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Welcome back

Watch the video which introduces the second week of the short course, Emergency and Disaster Training and Exercising: An Introduction.
Welcome to week two. We hope you gained something from our exploration of training, learning and development and its role in developing the capacity of individuals and organizations to respond in emergencies and disasters. This week we’re going to consider how training and exercising are related and how they complement each other, and how exercising can be used to demonstrate the practical skills of individuals as well as looking for limitations in the processes and procedures of emergency organizations. We’re going to take a look at what is exercising, why we exercise and what are the benefits and limitations of different types of exercises.
Hopefully by the end of the week we’ll see that it’s really important to make a distinction between training activities and exercising.
In the second week of this course we will focus more on the importance of exercising in the emergency and disaster management sector.
This week you will:
  • Discover the history of exercising in the sector
  • Assess the drivers behind exercising
  • Discuss whether exercises can both train and test
  • Explore different approaches to exercising
  • Listen to experts discussing the most appropriate approaches to exercising
  • Identify the role of technology in modern exercising strategies
  • Create your own training and exercising strategy

Your task

To start this week, we’d like you to address the following question:
How do you define exercising in the context of emergency management?
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Emergency and Disaster Training and Exercising: An Introduction

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