6th E-Learning Course on Disaster Risk Communication in the New Normal

Date:  4 - 22 Jul 2022

Venue: Online Course,  




Disaster risk information is critical for building disaster resilience in all phases of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) cycle. It is equally as important for risk information to be communicated and understood for effective and risk-informed decision-making. Disaster risk communication aims to raise public awareness on hazards and possible disasters in communities to encourage preparedness and resilience.

The key challenges of risk communication are changing risks or future risks due to temporal and spatial changes in hazard, exposure, and vulnerability, and climate change impacts; a lack of good governance, limited efforts to redefine disaster risk communication beyond warning generation; inadequate emphasis on disaster risk communication at different levels of planning and agreements, etc. Another recent challenge is that most countries have experienced a new wave of ‘fake news’ and misinformation during COVID-19. The course will provide important inputs and insights to address these challenges.


The overall learning objective of this course is to help participants enhance their practical skills and knowledge on disaster risk communication plan and effectively contribute to more in their organizations. The following are learning objectives of the course.

• Enhance awareness, knowledge and skills on effective disaster risk communication.
• Draft disaster risk communication plans that help to communicate disaster risk information to vulnerable communities better and to prepare communities to undertake viable and effective solutions.
• Identify initiatives and good practices on effective disaster risk communication in the New Normal for possible future replication.


The course is comprised of 10 sessions that will be covered over 3 weeks (04 – 26 July 2022):

Session 1. Course Overview
• Course objectives, scope, content overview, methodology and schedule

Session 2. Overview of DRM Concepts and Frameworks
• Concepts, terminologies, and frameworks on DRM
• Understanding Disaster Risk Communication and its linkage with DRM

Session 3. Situation Analysis
• Concept of risk, risk information, risk perception and risk management options, risk perception factors
• Participants conduct situation analysis based upon their specific needs or situations

Session 4. Disaster Risk Communication Approaches
• Disaster risk communication approaches for rapid and slow onset disasters (natural hazard induced)
• Participants define and select approaches for their disaster risk communication plan

Session 5. Understand your Audience
• Audience analysis and segmentation
• Identifying additional stakeholders involved in communication
• Developing audience analysis and segmentation for disaster risk communication plan

Session 6. Establishing Goals/ Objectives
• Desired results of a disaster risk communication plan
• Participants establish goals/objectives of their disaster risk communication plan

Session 7. Developing Right Message
• What to say’ and ‘how to say’ for disaster risk communication.
• How to talk about the hazard’, ‘what to do’
• Message delivery – style, tone, demeanour and accuracy.
• Participants develop right messages for their prioritized audiences

Session 8. Delivering Right Message
• Tools for communicating risk to the public (i.e., traditional and modern)
• Participants identify and select tools for delivering their right messages

Session 9. Monitoring and Evaluation
• Framework for monitoring and evaluation of the effects of disaster risk communication
• Participants discuss and identify steps for preparing and implementing monitoring plan

Session 10. Return Demonstration
• Participants review and finalize their disaster risk communication plan
• Participants present their final disaster risk communication Plan


• Interactive Presentations
• Tailored Curriculum
• Community Visit
• Evaluation Quizzes
• Discussion Forums
• Group Work Assignments
• Learning Flexibility
• Coaching and Mentoring
• Evaluation of learning


The target audience for this course are organizations dealing with disaster risk communication; namely,
• National, Local and Sub-national Governments
• Private Sector and Professional Organizations
• Non-Governmental Organization and Civil Society Organizations
• Education and Research Institutions
• Media
• Regional Organizations including IGOs
• UN, International Organizations

Program/Project managers, including mid-to-senior level staff and personnel from above types of organizations, dealing with risk communication from disaster, public health, and relevant fields are encouraged to apply. Motivated Individuals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills on disaster risk communication are also encouraged to take this course.


The standard course fee payable by each participant for 6th Disaster Risk Communication in the New Normal Course is USD 250/- which covers course tuition fee, registration fee, training materials, and online course software.


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 limited slots for this course, interested parties must register on or before June 30, 2022.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer not later than June 30, 2022. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled.