Emergency and Disaster Training and Exercising: An Introduction

Explore the role of training and exercising for emergency preparedness and how it can help you respond to disasters effectively.

Emergency and Disaster Training and Exercising: An Introduction

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is part of the program Training and Exercise Design and Delivery, which is one of the building blocks that leads to degrees in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience and MSc Disaster Management and Resilience. Find out more.

Learn the value of building your skills to prepare for and respond to disasters

Emergency and disaster response organisations need to continuously review and improve their skills to successfully perform their jobs. On this course, you will explore the benefits and limitations of training and exercising to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

You will evaluate the role of training and development within the risk management and emergency preparedness process. You will examine the types of skill exercises that can benefit organisations and how they successfully address specific training needs.

What topics will you cover?

  • Capabilities for preparedness and response

  • Capabilities vs capacity

  • Introducing training and development as a cycle

  • Learning domains

  • The emergency management professional

  • Benefits and limitations of exercising

  • Types and scales of exercise

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the role of training and exercising in risk management and emergency preparedness
  • Assess training and development as a cycle and a lifelong process
  • Evaluate some key challenges in exercise design
  • Assess the value of various types and scales of exercise

Who is the course for?

This course is for people with roles in emergency and disaster planning and response. It would benefit those with a role in business continuity planning and training exercise designing within organisations.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Yung-Fang Chen

Yung-Fang Chen

Assistant Professor in disaster management and emergency planning at Coventry University, The focus of my research is on the risk communication and pedagogy for emergency response exercises.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Training and Exercise Design and Delivery, which is one of the building blocks that leads to degrees in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience and MSc Disaster Management and Resilience.

Improve training through an understanding of demands in the emergency sector and the learning needs of individuals and emergency teams. Plus, test capabilities and assumptions to ensure a readiness to