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Emergency Management Summer Institute

Summer institute students

The Emergency Management Summer Institute is a five-day programme held every March in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Emergency Management Summer Institute 2020

9th - 13th March 2020
Massey University
Wellington campus
Aotearoa New Zealand

About the Course 

This short course programme has been developed to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to selected topics relating to emergency management. Each course will begin with an introduction and review of Aotearoa New Zealand and international research and practice. The topics will then be explored through a series of relevant case studies. The final session of each module will provide practical tools and guidance for turning the ‘theory to practice’.

The Summer Institute will also be part of the Massey University course 130.706 Emergency Management in Practice (30 credits). If you are enrolled in the Massey course you will automatically be enrolled for the Summer Institute, at no additional cost. However, you do not need to be enrolled in the course to attend the Summer Institute.  For more information, check out Massey University’s Emergency Management teaching programme.

Day 1: Monday 9 March 2020: 9am-4:30pm 
Emergency management planning 

This course will explore the range of emergency management planning processes and discuss issues that need to be addressed at a CDEM Group, community and organisational level. It will introduce the fundamental emergency management concepts and how these are applied in Aotearoa New Zealand and examine a number of recent events.

Day 2: Tuesday 10 March 2020: 9am-4:30pm
Kaupapa Māori in disasters 

The day will be hosted at a local marae and explore how to better understand the roles of Māori attributes (knowledge, values and practices) during disasters, drawing on some past experiences of iwi, hapū and marae. 

Day 3: Wednesday 11 March 2020: 9am-4:30pm 
The wellbeing of our people

Drawing on recent research in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and internationally, this course will provide an evidence-based framework for understanding the role of public education (including schools), community engagement and public participation in building resilient communities. Case studies will examine both Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas examples of public education and community engagement initiatives and discuss monitoring and evaluation strategies.

Day 4: Thursday 12 March 2020: 9am-4:30pm 
Classroom in the coach 

During this day we will undertake a field excursion to explore many aspects of emergency management planning, land-use planning and options for mitigation in the Wellington and Hutt Valley. We will visit tsunami hazard zones, discuss tsunami warnings, explore the Wellington Fault, look at land-use planning for earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and flooding, examine community-based preparedness activities and visit to the GeoNet operations centre.

Day 5: Friday 13 March 2020: 9am-4:30pm 
Developing effective all-hazard warning systems 

This course will examine issues around improving the public’s response to warning systems for weather, flooding, tsunami and other hazards. It will explore international examples of effective end-to-end warning systems and discuss research into the effectiveness of these systems. It will discuss existing training approaches among emergency response agencies and ways to improve these by developing and implementing new technologies and training methods. The course will also address the role of communities in developing and maintaining effective systems.

Registrations are now open.

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Emily for alternative payment options.


Emily Campbell
Joint Centre for Disaster Research
Massey University
Phone: +64 4 979-3216

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