48th Training Course on Disaster Management

Date:  19 - 30 Nov 2018

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




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, 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 daily basis in order to mitigate the impact of natural hazards.


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


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

MODULE 7: Making Disaster Management Work
Cross-cutting considerations
Working with multi-agency teams
Policy, legal and institutional frameworks
Media in disaster management

MODULE 8: 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.


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 25 people. ADPC accepts nominations on a first-come first-served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirements.


The standard course fee of USD2,375 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and electronic tablets shall be given to the participants for data storage and will be a part of the training kit.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Discounted accommodation can be arranged by ADPC.


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 click apply online above.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer not later than October 19, 2018. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks 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 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.