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  • 9th international course on earthquake vulnerability reduction Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

    Date: 21 - 30 Apr 2014
    Country: Thailand
    City/State: Bangkok

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9th international course on earthquake vulnerability reduction

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Type: Training Course Date: 21 - 30 Apr 2014 Location: Thailand (Bangkok)


Earthquake vulnerability is rapidly increasing worldwide, especially in developing countries. The rapid urbanization, lack of proper planning, constraint of resources to response, absence of vulnerability reduction measures, poor enforcement of existing measures, and most importantly lack of awareness of the community are the main reasons for increasing this vulnerability. The need to combat the resultant colossal destruction of earthquake has been at the forefront concern of vulnerable nations.

An earthquake is a natural event and its risk cannot be completely eliminated. However, the destruction of earthquake can be minimized largely by comprehensive earthquake preparedness and mitigation strategies. The earthquakes in Haiti and Chile provide a good comparative example. Given the fact that both countries sit atop of large active faults, in the first quarter of 2010, Haiti faced a major earthquake of 7.0 magnitude which resulted to about 230,000 deaths, while Chile which was hit with even more severe quake of 8.8 magnitude had only 486 deaths. This incomparable difference between the two countries’ causalities comes from the implementation of comprehensive earthquake preparedness and mitigation strategies.

The Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction Course (EVRC) has been designed to achieve the goal of supporting the creation of earthquake resilient society. With rich experiences in providing similar training courses on natural disaster risk reduction at international level, ADPC provides a model training experience in this course by integrating study materials, audio visual tools, and interactive learning strategies, while bringing together earthquake preparedness and mitigation experience from severely affected countries around the world.


Relationship between rapid unstable development and earthquake vulnerability
Hands-on practices on diagnostic tools and techniques for earthquake hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment
Effective strategies for earthquake vulnerability reduction and resistance
Multi-sectoral partnership for implementing comprehensive earthquake vulnerability reduction strategies
Capacity building on earthquake preparedness & response functions, and planning &recovery for sustainable development


By completing the course, the EVRC participants will learn how to

Develop organized approaches for understanding earthquake riskand its impacts
Measure the extent of earthquake vulnerability, and assess the capacity to response
Formulate and apply appropriate strategies for comprehensive earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction
Prepare for earthquake emergencies for efficient earthquake vulnerability reduction
Integrate earthquake risk management strategies with recovery and rehabilitation plans and programs


EVRC offers a comprehensive approach to the development of earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction strategies, which enables an outlook of earthquake situation, and addresses required measures for preparedness and planning to response. The course brings out theoretical knowledge, state-of-art practices, as well as successes and failures of global earthquake risk management experience. The course is divided into four modules with key topics as following:

Module 1: Principles of Earthquake Risk Reduction

Linkages between urbanization and earthquake risk at national, regional and global level
Earthquake and collateral hazards
Basic concepts and operational terminologies in earthquake risk reduction
Understanding the disaster risk management process

Module 2: Tools and Techniques of Earthquake Risk Assessment

Geological mechanism of earthquake
Process of earthquake hazard assessment and micro-zoning
Assessment of earthquake vulnerability with respect to building and lifelines
Understanding the social and economic vulnerability to earthquake
Tools for rapid earthquake risk assessment
Earthquake damage assessment and loss estimation using HAZUS

Module 3: Earthquake Vulnerability and Risk Reduction Strategies

Concepts of earthquake risk reduction
Approaches for non-structural earthquake risk mitigation
Economics of earthquake vulnerability reduction
Institutional setup/policy framework for earthquake vulnerability reduction

Module 4: Planning for Earthquake Risk Reduction

Damage and need assessment during earthquake disaster event
Search and rescue operations and developing response mechanism
Incident command system
Mass casualty management
Contingency planning for earthquake risk management
City level action planning for earthquake safety
Planning for seismic safety at community and household level
Earthquake vulnerability reduction planning and project implementation
Capacity building for empowering various stakeholders
Planning for reconstruction and recovery
Resource management and response planning


EVRC will be facilitated by internationally experienced practitioners and experts from ADPC and other partner organizations.


All teaching and reference materials are in English.Participants must be fully conversant in English.

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What is included in the event fee

The standard course fee of US$2,825 covers the course tuition, training materials, accommodation with breakfast, and meeting package. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch and dinners, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek own accommodation can choose an alternative course fee package B of US$2,075

Target Audience


This course is particularly useful for those concerned with earthquake vulnerability reduction upon the development context. It is open to all countries. Participation by decision makers, elected and appointed national and local administrators, development and planning authorities, as well as officials in urban planning, housing, public works, and related sectors. is especially encouraged. The course is of a certain benefits to private real estate land developers, personnel from emergency response agencies, and officials from UN, NGOs, and other international agencies working on disaster risk reduction and mitigation.

The class size is limited to 25 persons. ADPC accepts nomination on a “first come, first served” basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement.

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