

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