Volunteers during media coaching session.
DOHA: The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) recently organised an advanced disaster management training programme in preparation for the fifth disaster management camp to be held in early April.
The four-day event, held at QRC’s headquarters in Doha, is part of an annual programme with the objective of building disaster preparedness capacity of the volunteers and the community in general.
The programme, organised by a group of QRC’s disaster management specialists, aimed at training 26 volunteers from different nationalities for four hours a day.
It contained a series of theoretical and practical training sessions such as: disaster management policy, leadership skills, assessment and planning in emergencies, stress control, media coaching, code of conduct, roles and responsibilities, field security and safety, the operations room, team management, emergency action plans, project planning and local NGO engagement..
All the trainees who attended this course will be invited to participate in a series of other courses to eventually become qualified instructors.
QRC will launch the fifth disaster management training camp from April 1 to April 10 at Al Khor Marine Scout Camp under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
The camp is part of QRC’s strategy to improve the lives of vulnerable groups by mobilising the power of humanity in Qatar and abroad. Previous camps were held in 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013 and the fifth edition will involve 250 regional and local and trainees from more than 20 National Societies of the Red Crescent Societies in the GCC and Mena region. A number of partners will support QRC in the fifth camp, including the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), the Qatari Armed Forces and the Scout and Guide Association of Qatar.