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 (since early March) been working as a Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) for a major church body operating across Victoria, this involving him visiting and supporting affected communities in the east of Victoria.  Follow the link below for Chris’ role as a BRA.

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In January 2020 Chris 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.  This gives a good overview of the Emergency Response Stage of the bushfires; some comments on the recovery challenges throughout 2020, this complicated by COVID-19; and some thoughts on future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, these including some related to climate change.

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Based on his BRA work, Chris has prepared an article on training for bushfire-related field staff and volunteers, these people involved in recovery work within a COVID-19 context.

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This article is included in Module 1 of the Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) prpgram which runs from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020.  Follow the links both to this PDRM.

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Finally, enclosed below are links to both a somewhat more comprehensive bushfire-related Bibliography, and separate Agency Directory.

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DRM-Framework

Over the past 20 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 (Sept/Oct 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, 12 and 21)
  • A new section on COVID-19 (see pages 11/12), and the adverse effects this has over time on the six key components of the DRR diagram
  • A compact, but compehensive, section on Risk (see pages 14-20), including comments on Risk, Hazards, Vulnerability, Capacity, Resilience, the ISO 31000 risk management framework, Risk Matrix, and Risk Management Table.  This includes a risk matrix on monsoon rains and tropical cyclones for Cox’s Bazar (p.19)
  • A couple of pages (pages 24/25) on suggested Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)

The illustrations in this article are covered in the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, which is running from late July through to early November 2020.  Follow the link below for this program.

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