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Disaster Communication and Early Warning System


Communication before, during and immediately after a disaster situation is an important component of response and recovery, in that it connects affected people, families, and communities with first responders, support systems, and other family members. Reliable and accessible communication and information systems also are key to a community’s resilience. Early warning systems are means by which people receive relevant and timely information in a systematic way prior to a disaster in order to make informed decisions and take action. For lives to be saved and general reduction of the impacts brought about by disasters, effective and reliable communication and early earning mechanisms need to be put in place. This course will equip participants with the knowledge, skills and technical knowhow of how to effectively communicate before, during and after disasters occur

MODULE 1: Basic course is an introduction to effective communication

  • Introduction to Effective Communication
  • Effective Communication
  • Factors Affecting Communication
  • Communication Styles
  • Key Skills

MODULE 2: Diverse Communication Systems and Protocols

It is divided into four lessons

  • Communication in Practice
  • Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Joint Information System (JIS)
  • Developing Communications Plans

Lesson 1 begins with a discussion of the different levels of communication and their relationship to an organization’s goals and objectives, more specifically:

  • Communication Principles
  • Strategic Communication
  • Operational Communication
  • Tactical Communication

Lesson 2 will then address the duties and functions of a Public Information Officer (PIO), with a focus on:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

Lesson 3 continues by describing the operations and structure of a Joint Information System (JIS) as it relates to public information, in particular:

  • Components of a JIS
  • Joint Information Centre (JIC)

Lesson 4 concludes by outlining the key elements of a message, in order to develop communications plans

MODULE 3: Diverse Audiences and Tailored Messaging

It is divided into two lessons:

  • Communication with the Public
  • Developing Communication Products

Lesson 1 takes a “whole community” approach to disaster communications and is broken up into the following topic areas

  • “Whole Community” Approach
  • Understanding “Whole Community” Needs
  • Considerations for Developing a “Whole Community” Message

Lesson 2 details communication activities that should be taken before an incident occurs, with a focus on:

  • Developing Communication Products
  • Core Communication Products

MODULE 4: Alerts and Warnings

It is divided into three lessons:

  • Alerts and warnings
  • Social media capabilities
  • Alternative communication methods

Lesson one provides an overview of the criteria for issuing warnings and alerts in the following sections

  • Alerts
  • Warnings
  • Implementing alerts and warnings

Lesson 2 describes the way social media can facilitate information management

Lesson 3 details the alternative means of community outreach apart from mass media.

MODULE 5: Communication in Disaster Management

Module 5 of the DCW-Basic course looks at “Communication in Disaster Management”.

It is comprised of a single, experiential lesson which seeks to test the understanding of information gained throughout the course.


  • Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


  • The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.
  • All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


  • Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


  • The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.
  • All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


  • Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.
  • Email:
  • Mob: +254 715 077 817
  • Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail 


  • Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 23rd September 2019.
  • Send proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


  • Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.
  • Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  • No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.
  • Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 07-10-2019
Event End Date 11-10-2019
Cut off date 23-09-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 69,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 790
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 920
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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