Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management

Number of Credits
Description/Course Objective
IN84.01  Managing Disasters
One of the ideal objectives of this course and is for disaster managers eventually to work themselves out of their job. The ultimate success of disaster management would be the elimination of the underlying causes of disasters which would contribute to disaster prevention. Obviously, total prevention will not be feasible, but minimizing the people's vulnerability to disaster and responding to emergencies in positive ways will make an enormous impact on the current deadly state of disaster events. To move towards those idealized objectives will require more from disaster managers than an understanding of the scope of their job. It will also require development of several skills and technologies. This course is viewed as being one component of a training program that will contribute towards those skills and technologies.
IN84.02  Remote Sensing and GIS for Disaster Mitigation
This course introduces the basic principles of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) and the major applications for disaster monitoring and management. This course provides advanced methodologies of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, followed by steps from introduction to sensor design and development, geo-spatial data acquisition, digital image processing, future extraction and change detection, geo-spatial data management and updating, spatial analysis and visualization, and the examples of different disaster monitoring and management.
IN84.03  Climate Hazards and Early Warning Systems
Climate hazards are one of the important triggers to disasters and are likely to gain further prominence with changing climate. Weather and climate information also constitute key starting points for many Early Warning Systems. Early Warning Systems consist of climate prediction and translation of the severe weather/climate information into potential hazards understood by the users. The course is designed in five modules covering basic understanding of earth’s climate system, introduction to weather and climate forecasting, and the architecture of Early Warning Systems in the context of hydro-meteorological hazards.
IN84.04  Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management - Theory and Practice
The objective of this course is to develop the student skills and knowledge on the disaster risk reduction process for the communities at the local level. The course will also provide knowledge to understand the importance of community participation in the disaster risk reduction and management process. The course covers aspects as diverse as stakeholder analysis, vulnerability and resource assessment, participatory approaches in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR), risk reduction implementation, advocacy and challenges faced.
IN84.05  Disaster Governance, Policy and Risk Management
Disaster governance and risk management particularly for natural hazards is an emerging concept in the disaster research that is closely related to risk and environmental governance. Disaster governance is nested within and influenced by overarching societal governance systems. Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a governance process enabling the systematic integration of DRR concerns into all relevant development spheres. Well-coordinated and efficient disaster governance approaches contribute to long-term sustainability. The objective of this course is to provide students with a sound knowledge on major and emerging issues and viewpoints confronting recent trend on disaster governance, policy and risk management. The course will also develop the skills of students to analyze the critical issues and challenges on the risk governance and policy related to the natural hazards.
IN84.06  Disaster Response and Emergency Management
The objective of this course is to provide knowledge and skills for emergency preparedness, planning and response, and to build professional competence for post-disaster risk assessment and communication. The course focuses on meeting immediate basic needs of the affected areas and communities as a short term measure of overall disaster management process.
IN84.11  Mitigation of Earthquake Disasters
The earthquake has wide range effects and can be devastating to people. To effectively minimize the earthquake disasters, its mitigation concept is inevitably involved in many braches of sciences.  The course provides the essential knowledge on the natures and evaluations of each earthquakes impact including ground shaking, earthquake-induced landslide, liquefaction and tsunami. Consequently, the course introduces the measures, emergency response and recovery plans, strategies for protection and loss estimation and risk and vulnerability analysis against these disasters.
IN84.12  Floods and Droughts
Floods and droughts are one of the most destructive natural phenomena in Asia and around the world. They can cause serious damage to life, properties, public utilities and infrastructures. They hamper social and economic growth of developing countries. Knowledge on hydrology of floods and droughts; understanding on their causes, frequencies and magnitudes are required to achieve effective management and mitigation measures of floods and droughts.
IN84.31  Human Conflicts and Humanitarian Emergency Management
The main objective of the course is to focus on nature and causes of human conflicts. It aims at searching possible solutions to the problems arising out of the conflicts: both short and long-term with particular emphasis on the roles of the development workers and policy makers.
IN84.9007  Selected Topic: API Course in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
API: DMHA or the Asia Pacific Initiative on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance is a hybrid online disaster training course via video conferencing and content on an e-course management system. This course is offered through a multiple site video teleconference system that connects all participating educational institutions with students on their respective campuses. The video teleconference connections are established through Internet protocol and network bridging. Institutions from around the globe continue to collaborate and share resources in the planning, organizing and delivering of the course.

It has a website that has several sections starting with an introductory seminar covering a broad range of topics related to Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA). Presentations originate from participating member institutions, and include contributions from academics, practitioners, government policy makers and international organizations. Additional materials and resources are found in the website, and whenever possible, include live links to source information.

The course director of API: DMHA from AIT is Dr. Indrajit Pal. The course is offered once a year during August semester by Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) program.

IN84.9008  Selected Topic: Multi-stakeholder Engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction
This course offers students the opportunity to learn about disasters in the context of inclusive community and neighborhood preparedness. The intensive summer course covers broad perspectives on the roles of wider membership of a community in disaster preparedness. The Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 emphasizes a multi-stakeholder approach to increase resilience in regional governance.  While case studies on community-based DRR are provided throughout the course, particular focus will be placed on some policy frameworks for DRR engaging a variety of individuals and organizations as well as some training programs available for citizens and professionals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Students are expected to discuss the contents and meanings of these community multi-stakeholder based DRR policies and programs, where people with diverse backgrounds, including those who are vulnerable to natural disasters, are involved in the preparedness.