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Disaster Management

Course Overview

This highly innovative course provides professionals with a corporate or an academic interest in risk, crisis and disaster management an exceptional opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding across the whole subject area.

Disaster Management is a rapidly emerging subject for public and private organisations both of whom will have key roles in lessening the impact of future human ecological; food (FDA) safety; epidemiology, industrial and public health catastrophes.

Looking at UN guidance the course identifies that big disasters have dynamic and multi-faceted causes and are dependent on a growing number of factors: at international, national and at community level. The multi-disciplinary professional therefore has to deal with the disaster but also looking for and implementing strategies that could prevent or at least minimise the chance of them happening again or mitigating their impact. This high-powered course demonstrates that the subject is a continuous process, not just a reaction to a specific event.  

We can try to prepare for the worst, but big disasters cause chain reactions that some say we can't always anticipate. Our new course in Disaster Management looks at ‘’Black Swan’’ events, it is ideal therefore if you want to start or advance a career in risk management, emergency planning or catastrophe-related mitigation. On completion of this course delegates will exhibit a complete comprehension of:

  • all aspects of the disaster cycle and key management principles of planning, organising, co-ordinating and leading so that you can confidently take on the role of a Disaster Management professional
  • the analytical and policy issues of adopting an all hazards approach to the vulnerability of societal risk and planning for Disaster Management
  • the range of environmental, geological, public health (CCDC), Food & Drug Authority (FDA) and social science topics which influence Disaster Management
  • methodology on how to improve the resilience of your organisation, utilities and/or community
Who will benefit?

This state-of-the-art course will be ideal for specialist Public Health Protection professionals; Epidemiologists; Consultants in Communicable Diseases; Pandemic Officials, Government Food and Drug Administrators, Public Utility and Civil Defence managers.  In addition the course is recommended to all those managers who have been allocated an Emergency Response remit in their list of responsibilities.

Organisational Benefits

You will develop an understanding of the causes of disasters and their impacts through the analysis of case studies.  You will assess a range of risk reduction interventions, investigate how disaster and risk management can be mainstreamed into public or corporate policy and take a systematic approach to analysing disasters and crises.

  • Students will show familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of Disaster Management polices at international, national and importantly local levels
  • You will study the underpinning scientific principles of natural hazards, human-induced disasters plus technological risks of fires, radiation, loss of utilities & industrial pollution
  • You will also cover modern disaster management strategies and planning techniques for the mitigation, preparation, response and recovery phases
  • Challenge your government and/or media relations arrangements to pro-actively utilise social media platforms so you are always one step ahead in a disaster
  •  hazard prediction, assessment and mitigation
Personal Benefits
  • Your organisation will acquire the tools to ensure an improved state of preparedness and readiness at all levels
  • Appreciate the required strategies to retain your organisation’s reputation when successfully managing the myriad of social media outlets
  • the logistics of emergency planning and disaster management (preparedness, response, recovery, as well as the economics of disaster (local, national and international) will be fully demonstrated.
Course Content

Day 1 The Big Problem with Big Disaster Planning! The bigger the disaster, the bigger the challenge. Disasters: Hazard, Vulnerability Risk and Society

  • Introduction to Disasters & Emergency Management
  • Assessing and Managing the unexpected
  • Explanation of ‘Black Swan’ events
  • Hazard, vulnerability; Disaster mitigation, preparedness and response
  • Introduction to Integrated emergency planning procedures
  • Roles of key agencies in Disaster Management
  • How to improve Community & Organisational Resilience
  • Disaster theory, statistics and logistics
  • Case Study – Japan March 2011

Day 2 Hazards and People.

Here we focus on the relationship between hazards and people and consider our anticipation of the secondary reactions to the primary disaster.

  • Cyclones, storms, flash flooding, landslides, seismic events and tsunamis
  • Managing the environmental risk: pollution, geological, meteorological and biological
  • Hazards, Disasters and GIS
  • Food and Drug Authority responsibilities
  • Evaluating the humanitarian sector, early warning and response systems
  • Media management how to use social media to your advantage, twitter, face book and blogs – how to be one step ahead of the citizen journalist
  • Public Utilities, what should be considered, call centre adequacy and readiness?
  • Climate Change and Disaster Management
  • Case Study – Food contamination - China

Day 3 Crisis Management and Good Governance.

All organisations will now have procedures for crisis preparation and training, as well as risk identification frameworks. Here we examine the value of effective corporate governance, internal controls and accountability.

  • The influence on risk planning by stakeholder analysis and management effectiveness
  • Humanitarian Crisis Response
  • The economics of disaster (local, national and international)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility or Government Regulation? Example: evidence on Oil Spill Prevention
  • UNISDR United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • UNDP United Nations Development Programme
  • UNEP United Nations Environment Programme – Disaster & Conflicts
  • WHO World Health Organisation – MERS-CoV
  • Insurance and reinsurance disaster resilience
  • Case studies of good governance who got it right and who got it wrong!

Day 4 The basics of infectious diseases epidemiology and surveillance. What it's for; how it works; How the information is used; Public health prevention and control measures and communications

  • Public Health & CCDC Responsibilities
  • Crisis Complexity and Disaster Etiology
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Disease diffusion, epidemics and pandemics
  • Humanitarian Interventions and assistance and the use of NGO’s
  • Physical, psychological and social reconstruction of disaster-affected communities
  • Case study

Day 5  Safety, Security, Terrorism and Disaster Management

This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key issues surrounding managing risk and security, policing and terrorism with a focus on global issues and their impact at the local level.

  • Understanding Terrorism, Global Security, Geopolitical Issues and Policing
  • Fire Safety Management – Tower Blocks!
  • Business continuity
  • Post Disaster reconstruction & recovery, what needs to be considered?
  • Training and Testing the procedures, teams and theories
  • Open Forum
Training Methodology:

The training process is based on a carefully planned mix of succinct tutor input - with practical illustration of tools and concepts, group work on case studies (all video based - and lively), feedback, and selective work on individual issues in pairs. Team involvement and working enable a strategy to be created from start to finish.  The Training is based on the 4 mat systems to enable complete learning. There will also be some opportunity for role play. You will receive an electronic toolkit within the material for subsequent everyday use.


Dr. Lawrence E. Salvoni.  PhD; DMS; MICD; MEPS; MIMgt’ MBCI.     

Lawrence is a Consultant sharing his extensive experience in the preparation and exercising of emergency response and crisis management plans.

A background in telecommunications management and training with the RAF, Royal Saudi Air Force and with UK Police.  A second career evolved as a Risk and Emergency Planning Manager for UK Government and then being selected as an auditor of Petro-Chemical sites within the EU.

Recently managing his own successful UK consultancy Lawrence advises companies and governments on how to plan for and respond to disasters from whatever cause.

Based on this experience Lawrence is now a regular visitor to the EU, Middle and Far East leading on seminars, conferences, training and exercise programmes. 

Qualifications: Doctorate of Philosophy in Emergency & Disaster Management, Diploma in Management Studies, Business Continuity Management and Occupational Health & Safety.

We can come to you !

Did you know Synergy can come to you and deliver this workshop ‘In Company’ at your own venue or location. If you have three or more people who you would like to benefit from attending this workshop our trainer can travel to you and deliver the same specification of course for your staff at a fraction of the overall cost.

If you’d like to know more about this option please contact us on 0121 605 7533 or email us at – our operations team manages all of our ‘In Company’ events and we can talk you though the logistics, pricing and whether you’d like the workshop as advertised here or something tailor made just for your business.

We have several packages on offer so contact us today.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal commitment to keeping your professional knowledge up to date, improving your capabilities, proving commitment and competency in your profession. It focuses on what you learn and how you progress throughout your career, helping you gain more credibility within your industry, with your employer, clients and gain competitive edge over your peers.

Being actively committed to CPD may in the future:
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  • Maintain professional recognition
  • Showcase your achievements, attributes and your brand
  • Accelerate your career prospects
  • Deliver job satisfaction: ensuring you are Career focused
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By attending Synergy Courses you can be assured that attendance, completion and certification will be rewarded by CPD points. To help advance your professional status CPD recognition is awarded on both public workshops and in-house courses, being dependent on the number of hours spent learning. On request Synergy Training Group will provide a certificate of attendance for you to use as evidence and to attach to your record card.

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