Participants reading and analyzing a disaster case study
ADPC conducted its 49th Disaster Management Course (DMC) from 18 to 29 November to equip disaster practitioners across the region with the necessary information tools to prepare, respond and recover from disasters. 9 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand attended.
In-house training consisted of an introduction to the basic concepts and terminologies in disaster risk management, risk identification and assessment, and developing strategies for disaster preparedness, emergency response and recovery.
Participants learning how disaster monitoring technology warns about incoming tsunamis
A field visit was arranged to Bang Bua Thong District, Nonthaburi on 21 November where participants learned about local practices against flooding. Institutional visits were also organized on 27 November to Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) where participants learned about various technology used for disaster monitoring, and Thai Red Cross Society to find out about disaster relief procedures.
Participants expressed that they were satisfied with the overall course contents, the engaging learning environment created by the expert’s training approaches, diversity of training methods used and their experiences in the field and institutional visits.
ADPC staff and DMC participants posing for a group photo
DMC is ADPC’s flagship course that has been delivered since 1986, attracting participants from national governments, UN agencies, Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs), IFRC/RCS, and other organizations. There are currently more than 1,700 DMC Alumni to date from over 70 countries who occupy leadership roles in their professional fields.