TorqAid Talks

Chris Piper is a qualified secondary teacher and adult educator, as well as university lecturer. He has facilitated accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops across Australia and overseas, and he also runs the TorqAid accredited online DRM program. From April to July 2018 he worked as a RedR Australia deployee to UNDP in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, as their Early Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist.

He is now offering ‘TorqAid Talks’ to clientele. These would mainly consist of secondary and tertiary students, as well as NGO personnel, but could include commercial companies supporting overseas humanitarian or development programs. The initial TorqAid Talk is on ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’, and the link to this talk is given below.

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Enclosed below are links to the following:    Chris’s background as a Humanitarian Expert (Adviser/Consultant, Trainer, Researcher)

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A summary of Chris’ work in Cox’s Bazar

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The ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’ Summary Sheet

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The the online DRM brochure.

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Hurricane Florence

At the time of writing (12th Sept), Hurriane Florence (currently Category 4) is moving from the Atlantic towards the Carolinas on the east coast of the USA. Over the next 7-10 days we will track progress of this hyurricane as it crossesa landfall. This makes for an interesting case study for the TorqAid online Disaster Risk Management students. Three initial documents are included here:
1. A modified TorqAid bibliography with the following references highlighted in yellow:
– A generalised ACAPS document on cyclones
– Earlier hurricanes in the Caribbean, namely Maria, Irma & Matthew
– Earlier tropical cyclones (TCs) in the SW Pacific, namely TC Pam & Gita
– The Typhoon Haiyan in the Philiipines
– Planning for cyclones in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
– Post cyclone recovery in Australis

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2. The TorqAid DRM diagrammatic framework, which includes seven key diagrams. These include the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram. Both of these will be refereed to in the days ahead. At the moment, the key components of both the DRMC and the DRR are early warning and possible evacuation from the approaching heavy weather, this including storm surge prone zones.

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The above mentioned TorqAid online DRM program can also be accessed here, with full links also found on www.torqaid.com/online-drm-program. A couple of the optional (for accreditation) assignment questions relate both to the DRMC and, separately, to lessons learnt from previous hurricane/cyclone/typhoon activity.

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Finally a copy of the key diagram, the DRMC, is included here.