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VENUE: Due to the prevailing situation in Bangkok, the course shall be held in Phuket, Thailand. Find more about Phuket, click here

DATE: 3-7 March 2014


The course offers to build the capacity of professionals to design, manage, evaluate and undertake improvements in people centred end-to-end early warning systems for hydro-meteorological & geological hazards and extreme events associated with climate change and variability. It builds upon ADPC’s two decades of experience in disaster management, facilitating regional cooperation and building capacities of disaster management institutions at all government levels, disaster management practitioners and communities. It extends to a decade of experience in institutionalizing weather and climate information applications for disaster mitigation and recently, in the implementation of Indian Ocean and South East Asia end-to-end early warning system for tsunami and hydro-meteorological hazards. Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. understand operational mechanisms and procedures for the prediction, forecasting, monitoring and response to warning;
  2. design end-to-end early warning systems for hydro-meteorological/geological hazards including, action planning for disaster preparedness, emergency management and social response with respect to early warning;
  3. develop tools for early warning audits, identify current gaps in existing early warning systems and put in place enhanced people-centred early warning system with addressing the “last-mile” users;
  4. harmonization of early warning system and disaster mitigation for effective disaster risk reduction;
  5. develop tools to incorporate emerging new generation of climate prediction technologies.


The main course objective is to enhance the capacity of participating professionals and institutions, to effectively develop skills in process design of multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems, and mitigate the effects of events related to hydro-meteorological and geological phenomena. Upon completion the participants will learn how t

  • undertake risk assessment and design of multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems for disaster risk reduction
  • effectively integrate scientific andtechnical inputsintoearly warning dissemination and communication system
  • develop strategies to institutionalize early warning systems into the process cycle ofdisaster risk reduction and development planning, emergency response, and preparedness activities
  • develop risk communication strategies &communication technologies
  • interpret andtranslate scientific information products into user friendly formats and prepare & communicate tailor made early warning information products to elicit response fromat risk communities
  • design and implement community based early warning systems that are people centered and that can effectively contribute to the risk management process/risk reduction
  • evaluate and introduce publiceducation and trainingprogramme for the community based early warning systems
  • apply emerging new generation climate prediction technologies for anticipating and managingdisaster risks associated with climate change & variability


The course includes theoretical and practical sessions. An interdisciplinary team of experienced practitioners and experts provide a balanced teaching approach and methodologies to the sessions with theory, practical exercises, interactive and participative lectures, group discussions, presentation, classroom exercises, work sheets, case studies and sectoral examples, individual/group assignment and presentations, application of tools, site visit and instructional games. There is an attendance requirement in this course. Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants on successful completion of the training program.


This course has been designed for a week and divided into 5 modules following the flow of the End-to-End Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems;

Module 1: Introduction to End-to-End Early Warning System

  • Overview to Basic Terminology & Concepts in DRM
  • Overview of Hazards and possibility of EWS
  • Elements of and Tools for End-to-End EWS
  • Institutional mechanism/ framework for EWS

Module 2: Hazard Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning (HDMFW)

  • Introduction to Weather and Climate Dynamics
  • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Drought
  • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Tropical Cyclones and Associated Storm Surge
  • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Flood/Flash Flood
  • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Volcanoes, Earthquake and Tsunami
  • Case Study on Landslide Early Warning System

Module 3: Application of Risk Assessment & Risk Communication for Early Warning

  • Use of Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment and Risk Maps for Early Warning
  • Risk Communication

Module 4: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Early Warning Systems

  • Table-Top Exercise & SOP Development

Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation of EWS

  • Monitoring the performance of EWS through quantifiable indicators and tools
  • 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.

The course is tailored for senior level disaster managers and development workers, including officials of national and provincial governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, IFRC/ICRC, UN agencies and the private sector. Participants who have considerable measure of responsibilities in the area of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and disaster management policy will gain the most from the curriculum. Some early warning background is desirable, but not essential.


Internationally experienced practitioners and experts from ADPC and other partner organizations will conduct and facilitate the EWS course.


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

Applicants are highly recommended to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately US$70-90 per single occupancy room per night including daily buffet breakfast.

Course Fee
Package A with accommodation: US$2,000
Package B without accommodation: US$1,575

The standard course fee of US$2,000 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (6 nights), two break refreshments & lunch (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/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek own accommodation can choose an alternative course fee package B of US$1,575

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. The application can be submitted online at http://www.adpc.net/tsu/sign-in.asp or offline through email, fax, or postal mail before 13th February 2014. A more detailed course information will be sent to only accepted participants.

If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC account through bank or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than 21st February 2014. 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 3 weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, a full refund less 15% of course fee for banking charges and administrative costs will be made. No refunds are available for cancellation within 3 weeks prior to course commencement.


Training Services Department (TSD)
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
979/66-70, SM Tower, 24th Floor,
Paholyothin Road, Samsen Nai,
Phayathai, Bangkok, 10400
Tel: +66 (02) 298 0681-92
Fax: +66 (02) 298 0012
Skype ID: ADPC_Training

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