Data Collection & Preservation
Greetings from the Executive Director
Endorsement from the Cabinet Office of Japan
Endorsement from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of Japan
This course for heads of local governments provides instruction on the nature of crisis management, with a focus on natural disasters. The purpose of this course is to further improve the disaster management and crisis management infrastructure of local governments through discussion on such topics as the leadership demanded of local government leaders when responding to sudden and unexpected disasters. The Top Forum course was designed based on the knowledge gleaned from the latest research findings.
The Top Forum course is held in Hyogo Prefecture. The training curriculum was designed with assistance from other Japanese prefectures. The training is provided at the Hyogo Prefecture Government Office and elsewhere.
In addition to talks by the Executive Director and leaders in disaster management research and practice, the curriculum includes a variety of mock exercises that are based on the lessons learned and experience gained from past disasters, as well as on findings from disaster management research.
In mock exercises, instructors use documentary footage to teach trainees about hypothetical scenarios involving damage caused by earthquakes, tsunami or other major disasters. They also use this material to teach about the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. When a disaster strikes, the participants in this program need to make important decisions quickly and under circumstances that may challenge them with a lack of information or other difficulties.
The trainees in this course learn about the role a head of local government should play.
These courses, which provide Training for Disaster Response Experts, are designed for disaster management officials working for local governments and other such professionals.
- Practical training based on lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
- The emphasis of this training is on learning the lessons gleaned from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The content is practical, including mock exercises based on cases from real earthquakes.
- Capable Instructors
- Instructors in the Management Courses include the DRI Executive Director, the DRI’s Senior Researchers and academics from the Japanese government, as well as government officials and volunteers who were on the front lines responding to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
- Curriculum designed to impart the necessary disaster management skills
The ultimate goal of the Management Courses is to train personnel who will be at the center of disaster response operations.
The curriculum is set up so that trainees can improve the skills and knowledge they need as disaster management officials at a pace that suits their experience.
- Planning and execution by specialists
- The DRI’s researchers are actively involved in planning and executing the training program by lending their diverse expert perspectives to its design.
|The goal of the Advanced Course is to upgrade the capabilities of advisers to local government leaders and to engage in deeper learning about matters that will require policy decisions when major earthquakes occur in the future. One way trainees do this is by interacting with researchers and sharing ideas in small groups.||Officials at local governments’ disaster management and crisis management offices who may be expected to lead those offices in the future|
|When a major disaster occurs, officials must carry out a variety of responses all at the same time. Trainees in this course study this topic through specific case studies of disaster responses and mock exercises. The goal is for them to gain an overall understanding of the situation and improve their ability to handle their duties.
For example, one exercise in the course has the trainees learn about exchanging information between organizations as they consider the layout for setting up a disaster response center for a local government.
|Officials at local governments’ disaster management and crisis management offices|
|Trainees systematically study through mock exercises and lectures on basic matters. These matters include disaster response measures that are based on our experience with the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and theory relating to how disasters occur.||Relatively inexperienced officials at local governments’ disaster management and crisis management offices|
The Japanese government must respond to a wide range of disasters. There are numerous challenges confronting the many agencies on all levels of the government: national, prefectural and municipal. Among them are frontline organizations like fire departments and the Self-Defense Forces. The DRI created the Special Courses—classified as Training for Disaster Response Experts—to delve deeper into these kinds of disaster response issues. Topics and eligible participants are limited. The courses provide a practical and effective curriculum.
The purpose of this course is to enable officials engaged in running a local government’s disaster response center to do their job well and better inform the public when responding to a disaster.
One major goal of this course is to teach trainees how to think so they can decide how a local government will respond as an organization to a major disaster and operate in line with that policy to actively inform the public.
We aim for a more practical curriculum they goes beyond mere drills on a map: researchers use the knowledge they have accumulated to give stimulating lectures, while trainees perform mock exercises in an inland earthquake scenario in a fictitious area by using a map exercise system developed by the DRI.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has contracted the DRI to conduct separate national and local training sessions for participants to learn about disaster response measures while studying case studies about Japan’s disaster management infrastructure. This program is intended to inform the world about Japan’s experience with the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the lessons we learned from the disaster.
Volunteer Coordinator Course
Private organizations across Japan have accumulated a great deal of knowledge about disaster response through their experience handling the numerous disasters that have occurred since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. By partnering with people involved in civic action related to disaster relief and reconstruction, this course provides knowledge that is both practical and useful, with the goal of teaching students how to put this knowledge into practice.
The Fruits of Our Labor
The DRI’s goal was to develop a standard curriculum geared toward local government leaders. The Top Forum has stimulated participants to think about the role of local government leaders (including directors of disaster response centers), decision-making bodies and government offices.
The DRI has compiled a collection of ideas and training exercises that is provided to Top Forum coordinators.
Map Drills & Publicity Course
We provide open access to information about this course, including its objectives, to give local governments helpful ideas they can use when conducting exercises with maps or carrying out other related work.
Lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
“Lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake” is a textbook compiled in Hyogo Prefecture by the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, with assistance from the JICA Hyogo Disaster Reduction Learning Center. Originally written in Japanese, it has been translated into three other languages.
Practical Workshop Guide for Disaster Volunteers
The DRI has produced a textbook based on the Volunteer Coordinator Course so that organizers can reproduce workshops designed to improve disaster response capabilities.