Training in disaster management

Disaster preparedness and response are two of the four core areas for focus in Strategy 2010, the strategy document of the International Federation. This strategy guides the National Societies in their work and the Secretariat and delegations who support them and underlines the need for improving the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s response to emergencies.

The aim of disaster management training is to build the capacity of National Societies’ staff and volunteers, and that of International Federation delegates, to improve preparedness and response at all levels before during and after disasters and to give all components of the Movement the means to work together in a coordinated manner. The focus of disaster management training is generally on improving the technical skills of the participants, but also on personnel and team management. It aims to encourage an exchange of experience and knowledge and the creation of networks amongst the disaster managers. It also aims to improve coordination of disaster response and the quality and availability of disaster management tools.

The role of the International Federation is to standardize training curricula, train trainers in National Societies, facilitate and support training in disaster management at national, regional and international level.

Training at national level is the responsibility of individual National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supported as needed by technical delegates of the International Federation. This training will reflect the mandate of the National Society in disaster management in its country and vary but will generally include:

Disaster management training at regional level includes:

Disaster management training at international level includes:

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