DISASTER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME: DISASTER COMMUNICATION AND WARNING (DCW) FRENCH PILOT COURSE

                                                                      

DISASTER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME:

DISASTER COMMUNICATION AND WARNING (DCW) FRENCH PILOT COURSE

5 – 9 NOVEMBER 2018

COURSE INSTRUCTIONS

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre is offering a one week French pilot course in Disaster Communication and Warning (DCW) to limited number of disaster management practitioners, persons training to enter into a disaster management role, police personnel and military participants. This disaster management course reflects KAIPTC’s initiative in developing disaster management courses in support of West African disaster managers and their professional development in the civilian and security sectors. This is in line with building the capacity of disaster managers in support of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Response Mechanism (EHRM). The focus of the course therefore is to provide disaster management professionals with a basic understanding of different communication styles and skills; and the ability to create and implement DCW strategies for various disaster scenarios.

COURSE AIM

The course is designed to provide disaster management professionals with a basic understanding of different communication styles and skills; and the ability to create and implement DCW strategies for various disaster scenarios.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The one-week course will be conducted in French through a combination of interactive presentations, small exercises, and a scenario-based exercise to conclude the course.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course seeks to enable disaster management practitioners to:

  1. Communicate effectively under various emergency situations.
  2. Demonstrate basic disaster communication knowledge as well as identify elements of effective disaster communication.
  3. Determine what type of communication products are necessary to achieve desired outcomes and which templates would be most effective.
  4. Tailor messages for diverse audiences, and use social media and alternate communication methods to support disaster communication and warning or alerts/warnings.
  5. Draft a strategic communications plan to support strategic, operational, and/or tactical goals and objectives.

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively under various circumstances identify factors affecting communication, including communication styles, as well as key skills beneficial for disaster managers.
  2. Identify communication principles, and also differentiate between strategic, operational, and tactical communications.
  3. Recognize the roles of a Public Information Officer (PIO) and his/her role in an ICS and EOC.
  4. Understand the roles of a Joint Information System (JIS) and Joint Information Centre (JIC) throughout a disaster.
  5. Understand the “whole community” approach as it applies to the needs of various audiences and appropriate communication channels and/or techniques.
  6. Draft a communications plan, prepare a warning and alert message in response to a scenario, and distinguish criteria between sending alerts and warnings.
  7. Identify social media capabilities used for effective disaster communication and warning as well as their benefits and limitations.
  8. Identify alternate communications methods as well as Prepare a briefing on a community outreach programme.
  9. Apply disaster communication and warning knowledge and methods to effectively communicate in a natural disaster and/or a hazardous material incident.

 

COURSE CONTENT

The course will cover the following modules:

  1. Module 1: Introduction to Effective Communication.
  2. Module 2: Elements of Effective Disaster Communication.
  3. Module 3: Diverse Audiences & Tailored Messaging.
  4. Module 4: Alerts and Warnings.
  5. Module 5: Communication in Disaster Management/Exercise Scenario.

 

METHODOLOGY

The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the course. Participants will play active roles in the learning process under the supervised guidance of a team of experienced facilitators. The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of tools such as; lectures, case studies, small group work exercises and simulation among others. The course will be conducted in English.

 

TARGET GROUP

The principal target audience for the DCW French pilot course will be predominantly disaster management practitioners, persons preparing to enter into a disaster management role, police and military personnel. Disaster Management Agencies of nominating countries should strive to achieve gender balance of selected participants as much as possible.

 

COURSE FEES

This course is sponsored by KAIPTC and USAFRICOM. Nominated participants will contact the Course Director to coordinate their travel arrangement to KAIPTC. Participants who will require visa on arrival will also be responsible for their visa fees.

 

RELEVANT INFORMATION

Other relevant information are:

  1. The course will be conducted ONLY in FRENCH.
  2. Maximum intake on the course is 15 participants.
  3. Every participant will have to prove adequate health insurance coverage before travelling to the Centre. KAIPTC will not bear any health or accident costs for any participant.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Disaster Management Agencies of selected countries will nominate participants for the course. Nominated participants will send to the Course Director their résumé/CV. For military candidate, also provide organization/duty location and position currently held. Along with the résumé/CV, participants should send the bio-data page of the nominee passport

 

CONTACTS

Contacts of the Course Director is as follows:

Lt Col Dela Klutse

Course Director

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Tel +233-302-718200 – Ext 2038

Mobile +233 -262650279/+233-208725007

Email:

edemdela@yahoo.co.uk/dela.klutse@kaiptc.org

 

Selected participants should contact Dr. Anna Mensah on +233243360685 or Anna.Mensah@kaiptc.org for further details on the course