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Community Based Disaster Management: A Guide for Trainers

Knowledge Links Private Limited, Practical Action (Formerly ITDG-South Asia) and the Centre for Disaster Management, HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration.
Available from: Knowledge Links Pvt. Ltd., A10, Ground Floor, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, U.P. India 201010, Tel: +91 120 2772728, Email: or; HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India 302017, Tel: +91 141 2706556, Email:; ITDG-South Asia, 5 Lionel Edirisinghe Mawatha, Kirulapone, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka, Tel: +94 11 2829412, Fax: +94 11 2856188. Email:

 This guidebook is largely based on a similar trainer’s guide prepared by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) Bangkok but has been adapted to ensure the training programme is responsive to participants within India. This guidebook is targeted at (practicing and prospective) trainers involved in training frontline workers in community-based approaches to disaster management. Although the guidebook is designed for formal training programmes, it can be used for guided learning at work. The guidebook is also of relevance to planners, researchers, field workers as reference material on issues related to community based management of natural disasters. The guidebook is structured into four module: Module 1: Getting Started; Module 2: Understanding Disasters and Ways to Manage Them; Module 3: Acquiring Skills to Work with Communities at Risk, and Module 4: Learning from Experience: A Perspective from South Asia. Material for the modules was derived from the Livelihood Options for Disaster Risk Reduction (LODRR) project (see reference). The training programme is designed to increase awareness on disaster situation in South Asia. It covers differentiation between various approaches to disaster management, identification of specifically vulnerable groups in the community with a specific course component on gender issues in disaster management, hazards, vulnerabilities, capacities, disaster risk, and the tools for their assessment. The training methodology includes presentations and interactive discussions, simulation and role plays, individual exercises, experiential learning, case studies, workshops, field visits, and group and individual critique and reflection. A copy of the training manual and contacts of trainers and resource people can be obtained from ITDG-South Asia. Courses are organised periodically by ITDG-South Asia, the Rural Development Policy Institute Pakistan, ADPC Bangkok and Knowledge Links New Delhi. The manual is available in Sinhalese, Tamil, Hindi and English.

Key words: India, CBDM, disasters, trainer/training manual, gender issues in disasters