3rd regional training course on end-to-end multi-hazard early warning system

Type:
Training Course
Organizer:
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Training Services) (ADPC)
Date:
03-07 Mar 2014
Location:
Thailand (Bankok)
Venue:
Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel

COURSE PURPOSE

The course offers to build the capacity of professionals to design, manage, evaluate and undertake improvements in people centred end-to-end early warning systems for hydro-meteorological & geological hazards and extreme events associated with climate change and variability. It builds upon ADPC’s two decades of experience in disaster management, facilitating regional cooperation and building capacities of disaster management institutions at all government levels, disaster management practitioners and communities. It extends to a decade of experience in institutionalizing weather and climate information applications for disaster mitigation and recently, in the implementation of Indian Ocean and South East Asia end-to-end early warning system for tsunami and hydro-meteorological hazards. Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

1. understand operational mechanisms and procedures for the prediction, forecasting, monitoring and response to warning;
2. design end-to-end early warning systems for hydro-meteorological/geological hazards including, action planning for disaster preparedness, emergency management and social response with respect to early warning;
3. develop tools for early warning audits, identify current gaps in existing early warning systems and put in place enhanced people-centred early warning system with addressing the “last-mile” users;
4. harmonization of early warning system and disaster mitigation for effective disaster risk reduction;
5. develop tools to incorporate emerging new generation of climate prediction technologies.

OBJECTIVES

The main course objective is to enhance the capacity of participating professionals and institutions, to effectively develop skills in process design of multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems, and mitigate the effects of events related to hydro-meteorological and geological phenomena. Upon completion the participants will learn how to:

1. undertake risk assessment and design of multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems for disaster risk reduction
2. effectively integrate scientific and technical input sintoearly warning dissemination and communication system
3. develop strategies to institutionalize early warning systems into the process cycle of disaster risk reduction and development planning, emergency response, and preparedness activities
4. develop risk communication strategies &communication technologies
5. interpret and translate scientific information products into user friendly formats and prepare & communicate tailor made early warning information products to elicit response from at risk communities
6. design and implement community based early warning systems that are people centered and that can effectively contribute to the risk management process/risk reduction
7. evaluate and introduce public education and training programme for the community based early warning systems
8. apply emerging new generation climate prediction technologies for anticipating and managing disaster risks associated with climate change & variability

TRAINING STRATEGY

The course includes theoretical and practical sessions. An interdisciplinary team of experienced practitioners and experts provide a balanced teaching approach and methodologies to the sessions with theory, practical exercises, interactive and participative lectures, group discussions, presentation, classroom exercises, work sheets, case studies and sectoral examples, individual/group assignment and presentations, application of tools, site visit and instructional games. There is an attendance requirement in this course. Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants on successful completion of the training program.

COURSE CONTENT

This course has been designed for a week and divided into 5 modules following the flow of the End-to-End Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems;

Module 1: Introduction to End-to-End Early Warning System

- Overview to Basic Terminology & Concepts in DRM
- Overview of Hazards and possibility of EWS
- Elements of and Tools for End-to-End EWS
- Institutional mechanism/ framework for EWS

Module 2: Hazard Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning (HDMFW)

- Introduction to Weather and Climate Dynamics
- Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Drought
- Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Tropical Cyclones and Associated Storm Surge
- Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Flood/Flash Flood
- Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for - Warning-Volcanoes, Earthquake and Tsunami
- Case Study on Landslide Early Warning System

Module 3: Application of Risk Assessment & Risk Communication for Early Warning

- Use of Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment and Risk Maps for Early Warning
- Risk Communication

Module 4: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Early Warning Systems

- Table-Top Exercise & SOP Development

Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation of EWS

- Monitoring the performance of EWS through quantifiable indicators and tools
- Course Evaluation

Note: The above contents are shown for guidance only. ADPC's ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.

COURSE FACULTY

Internationally experienced practitioners and experts from ADPC and other partner organizations will conduct and facilitate the EWS course.

COURSE POLICIES

Language
All teaching and reference materials are in English. Participants must be fully conversant in English.

Accommodation
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.


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Event fee

Package A with accommodation: US$2,000 Package B without accommodation: US$1,575

What is included in the event fee

The standard course fee of US$2,000 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (6 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$1,575


Target audience

The course is tailored for senior level disaster managers and development workers, including officials of national and provincial governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, IFRC/ICRC, UN agencies and the private sector. Participants who have considerable measure of responsibilities in the area of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and disaster management policy will gain the most from the curriculum. Some early warning background is desirable, but not essential.

How to register

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. The application can be submitted online at http://www.adpc.net/tsu/sign-in.asp before 13th February 2014.

Keywords

Themes:
Early Warning, Risk Identification & Assessment, Disaster Risk Management
Countries:
Thailand
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