Online DRM Program

The accredited TorqAid online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been running since mid 2016, but this will now close at the end of June 2020. The program name was changed from ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM)’ in 2019.  There are five modules on offer, namely Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues; Recent Global Disasters; Risk Management; Participatory Project Management (PPM); and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs).  Follow the link below to this program brochure

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When accompanied by follow-up assignments, the online PDRM is granted Recongition of Prior Learning at Masters levels with specific courses offered by a couple of Australian universities.  The link below includes details of these two university series of courses, together with the assignments on offer.

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If you are interested in registering for this online PDRM, please complete the ‘Intention to Register’ Form below. We are aiming to commence our next cohort of students in early 2020.

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Bushfires

The Australian 2019/2020 bushfire season has been unprecedented in its intensity and geographical spread. Following the fires, Chris has spent some time working as a Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) for a major church body operating across Victoria, this involving him visiting affected communities in the east of Victoria.  Follow the link below for Chris’ role as a BRA.

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The next TorqAid online acccredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. There are five modules relating to this, with the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires being a major case study at the end of the first module (Key DRM Issues & Diagrams). Follow the link below for this PDRM program.

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Chris also prepared an article on the bushfires for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria’s (GTAV) quarterly ‘Interaction’ magazine.  This includes some suggested Classroom Activities for Secondary level students.  Read a copy of the GTAV article below.

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Finally, note the links to both a bushfire-related Bibliography, and a separate Agency Directory.

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DRM-Framework

Over the past 19 years or so, TorqAid has worked with its students to develop a diagrammatic framework of key diagrams, which together describe key aspects of all disasters. This is called a ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’. This article (May 2020 version), which is updated monthly, can be found here.

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There is some key information here for the Global Humanitarian Practitioner. This includes:

  • Four key TorqAid diagrams, namely the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC); the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram; the DRM Planning diagram; and the Project Management Cycle (PMC).
  • Two versions of both the DRMC and DRR, one relating to sudden onset hazards/potential disasters (eg earthquakes, cyclones, bushes), and the other to slow-onset varieties (such as drought or climate change).  Jpeg versions of the 2020 editions of all these diagrams can be found on www.torqaid.com/resources
  • A short paragraph on postulated ‘Theory of Change’ for each of these four diagrams (see pages 4, 7, 10 and 19)
  • A compact, but compehensive, section on Risk (see pages 11-17), including comments on Risk, Hazards, Vulnerability, Capacity, Resilience, the ISO 31000 risk management framework, Risk Matrix, and Risk Management Table
  • A couple of pages (pages 22-24) on suggested Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)