Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has held a two-day basic disaster management course at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) for 25 students, to prepare them for participation in the coming Disaster Management Camp to be organised by the end of this year.

The purpose of the course is to build the disaster response capacity among volunteers, practice difference activities of preparedness, and create a well-trained team ready for intervention in emergencies.

It is the first step for volunteers in the field of disaster preparedness, response, and management. Its curriculum is accredited by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Several lectures were delivered by eight relief experts on a wide range of topics such as: Overview of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent and Qatar Red Crescent, Disaster Management, Sphere Project, Nutrition, Logistics, Psychological Support, Field Assessment, Water and Sanitation, Risk Analysis, and Shelter and Camp Management.

During the course, the participants were divided into four working groups. The sessions involved brainstorming, teamwork, and practice. There were performed simulation scenarios, case studies, and emergency planning.

The attendees were introduced to the personal experiences of some members of QRCS Risk Reduction Team who took part in the relief mission of the affected by Nepal earthquake last year.

The course was commended by the trainees, who said they acquired valuable professional and practical knowledge and experience. They thanked QRCS for its constant efforts for developing their capabilities to be quite ready to help the distressed everywhere and raise public awareness. This, they maintained, promotes humanitarian action and volunteerism, in line with QRCS’s charitable message.

QRCS and GU-Q have already organised several basic disaster management course for more than 60 students.

Such courses are part of QRCS’s training and qualification portfolio, which involves holding community lectures and courses on safety and security, public health, first aid, surface water rescue.

Also, there are several basic and advance disaster management courses, culminating in the annual Disaster Management Camp, which is the only Arabic event of its kind. It seeks to build community capacity in preparedness, which is a national priority pursued by Qatar National Vision 2030.

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