50th Training Course on Disaster Management

Date:  16 - 27 Nov 2020

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




The overall impact of disasters on economies and communities continues to grow. Sea-level rise and increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events threaten to exacerbate potential human and economic losses. Furthermore, population growth, urban migration, and investments in extreme-risk areas such as flood-exposed river basins and cyclone-prone coasts have generated new economic, social, cultural, environmental and health risks.

This training course offers skills and knowledge on disaster risk management and adopts multi-hazard, multi-level, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approaches. It also addresses event-related activities as well as those that need to be undertaken on a daily basis to mitigate the impacts of different hazards. Participants will develop proactive attitudes towards disaster risk management through interactive methodologies and a field visit.

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 from over 70 countries who occupy leadership role in their professional fields.


At the of the end of this ten-day course, the participants should be able to:

● Explain key concepts, principles and models in Disaster Risk Management
● Apply disaster risk identification and assessment processes
● List down and discuss risk reduction activities at various phases of the DRM cycle
● Perform disaster preparedness planning
● Discuss key elements and features necessary for effective emergency response
● Identify and discuss post-disaster recovery interventions
● Develop re-entry plans for making disaster risk management work in the participant’s context


In order to achieve the objectives, the course will have the following modules:

Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Management

This module introduces participants to disaster-related concepts and terminologies, disaster risk trends, climate change science, and major frameworks, approaches, tools, and methods for DRR and climate change adaptation.

Module 2: Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment

This module introduces disaster risk identification and assessment processes, explores the process for conducting hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessments and provides a practical exercise in overall risk identification and assessment. The module also examines the application of risk assessments in disaster risk management processes.

Module 3: Disaster Risk Reduction

This module discusses risk reduction through prevention, preparedness and mitigation activities. Further, the module explores linkages between disasters and development, and emphasizes the importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into sustainable development planning and implementation.

Module 4: Disaster Preparedness Planning

This module focuses on developing skills in effective planning for disaster preparedness. It takes participants through different stages of the preparedness planning process and provides essential guidelines for preparedness planning for effective response.

Module 5: Emergency Response

This module focuses on the specifics of coordination and management of emergency response in disaster situations. The module covers the concepts of emergency response including emergency coordination centers and how they are critical to the effective response operations in a disaster situation.

Module 6: Disaster Recovery

This module focuses on Post-disaster Damage and Need Assessments and Disaster Recovery. The module also explores the post disaster recovery process as an entry point and opportunity for longer-term risk reduction.

Module 7: Making Disaster Management Work

This module discusses significant over-arching requirements for the implementation of disaster management. It introduces cross-cutting issues to help increase the effectiveness and efficiency of disaster management activities.


Various trainee-centered methodologies shall be employed:

● Participatory lectures and discussions
● Case studies
● Simulation exercises
● Group work and presentations
● Field visit

The course shall be conducted in English.


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


Interested individuals and organizations can register online at

For more information about the course, you may also contact Thanyaphat Sirasakpureekul at and telephone numbers +66 22980681 to 92 ext. 134.

Due to the limited slots for this course, interested parties must register on or before October 16, 2020 while payment must be made by November 6, 2020.


The standard course fee of USD2,400 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and 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.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer at least one month before course commence. 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.

It is also important to note that the course has a requirement for a minimum number of participants. If an insufficient number of applications have been received by October 23, 2020, ADPC reserves the right to cancel the course for the current year. Candidates who have already been accepted will be informed as soon as the decision is taken, and offered a place in the following year if desired.