Training Course on Early Warning Systems

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
13-17 Mar 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
10-14 Apr 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
08-12 May 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
26-30 Jun 2017


The training is aimed at helping participants and their respective organizations to design and implement Early Warning Systems. The course will help participants develop an early warning systems and risk management plans tailored to the needs of their respective organizations

Participants will be introduced to various aspects of early warning and disaster management. This training is designed to increase the audience's awareness of the process of Early Warning System, leading to better performance in disaster preparedness and response. The major objective of this training is to increase awareness about early warning mechanisms for different hazards, their potential benefits, challenges in taking decisions during such early warning, and capacity building in interpreting and taking suggested protective measures. The content in general follows the ISDR Early Warning System principles, procedures, and terminology.

Duration: 5 days

Who should attend?

This course is intended for audiences who form disaster management teams working in government agencies, NGOs, and Community Members working in governments, funding agencies, and research and non-government organizations for Emergency response and other Development programmes.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand operational mechanisms and procedures for the prediction, forecasting, monitoring and response to warning

  • Examine the kinds of tools and products that are available or could be developed to integrate information into forms most useful for them to make decisions at various levels; and set-up appropriate contingency plan or options to guide members of their organization against various hazards of different timescales.

  • Design end-to-end early warning systems for several types of hazards including, action planning for disaster preparedness, emergency management and social response with respect to early warning;

  • Develop tools for early warning audits, identify current gaps in existing early warning systems and put in place enhanced people-centered early warning system

  • Harmonization of early warning system and disaster mitigation for effective disaster risk reduction

  • Undertake risk assessment and design of multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems for disaster risk reduction

  • Develop strategies to institutionalize early warning systems into the process cycle of disaster risk reduction and development planning, emergency response, and preparedness activities

  • 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

  • Design and implement community based early warning systems that are people centered and that can effectively contribute to the risk management process/risk reduction

  • Evaluate and introduce public education and training programme for the community based early warning systems

  • Apply emerging new generation climate prediction technologies for anticipating and managing disaster risks associated with climate change & variability

Outline of topics to be covered in the program:

  • Introduction to End-to-End Early Warning System
    • Overview to Basic Terminology & Concepts in DRM

    • Overview of Hazards and possibility of EWS

    • End-to-End EWS Framework and its Elements

    • Institutional mechanism/ framework for EWS

  • Hazard Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning (HDMFW)
    • Hazard Identification Process

    • Risk Analysis: Probabilities and Consequences

    • Risk Management: Options Analysis

    • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Drought

    • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for Warning-Flood/Flash Flood

    • Detection, Monitoring, Forecasting & Information for - Warning-Volcanoes, Earthquake and Tsunami

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

    • Risk Communication Process and Tools

    • Contingency Plans

    • Organizational Preparedness and Response Preparation

    • GIS and RS in Early Warning Systems

  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Early Warning Systems
    • Table-Top Exercise & SOP Development

    • Community-level focus

    • Good practice and lessons learned across the globe

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of EWS
    • Monitoring the performance of EWS through quantifiable indicators and tools

    • Post Training work plan

    • Course Evaluation

Further information on registration can be found through the training website.

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