Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Emergencies


Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Emergencies

By the end of the five day course participants will be able to describe the components of disaster risk management, identify community vulnerability and capacities to deal with natural hazards, have strategies to strengthen the role of different organisations and groups in disaster risk management and be aware of the role of local aid workers in disaster management and additional needs to strengthen their participation in overall mechanism of disaster risk reduction.

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 course 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 Sendai Framework for Action and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system.

What does the course cover?

  • Basic disaster management terms and concepts

  • Sendai Framework

  • Targeted DRR programme options

  • 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:

  • 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 of a community

  • 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

Course Overview:

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 Monday to Wednesday, 5.00 pm on Thursday, and 16.30 pm on Friday. 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. 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 followed byt targeted DRR programme options.  After lunch, you will learn about mass communication and what is involved in a communications programme. The afternoon will start to look at effective DRR planning in the response and recovery phases of the disaster management cycle.

Day 4

DRR planning will continue on day four, with the first session focusing on risk planning. After the break, the curriculum will cover monitoring and evaluation for DRR. Into the afternoon, you will learn about building collaborative relationships in DRR work.  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.

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Band A

 • Those working for southern national & local NGOs

 • Full-time students

Early Bird Fee: £560.00. Standard Fee: £622.00

Band B

 • Individuals funding themselves

 • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million

Early Bird Fee: £725.00 Standard Fee: £806.00

Band C

 • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million

Early Bird Fee: £940.00 Standard Fee: £1044.00

Band D

• Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations

Early Bird Fee: £1219.00 Standard Fee: £1354.00


Early Bird tickets (10% Discount) are available until 1 month before the course start date, after which standard fees will apply.

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Who should attend?

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

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 18.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest service is Vauxhall Station (Victoria line), approximately 5 minutes' walk.  Oval or Kennington Stations (Northern Line) are approximately 10 minutes’ walk. Buses 2 /3 / 36 / 44 / 59 /77 / 88 / 159/ 185 / 196/ 322 / 344 stop nearby.   

What's the refund policy?

-For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 85% of the course fees paid, or if places are available will be offered a transfer of 90% of the course fees paid onto the next instance of the course. 
-For bookings cancelled one to ten working days* before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (*during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm).
-For bookings cancelled less than 24 hours (working days only) before a course, or after a course has started, no refund will provided. 
-If the applicant chooses to transfer to another course and then cancels their booking a second time, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered.
-The refund must be claimed within two months from the cancelled course start date.
-Please note that unfortunately we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
-Refunds may take up to 30 days.

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Course Overview

Course Length
5 days
£560.00 - £1354.00
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