10th International Training Course on Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction in Cities

Training Course
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
15-26 May 2017
Thailand (Bangkok)

The Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction in Cities (EVRC) Course has been designed to support the creation of earthquake resilient societies. With experience in providing similar training courses on natural disaster risk reduction at an international level, ADPC provides a model training experience by integrating study materials, audiovisual tools, and interactive learning strategies, while bringing together earthquake preparedness and mitigation experience from severely affected countries around the world.

By completing the course, the EVRC participants will learn how to:

  • Develop organized approaches for understanding earthquake risk and its impacts;

  • Measure the extent of earthquake vulnerability, and assess the capacity to response;

  • Formulate and apply appropriate strategies for comprehensive earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction;

  • Prepare for earthquake emergencies for efficient earthquake vulnerability reduction;

  • Integrate earthquake risk management strategies with recovery and rehabilitation plans and programs.

Course Content

EVRC offers a comprehensive approach to the development of earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction strategies, which enables situational awareness and addresses required measures for preparedness and response. The course combines theoretical knowledge, state-of-art practices, and the successes and failures of global earthquake risk management experience. The course is divided into four modules with key topics as follows:

Module 1: principles of earthquake risk reduction

  • Understanding the disaster risk management process

  • Basic concepts and operational terminologies in earthquake risk reduction

  • Earthquake and collateral hazards

  • Linkages between urbanization and earthquake risk at national and regional levels

Module 2: tools and techniques of earthquake risk assessment

  • Geological mechanism of earthquake

  • Process of earthquake hazard assessment and micro-zoning

  • Assessment of earthquake vulnerability with respect to building and lifelines

  • Understanding the social and economic vulnerability to earthquake

  • Tools for rapid earthquake risk assessment

  • Earthquake damage assessment and loss estimation using HAZUS

Module 3: earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction strategies

  • Concepts of earthquake risk reduction

  • Approaches for non-structural earthquake risk mitigation

  • Economics of earthquake vulnerability reduction

  • Institutional setup/ policy framework for earthquake vulnerability reduction

Module 4: planning for earthquake risk reduction

  • Damage and need assessment during earthquake disaster event

  • Search and rescue operations and developing response mechanism

  • Incident command system

  • Mass casualty management

  • Contingency planning for earthquake risk management

  • City level action planning for earthquake safety

  • Planning for seismic safety at community and household level

  • Earthquake vulnerability reduction planning and project implementation

  • Capacity building for empowering various stakeholders

  • Planning for reconstruction and recovery

  • Resource management and response planning

Target Audience

This course is particularly useful for those concerned with earthquake vulnerability reduction in a development context. It is open to all nationalities. Participation by decision makers, elected and appointed national and local administrators, development and planning authorities, as well as officials in urban planning, housing, public works, and related sectors, is especially encouraged. The course is of certain benefits to private real estate land developers, personnel from emergency response agencies, and officials from UN, NGOs, and other international agencies working on disaster risk reduction and mitigation.

The class size is limited to 25 persons. ADPC accepts the nomination on a “first come, first served” basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement.

Course Fee

Package A without accommodation: USD 2,275 

Package B without accommodation: USD 3,250

The standard course fee of USD 2,275 covers the course tuition, training materials, meeting package, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch and dinners, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who want to stay at the hotel where the course will be conducted can choose an alternative course package B.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online here.

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