44th Regional Training Course on Disaster Management

Date:  10 - 28 Nov 2014

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

Scholarships are available for government officials. For further information, please click here.



The Asia Pacific region faces human tragedy and heavy economic losses from disasters, whose frequency and intensity have escalated in recent years. The Asian and Japanese Tohoku region tsunamis; recent earthquakes of Kashmir, China and Christchurch; cyclone Nargis; Pakistan and Thailand floods, as well as Afghanistan blizzards highlight the level of devastation that disasters can bring to the region.

The Regional Training Course on Disaster Management (DMC) aims to provide necessary and useful fundamental knowledge and skills of disaster risk management in order to enhance the capabilities of disaster managers who wish to reduce the impact of disastrous events on communities. The subjects covered in the DMC 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 day-to-day basis prior to the occurrence of disaster events. Participants will be encouraged to develop key skills and adopt proactive attitudes through participation in interactive lectures allowing discourse on a range of key issues.


List Item
    Conducted over a period of three weeks, the course is divided into eight modules following the flow of the disaster risk management process:
  • Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
    • Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
    • Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment
    • Disaster Risk Reduction
    • Disaster Preparedness Planning Process
    • Emergency Response
    • Incident Command System
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Making Disaster Management Work
    • Re-entering the Real World: Making a Difference


The course is currently offered in English only. All teaching and reference materials are in English. Participants must be fully conversant in English.


By completing the course, participants should gain a sound grasp of disaster risk management processes and be able to apply this knowledge to:

  • Discuss 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


The course is beneficial to the following:

  • Government Officials responsible for disaster management policy and plans
    IFRC/ICRC, international 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. including also the defense forces and emergency services)
  • Staff of UN agencies

The content of the course concentrates on an Asia context with some references from other regions. However, both Asian and non-Asian participants are highly 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 30 persons.

ADPC accepts nomination on a first come, first served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement.


The DMC-43 will be facilitated by internationally experienced practitioners and experts from ADPC and other partner organizations from the region.




Package A with accommodation US$4,150
Package B without accommodation US$2,775

The standard course fee of US$4,150 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (20 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$2,775

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.

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. The application can be submitted online at or offline through email, fax, or postal mail before 10th October 2014. The application form is available for download above. 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 17th October 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.


Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Training Services Department (TSD)
979/66-70, 24th Floor SM Tower
Paholyothin Road, Samsen Nai
Phayathai Bangkok, 10400
Tel: +66 (02) 298 0681-92
Cell Phone: +66 87 697 7535
Fax: +66 (02) 298 0012-13
Skype ID: ADPC_Training