50th Training Course on Disaster Management

Date:  14 - 25 Nov 2022

Venue: Bangkok (Online and Face to Face), Thailand

Now on its 50th run, the Disaster Management Course (DMC) was first conducted in 1986. It has been attended by professionals and individuals from national governments, UN and donor agencies, INGOs, IFRC/RCS and even private organizations. To date, there are more than 1,500 DMC Alumni from over 70 countries. Be a part of this special group.



Online Part: November 14-18, 2022

Face to Face Part: November 21-25, 2022


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 adopts a multi-hazard, multi-level, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approach to disaster risk management (DRM). It also addresses events-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 views towards DRM through country sharing of lessons learned and good practices and through interactive adult learning methodologies. With COVID-19 still in our midst, the course is even more practical and relevant.


This is one of the ADPC Academy’s flagship courses, along with the CBDRR and FDRM courses. Initially offered shortly after the founding of ADPC in 1986, it has been redesigned and updated a number of times to ensure that it continues to be relevant for DRM professionals in a rapidly changing world.

The course has so far produced more than 1,000 alumni who have gone on to make major contributions in the DRM field. There is a unique opportunity to be part of this special group in 2022 as the ADPC Academy delivers the golden edition of the course.

The topics to be 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 to prevent or mitigate the impacts of hazards.


At the end of the course, the participants will 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 management work participant’s context


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

Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
This module introduces participants to disaster-related concepts and terminologies, disaster risk trends, DRM frameworks, tools, approaches and methods.

Module 2: Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment
This module introduces disaster risk identification and assessment processes that include 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 DRM processes.

Module 3: Disaster Risk Reduction
This module discusses risk reduction through prevention, preparedness and mitigation activities with COVID-19 still present. Further the module explores linkages between disasters and development and emphasizes the importance of mainstreaming DRR in 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 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 concepts and practices of emergency response including emergency coordination centers and how these are critical to the effective response operations in disaster situation will be covered.

Module 6: Disaster Recovery
This module focuses on Post-disaster Damage and Need Assessments and Disaster Recovery. This 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 overarching requirements for the implementation of disaster management. It introduces crosscutting issues to help increase the effectiveness of disaster management activities.


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.


Various trainee-centered learning methods shall be used:

• Participatory lectures and discussions

• Case studies
• Simulation exercises
• Group work and presentations
• Field and Institutional visits

The principle of adult learning shall be applied throughout the duration of the course and modules will be delivered in English.


The course’s continued success hinges on its highly competent faculty and resource persons. The pool of experts not only have solid and practical experience in all facets of disaster management but have excellent capacity to transfer the skills and knowledge to the participants.


Investment for the course is USD 1,900.00 with accommodation and USD 1,600.00 without accommodation. The fee is inclusive of cost of instruction; morning and afternoon snacks including lunch for five (5) days and soft copies of course materials.

Since the course fee has been reduced significantly as part of ADPC’s contribution for continuing development of DRR professionals and practitioners, we are not able to provide scholarship for this course at this time.


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 October 28, 2022.

For more information about the course, you may reach Avelino F. Filio, Jr., ADPC Academy Capacity Development Specialist at


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer not later than November 04, 2022. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled.