Disaster Risk Reduction in Emergencies (US)

Date: 20 - 24 Mar 2017
Length: 5 days
Location: Maryland, USA
Residential: No

About the Course:

Set amidst the context of global climate change and population growth, the number of natural and human-made emergencies every year has increased drastically in the past decade.  Although floods, earthquakes, droughts, and other natural hazards cannot be prevented, their impact on communities can be limited through disaster risk reduction (DRR) practices.

You will learn the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematically analyzing and managing the causal factors of disasters. For example, the course examines reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wisely managing land and the environment, or improving preparedness for adverse events.

Blending theory with practice, this workshop takes you through good practices in the stages of the disaster risk management cycle and the commonly used terminology, frameworks, tools and approaches to effective DRR.

The curriculum also covers a selection of global DRR documents and frameworks, including the United Nations-endorsed Hyogo Framework for Action and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system.

Meet the Trainer - Kelly Wooster

What does the course cover?

  • Basic disaster management terms and concepts
  • Hyogo Framework
  • Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Framework for DRR
  • Introduction to hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessment (HVCA)
  • Introduction to community participatory tools and techniques
  • Organising and conducting a participatory risk assessment
  • Planning DRR strategies appropriate to the context
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of DRR strategies
  • How to incorporate DRR into various humanitarian sectors

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the components of disaster risk management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the humanitarian context and underlying principles that inform disaster risk reduction
  • Conduct a risk analysis that effectively identifies hazards, capacities and vulnerabilities
  • Identify community vulnerability and capacities to deal with natural hazards
  • Identify the stages of the disaster management cycle and appropriate DRR activities at each stage
  • Understand ways of strengthening the participation of local aid workers and different organisations in overall mechanisms of disaster risk reduction
  • Build collaborative partnerships and effectively coordinate DRR activities with key stakeholders
  • Monitor and evaluate risk reduction impacts of programmes
  • Effectively navigate the resources relating to DRR and resilience that can inform activities
  • Describe the importance of using a participatory approach throughout the disaster management cycle

Who should attend?

The course is designed to benefit field parctitioner staff of INGOs NGOs, CBOs and governement department staff responsible for disaster risk reduction.

Course structure:

The course will be hosted by ADRA International at their office building located at 12501 Old Columbia Pike,Silver Spring,MD 20904,Maryland,USA.

Registration will take place from 8.45 am on the first day. Training each day will run from 9 am and conclude at 5.30 pm. The day is broken up into four sessions, separated by a lunch break and coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

From the second day, each day begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Every day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Participants will be actively encouraged to take part in classroom discussions, group work and a case study. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of Disaster Risk Reduction in Emergencies

Day 1

After registration and introductions, the course will begin with a background to DRR in the humanitarian context. Next, you will learn about DRR documents and frameworks. The afternoon session will cover context assessment and hazard assessment.

Day 2

The second day begins with an examination of participatory assessment and analysis followed by the subject of livelihoods and food security. Vulnerability and capacity assessment is covered in the subsequent session. In the afternoon, you will have briefings on the WASH and Health sectors. A discussion on advocacy will close the day.

Day 3

Sector briefings on education and shelter and settlement will start day three.  Later in the morning, you will learn about mass communication and then national strategy formation. The afternoon will focus on building collaborative relationships.

Day 4

In the first session, you will learn about community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) programming options followed by an examination of DRR planning. The curriculum will cover DRR indicator development from the morning into the afternoon. The last session is reserved for preparing DRR presentations.

Day 5

The morning of the last day will be spent preparing and giving DRR presentations. After lunch, you will look at debates in DRR. The last session is reserved for wrapping up the course: recapping the key points, answering any lingering questions, completing course evaluations, and receiving your certificates of completion.


The course will be taught by one of the following facilitators.

Joseph Ashmore

Kelly Wooster

Toby Gould

Samir Maleh  


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