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2.1 General objectives of training programmes

The general objectives of training in disaster management in a country or an organisation can be broadly classified as short-term and long-term. The short-term objective of training can be limited to the creation of an interest in the idea of training, and to begin to establish a dialogue amongst the various audiences.

These short-term (or immediate) objectives may include:

· raising awareness at the various levels - for example, national, regional and local levels on disaster management

· creating a platform for exchange of ideas, problems and sharing of experiences

· initiating co-ordination among ministries, agencies and organisations

· drawing attention of the public, media, decision-makers etc. to the relevance of disaster management training

· stimulating improved response to disaster events

· dealing with the most immediate needs and current problems. The long-term objectives, by definition, require sustainability of the programme over time and replicability in diverse sectors, levels or geographical areas. These objectives may include:

· providing continuous broad staff development on the theory and practice of disaster management

- sectoral training
- professional training
- resource staff training (training the trainers)

· facilitating abilities, roles and motivations

· facilitating regular exercising of the management process and preparedness plans to identify gaps and capabilities

· institutionalising training as an integral part of mitigation and preparedness programmes

· establishing regional links with countries of similar problems, and inter-agency training activities

· regional and national networking and co-operation to share resources and achievements

· creating learning organisations