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.
Who should attend?
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.
Upon completion 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
- Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
- Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment
- Disaster Preparedness Planning Process
- Making Disaster Management Work
- Proficiency in use of English language
The trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach such as presentations, group work, guided sessions of practical exercise and web based tutorials.