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Within the framework of the TRAINPOST distance-learning programme, which is based on a simpler and more user-friendly training approach, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) offers the participant trainees, in Quality/Security training field, several important courses in the programme. One of them is dealing with «Disaster Risk Management ». This course is made up of seven modules.

General Aims:
1. To raise awareness among the trainees about various types of disasters, their adverse impacts and the need to have a sound Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Plan in each postal administration.

          2. To impart necessary knowledge and skills about industry best practices and standardised procedures (i.e. DRM tools and products) to deal with disasters.

          3. To enable the trainees to develop their respective country-specific & hazard-specific DRM Plan

Target Population :

Supervisors/Assistant Supervisors of Headquarters (Administrative Offices) and Field Units (Operative Offices), Trainers, Course Developers.

Duration of the course :

18 hours.

 NOTE : 
This course is only available in english language.

  Introduction of the course
  Module 1 : Purpose and international DRM Framework

At the end of this module, you will be able to explain

  • what is a Disaster and the various concepts and terminologies used in a DRM Plan
  • the purpose of having a DRM Plan in each postal administration
  Module 2 : Basic Principles of DRM

At the end of this module , you will be able to state

  • what is a DRM Plan
  • the primary purpose of DRM programme and its essential features
  • key elements for development of an effective DRM programme
  Module 3 : Understanding Risks – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

At the end of this module, you will be able to

  • explain vulnerability and risk elements of a threat and how to conduct the  vulnerability and risk assessment of a threat
  • carry out vulnerability and risk assessment of threats more likely to happen in their respective countries to prioritise risks and to take appropriate risk reduction and preparedness initiatives in the DRM Plan
  • .
  Module 4 : The Five Phases of DRM

At the end of this module, you will be able to

  • explain the five phases of DRM strategy and the objectives of each phase
  • list the activities that are required to be undertaken in each phase to face disasters effectively
  • explain the critical role that training plays in making employees understand their roles and responsibilities during disaster phases and to face disasters effectively.
  Module 5 : Post-Disaster Damage and Needs Assessment

At the end of this module, you will be able to

  • state the objectives of a Post-Disaster Damage and Needs Assessment (PDNA)
  • explain the core elements of PDNA
  • assess in a methodical way the damages and economic losses following a disaster
  • and project the financial allocation and/or aid required for a comprehensive recovery for their respective administrations.
  Module 6 : Partners and Resources for DRM

At the end of this module, you will be able to list

  •  local partners like police, home guards, health centres/ hospitals, fire brigade, meteorological department etc from whom immediate assistance can be had following a disaster
  • various national, regional and global organisations that support regularly in disaster management initiatives.
  Module 7 : Characteristics of major Natural Disasters and Checklists for each Disaster

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe various common natural disasters, their causes and characters
  • prepare emergency procedures checklists, for headquarters and field units separately, that should be followed in general in all kinds of disasters
  • prepare similar emergency checklists to be followed in hazard-specific disaster cases like flood, tsunami, earthquake, cyclone etc
  • customise above checklists for their respective postal administrations keeping  specific needs of such administrations in mind.
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