Disaster Preparedness and Management Workshop

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:51)

30 April – 2 May 2012, Yangon, Myanmar


I. Introduction:
Asia and Pacific region is the most, disaster prone region in the world. In the last decade there has been an alarming increase of disasters of different kinds including typhoons/cyclones, mudslides, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and other natural hazards that caused losses of lives and sources of livelihood, and destruction of properties in the region. During these times, the encouraging solidarity and support from many member Movements in the world including international partners and other collaborative agencies, have been remarkable as manifested in various responses to help mobilize support and resources for internally initiated relief and long-term rehabilitation programmes.

It appeared, however, that many YMCAs, and the communities they work with, affected by disasters were not really prepared to respond to the situation and lacked the capacity to organize effective responses to different emergency disaster situations.

It is regarding this that the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) is organizing a common platform for gaining and sharing knowledge, skills and capacities for movements often affected by disasters to develop and strengthen their capacities for disaster preparedness. This will help reduce the impact of disasters and enable them to take an active role in supporting communities, particularly young people and children, in preparing for, responding to, and reducing the risk of disasters through community-based disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities.


II. Objectives:
Overall objective:
To build the capacity of national/local YMCAs in the region to manage disasters by preparing to respond to them, and reducing the risk disasters present to these national and local YMCAs, and the communities they work with.

Specific objectives:

1. To prepare respective YMCAs to be organizationally ready to respond to disasters and able to implement/support emergency response activities as needed, including having an understanding of standards and accountability;

2. To ensure all participating YMCAs understand the importance of, and are confident in following and using, the WAY International Coordination Protocol for Emergency Response, and the WAY Emergency Appeal Guidelines, including completing the Emergency Appeal Templates necessary for requesting assistance;

3. To share information on activities which YMCAs are implementing at the national, local and community levels which prepare for disasters and reduce the risk of them; and to discuss what other activities might be suitable for YMCA implementation to reduce disaster risk.


III. Learning Components and Strategies:

  1. Presentations on the WAY Protocol for Emergency Response;
  2. Workshop/exercises in disaster scenarios, rapid needs assessments, and completing WAY Emergency Appeal templates;
  3. Sharing some experiences, good practices and lessons learned from emergency response activities of YMCAs in the region;
  4. Discussions on activities which YMCAs could implement to reduce the risk of disasters at the national, local and community levels;
  5. Discussions on how to ensure young people are involved in emergency response and disaster preparedness activities, and the most suitable role for them; and
  6. Introduction to the Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide and Toolkit.


IV. Expected Outcomes:

  1. The participants are expected to be able to share their learning with colleagues and local YMCAs on preparing for disasters;
  2. The participants are expected to understand and be able to follow the WAY Protocol for Emergency Response and be able to complete the corresponding Emergency Appeal templates and a strengthened understanding of the importance of following reporting procedures ;
  3. The participating YMCAs will understand how activities can reduce the risk of disasters and will be able to identify potential community-based disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities for their respective movements to implement;
  4. The participating national movements are expected to identify a focal person for disaster management activities (if none exist) who will keep in contact with the other identified focal persons in the region, and with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergencies Advisor at Y Care International, for continued experience sharing and project development.


V. Criteria for nomination/selection of Participants:

Participants primarily targeted are staff at decision-making level involved in the operational work of national YMCAs (i.e. Disaster Management focal persons, National General Secretaries, Programme Managers etc.), with a very good level of English. Participants from local YMCAs will also be considered if they have significant experience of emergency response and disaster management and have a leading role on this within the national movement. A balance of gender and youth participation will also be considered and a maximum of 3 nominations per national movement should be made.


VI. Participation Fees and Subsidies:
There will be limited travel and participation subsidies for national movements who are in financial difficulties. The Registration fee, inclusive of the green fund in the amount of US$50.00 is mandatory to all participants including those who will receive subsidies.


VII. Deadline for submission of participants and filled-up forms will be on 20th March 2012.


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