THE SPECIFICS: Disaster Preparedness
The following guide is designed as an aid to the presentation of
the module on Disaster Preparedness. Although the overheads provided and the
cues to the presentation are a complete set, they are really only a starting
point for your presentation.
If your available time is less than 3 hours for the full
presentation, you will have to decide which points to cover and which to delete.
If your personal experience has given you additional insights or illustrations
of the points presented, integrate them into your presentation. You may want to
add or delete overheads to the presentation.
Similarly, you must know your audience and their needs in order
to make the presentation pertinent to the group. If the information is available
early enough, you can alter the material to suit the particular needs of the
trainees. Remember, the guide is for a "generic" presentation on this topic.
Your input can help "bring the information home" to the participants.
Materials you will need
All of the usual items required for these presentations are
listed under the first part of this guide: "The Basics." Some additional items
particular to this module include:
· Copies of the
training module on Disaster Preparedness. You may prefer to distribute these at
the end of the session in order to keep the group more focused on the
· A copy of the UNDP/UNDRO
Disaster Management Manual
· Copies of other illustrative
documents to which you may have access
· Copies of the module, "An
Overview of Disaster Management"
This presentation is based on a total session of three hours.
Introduce yourself. Have participants introduce themselves,
perhaps by using one of the icebreakers recommended in "The Basics."
Introduce the topic of disaster preparedness. Explain your
format, schedule, and arrangements for breaks and messages.
Ask participants to modify as they see fit your list of learning
If time allows, the following exercise would be very useful.
Request the participants to turn to the Appendix of the module. This is the
checklist of basic information required by a UN-DMT and is taken from the
UNDP/UNDRO Disaster Management Manual. Nevertheless, the information to which it
refers will be of interest to a very wide audience.
The activity is for you to assign each highlighted topic (for
example "Disaster profile of country") to 1-3 participants. (14 topics in total)
Give them 3-5 minutes to read their section and then ask each in turn where they
would go to get the information requested by that part of the checklist.
WRAP-UP (15 minutes)
· Recall major
issues covered in the session.
· Identify questions left
· Ask everyone to complete the
evaluation form and thank them for