ASIAN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CENTER                                                                                                     APRIL 2006    ISSUE 19












Public Health in Complex Emergencies training program (PHCE) Bangkok, May 8-20 2006

The Public Health in Complex Emergencies training program (PHCE) is a two-week residential course that focuses on critical public health issues faced by NGO's and health personnel working with displaced persons and refugee population in complex emergencies. For more details please visit our website

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand honors ADPC

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is acknowledged and awarded as an outstanding organisation for its work and contributions to mine risk education for teachers, students and community leaders. The award is given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. Dr Suvit Yodmani, Executive Director of ADPC is awarded an outstanding individual for his commitment and support. The award is designed in accordance with the United Nations' initiative to identify 4 of April as International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The award ceremony was held on 7 April.

The event saw Dr Suvit in a panel discussion on "Living with Mines".



ADPC Human Resource organizes in-house Emergency Telecommunication Course (27-28 March)
Since 2005, the partnership between TSF and ADPC has been very successful. Joint interventions involving assistance and support in emergency communication, disaster damage and need assessments and analysis in the Philippines (Quezon and Leyte), Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka were much appreciated by the local Governments and NGO's in the respective countries.

Telecom Sans Frontiers (TSF) provided training to the ADPC staff on 27 & 28 March. The training highlights were TSF response, generalities of volunteering and an overview of the existing satellite technology. This was followed by a practical session on different TSF satellite equipments:

- Satellite phone: MiniM (voice, fax, data).
- Satellite modem: RBGan (Internet, email configuration).
- Global Positioning System, GPS.

ADPC develops training curriculum for NECTEC, Thailand (April)
ADPC will be developing the training curriculum for the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Thailand on the Emergency and Education Communication Vehicle Project (E2CV). At NECTEC's initiative, a vehicle has been developed to provide a high-capacity ad-hoc broadband access satellite communication system in the event of emergencies which can be converted to a mobile incident command center with 25 computers and phones. The vehicles are designed for use by agencies like the DDPM and Ministry of Education.

Installation of flood marks in Peam Chor district, Cambodia
The Department of Hydrology and River Works, in collaboration with ADPC and Peam Chor District Committee for Disaster Management in Cambodia will conduct a survey in the high risk (flood) villages along Tonle Tap river in Peam Chor for installation of flood marks. The activities under the GTZ-MRC-ADPC project "Flood Emergency Management Strengthening (FEMS)" are expected to be completed in April 2006.

ADPC documents institutional changes (3-21 April)
ADPC's Climate Risk Management staff is on a mission to Indramayu, West Java, Indonesia to document the institutional changes within Bureau of Meteorology and Geophysics (BMG) as influenced by the Climate Forecast Application (CFA) programme in Indonesia. Other activities include documenting the climate field school - mechanisms for communicating climate information and feedback system, impacts on farming practices, and the institutional support from BMG, Directorate of Plant Protection, Indramayu Regency, as well as to develop a case study on the communication and responses to the 2003-2004 wet season forecast.

ADPC implementation of the regional multi-hazard early warning system, Vietnam (4-7 April)
ADPC senior technical staff were on a mission to Hanoi, to finalize the MoU with the Government of Vietnam, represented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, on establishing the regional multi-hazard early warning system, and to discuss specific activities for initial implementation. Meetings were also held with the Hydro-Meteorological Service (HMS) of Vietnam, the focal point of the new
Danida-supported program on Enhancing Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in Southeast Asia, to brief and engage them in the program. The Royal Danish Embassy in Vietnam has supported linking the program with the ongoing Danida-supported projects in coastal areas in Vietnam.

Expanding Climate Risk Management (CRM) in Jiangxi Province, China (4-9 April)
ADPC technical staff were on mission to Jiangxi Province, China to explore and discuss the possibility of developing CRM project with the leaders of the provincial department of Agriculture and Meterological bureau and provincial MRL (Mountain, River, Lake) development office.

ADPC-PDRSEA3 Impact and Needs Assessment Mission to Timor Leste (5-7 April)
Organized by ADPC and UNESCAP, this mission reviewed the contributions made by PDRSEA 3 to Timor Leste. The mission also helped facilitate understanding the needs and expectations of the various stakeholders; and to get their feedback and inputs on the needs that can be addressed in the fourth phase of the PDRSEA.

ADPC signs MoU with the Government of the Philippines (11-12 April)
Senior ADPC officials will be on a mission to Manila, Philippines to finalize the MoU with the Government of the Philippines, represented by the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), on establishing the regional multi-hazard early warning system, and discuss specific activities for initial implementation.

ADPC finalizes MoU with Maldives (13-18 April)
Mr. A.R. Subbiah, CRM's Director will be on a mission to Maldives to finalize the MoU with the Government of the Maldives, represented by the Department of Meteorology, on establishing the national multi-hazard early warning system, and discuss specific activities for initial implementation, particularly the ISDR-supported workshop on communicating early warning.

Project Planning Meeting (17-20 April)
Under the PROMISE project, a Project Planning Meeting is being organized from 17-20 April in Pakistan to discuss project activities in the selected areas in Hyderabad, Pakistan and to finalize the proposal. An institutional assessment will also be conducted on Aga Khan Planning and Building Service in Pakistan (AKPBSP) - PROMISE Pakistan project partner and a field visit is also planned to the project demonstration city. Due to the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the project implementation is delayed and the project proposal is still being formulated and will be finalized in the Project Planning Meeting. The project is being implemented with funding support from USAID/OFDA.

ADPC to assist US Forest Services (21 April - 2 May)
ADPC senior officials will be on mission to Colombo, Sri Lanka under the USAID-supported Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System (IOTEWS) program to organize and assist the US Forest Service in the following activities related to the integration of Incident Command System (ICS) into Sri Lanka's disaster management system:
*22 April: ICS overview for senior government officials
*24-28 April: Basic/ Intermediate ICS Training
*29 April: ICS adaptation to the Sri Lankan context
*1-2 May: Coordination for study tour on disaster management in the US

At the invitation of the UNESCO/IOC and the UN ISDR, ADPC's coordinator for regional Tsunami and multi-hazard early warning system for SE Asia and the Indian Ocean participated in the Early Warning Conference III in Bonn, Germany, 27-29 March. The meeting was successful in achieving its goals.

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Presentation on Emergency Medicine: The Tsunami Experience, Lessons Learned (30 March)
ADPC in partnership with the Thai Red Cross Society, Thammasat University, and Nopparat Ratchathani Hospital organized a half-day event on "Emergency Medicine: The Tsunami Experience" on 30 March 2006. The event featured a presentation by Dr. Prasert Vasinanukorn, Consultant for Emergency Department at Songklanakarind Hospital, Thailand, on emergency medicine, disaster planning, and the lessons learned in the health response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

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Orientation meetings of MRC-GTZ-ADPC, Vietnam (April)
Under the MRC-GTZ-ADPC Flood Emergency Management Strengthening (FEMS) project, two orientation meetings are planned at the provincial level in Dong THap and AN Giang provinces in Vietnam in the third week of April. The meeting aims to share the FEMS planned activities in the respective provinces with the provincial disaster management authorities, and to identify detailed cooperation schemes for effective implementation of the project activities.

National CBDRM Standards Workshop in Indonesia (24-25 April)
A three-days national workshop is being organized in five project countries of PDRSEA for developing criteria on Good Practices and Impact Indicators for projects on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). Criteria (and indicators) for assessment of vulnerability at family and community levels will also be developed in the workshop. The outputs of this activity should lead to improvements in the practice of community based disaster risk management in the countries.

Regional "Write-shop" on Advocacy for Integrating CBDRM into Local Authority Policy and Programming (18-21 April)
This write-shop will be participated by CBDRM practitioners around the region to develop a more systematic and effective practice of advocacy on the institutionalization of CBDRM or people's participation in government policy-making, programming and activities. As a result of this training, it is hoped that CBDRM practitioners will be able to draft and develop their advocacy plans and consolidate them as national/regional plans of advocacy.

Crisis Management Course for DDPM (20-21 April)
ADPC will be designing and organizing training courses on Crisis management and Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis for senior officials of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Thailand. The course will be held at DDPM training center on 20-21 April at Pathumthani, Bangkok.

Community Based Disaster Preparedness Training for World Vision Thailand (24-26 and 27-29 April)
In 2005, ADPC's CBDRM Team conducted a program planning mission for World Vision Thailand to support World Vision's plan to implement a Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) program in Krabi and Phang Nga provinces in Thailand. As an initial activity, ADPC has been requested to conduct two 3-day CBDRM training courses for community leaders, World Vision staff and local government officials. The course will enhance the knowledge and skills of participants on community based disaster preparedness which will enable them to undertake community risk assessment and action planning.

ADPC conducts Tourism Risk Management Strategies course (24 - 28 April)
ADPC is facilitating a training course on Tourism Risk Management Strategies, jointly organized by APEC (AICST), and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand. The training course will be held on 26 & 27 April at Phuket, Thailand.

Workshop on Distance Learning (24 April-14 May)
At the invitation of the ITC Ensche, Netherlands, a close partner of ADPC, Mr. Falak Nawaz, Training Manager from ADPC's Training Resources Group will be attending a distance learning workshop from 24 April-14 May organized by ITC Enschede, the Netherlands. This activity is the continuation of the CASITA II project and will focus on e-learning among six universities in the region.

Trial Run for Distance Education Course on Multi-hazard risk Analysis (25 April-12 May)
The second trial run is being organized on 25 April-12 May at the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands. The three week trial run will be conducted under the CASITA II program. ADPC, ITC-The Netherlands, Bonn University (BU) and the CASITA partner universities are the participants in this activity.

Damage and Loss Estimation Workshop in Risk Management (2-4 May)
Under the CASITA II program, ADPC in collaboration with the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka will organize a three-days workshop on Damage and Loss Estimation in Risk Management. The workshop will be conducted primarily for the Master's students of the Ruhuna University. Http://

Coastal Risk Analysis of Tsunami and Environmental Remediation (CRATER) Project workshops with Italian Ministry of Environment (IMET), (8-11 May)
The following workshops are planned under the Coastal Risk Analysis of Tsunami and Environmental Remediation (CRATER) Project.
* May 8, 2006
CRATER workshop in Phuket - to present numerical models, vulnerability and risk, evacuation plan, guidelines for reconstruction, as outputs of the project to local authorities and NGOs.

* May 10, 2006
Workshop on Numerical models, Vulnerability and Risks, Evacuation plans, and EIA - to present outputs of the project to government departments, universities and NGOs.

* May 11, 2006
Workshop on Guidelines for reconstruction - to present the project outputs to headquarters, universities and NGOs.

Third Community Based Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Livelihoods (May)
ADPC is to help facilitate a training course under the USAID project on "Third Community Based Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Livelihoods" in Suksamran Sub-district, Ranong, Thailand. The course is tentatively scheduled in the first week on May.









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