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Training on Diasaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Emergency Management Team 

Training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Emergency Management Team

ProgramName: Training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Emergency Management Team.

Date: 4 October, 2018

Time: 9am to 5 pm

Venue:Emergency Management Warehouse, Zone-3, DNCC

Objective: To operationalize emergency warehouses by increasing city official’s knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction, to make them prepared in emergency response and activate the Disaster Incident Management Team at Zone level.

Number of participants: 35

Participant’s details:

  • Officials from different departments of Zone 3 office, DNCC
  • Members of DRR Community from ward 20 and 21 of DNCC
  • Respective councilors
  • Staffs of ward councilor office


Session wise activities

Session 1:

After the inaugural session by Engr. Dr. Tariq Bin Yousuf, main sessions of the training started. The first session was “understanding the concept of urban DRR and community base DRR” which was conducted by Mr. AshfaqurRahaman Asha, Senior Project Officer of SEEDS Asia. In this session participants gathered knowledge about basic terminologies of disasters such as Disaster, hazard, risk, vulnerability and Preparedness and prospects of various urban disasters in the context of Dhaka city. DRR Community members also got the opportunity to share their activities with city officials and ward councilors in this forum.



  • Understanding Urban Disasters and Community Based DRR


Session 2:

Ms. Miharu SATO, the project coordinator of SEEDS Asia shared the experience of devastating of Kobe earthquake in 1995 and working experience on DRRcommunity.From this, participants got an idea that what would be the condition right after an earthquake and what kind of challenge the general people and city official would face. She also explained why preparedness in community level is equally important aligned with Government.



Session 3:

Engr. Dr. Tariq Bin Yousuf, Project Director of Urban Resilience Project presented his session on “Role of Local Govt. in Emergency Management and DNCC’s initiatives in DRR”. He stated that since the zone level officials will be the member of zone disaster incident management team, it is necessary to build the basic understanding of DRR and the role and responsibility of local Govt. in disaster response. He also explained the functional aspect of emergency warehouse with how these incident management teams will activate during an emergency.



Session 4:

The basic rules and regulations of safe building construction is important to know for every individual, community and city officials as well. So the 4th session was on “basics of safe building construction” conducted by Engr, Abul Kashem, Deputy project director, of urban resilience project. He briefly discussed about the laws-acts related to building construction, process of getting approval of a building plan andcomponents of building code


Session 5 (DRR Games):

Since Dhaka city haven’t experienced any mega earthquake, most of the people don’t have proper knowledge on how they should response during an earthquake. So a shakeout drill was organized in this session where all the participants took part very actively. Withthe whistle ringing, theywere given two minutes to perform how they would response to protect themselves during earthquake. Most of the participants started running here and there and tried to go out of the building. After two minutes instructors sorted out their mistakes and described the drop-cover-hold concept. They also explained that as long as we feel the shake, we should keep ourselves in house and after stopping the shake we should evacuate to nearest open/safe place.

Instructors also discussed about other personal protection tips for disaster such as family plan, selection of evacuation space, emergency kit preparation, basic first aid and firefighting etc. Participants took part in another game on emergency bag preparation.The purpose of these game was to make the participants think about the situation and necessities after a disaster. A range of household and emergency materials were kept in front of them and they were asked to pick stuffs they think are required in emergency and after that they explained what stuffs and why they put those in their emergency bag. Here, Ms. Nishat Tusnime and Mr. Nazmul Nabid, both are project officer of SEEDS Asia were responsible to lead the whole session.

Session 6:

In the last session, trainers from FSCD conducted practical training on various emergency response activities. At first they gave an introduction on first aid materials previously kept in emergency warehouse and showed the first aid techniques for bleeding, injury, fracture etc.During demonstration participants also practiced different sling and bandage methods.


After first aid, trainers showed different emergency search and rescue techniques such as process of carrying an injured person,preparation of stretcher using two stick and blanket. They participated very actively and practiced the techniques they learned.

At the end, participants learned about basic firefighting tips and practically used fire extinguisher.