With the increasing number and scale of natural and man-made disasters, the building of disaster resilience has become crucial from local to national levels so as to allow communities to be better prepared for uncertainty.
Training and exercising are essential for effective disaster management and these may range from traditional table top exercises to the computer aided learning environment and to full scale exercises. Training and exercising are regularly used to develop, maintain and share the knowledge, skills and attitudes for Emergency service personnel and they have been recognised to be an effective vehicle for enhancing disaster resilience. Challenges remain however, in terms of the level of fidelity and in validation and evaluation. This conference aims to facilitate discussion in the following themes:
- Approaches to delivering disaster risk reduction training in local communities and schools;
- Best practice of training and/or exercising carried out in the emergency services;
- Innovative methods for training exercises, from low fidelity to virtual world;
- Methodologies for evaluating training and exercises: assessing technical and non-technical skills, and learning at individual team and organisational levels
The conference opens a channel for both academic and professionals to share best practice in planning, designing and delivering training and exercises for the emergency services. It also provides an opportunity for analysing range of approaches to enhance the effectiveness of training and exercising for increasing resilience to disasters.