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.



50th DMC adopts a multi-hazard, multi-level, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approach to disaster risk management (DRM). It will address 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.


Online Part: November 14-18, 2022

Face to Face Part: November 21-25, 2022


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

Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Management (Online)
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 (Online)
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 (Online)
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 (Face to Face)
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 (Face to Face)
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 (Face to Face)
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 (Face to Face)
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; and UN agencies. Government officials and decision-makers are also encouraged to participate so they can better support DRM efforts.


Various trainee-centered learning methods shall be used:

• Lectures

• Discussions

• Case Studies

• Simulation and Table Top Exercises

• Video Presentations

• Group work and presentations

• Field and exposure visits

• Pre- and Post-Tests

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


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.


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.


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


Investment for the course is $1,600.00 without accommodation and $1,900.00 with accommodation. Fees are inclusive of course materials, meals and transportation during exposure visits, lunch and AM and PM snacks during the face-to-face part and certificate upon successful completion of the course.

As part of ADPC’s contribution in the continuing capacity development of professionals amid the impact of COVID-19, we have significantly reduced the course fee. Therefore, we are not offering scholarship at this time.


Deadline for registration is November 4, 2022, while payment must be made also by November 4, 2022. Marking the 50th run as a special course milestone, we will be giving away Samsung Tablets with Stylus Pen to those who will register and pay on or before October 21, 2022.

For more information about the course, you may also contact Ms. Thanyaphat Sirasakpureekul at or