Course on Emergency Telecommunications
In response to the needs identified by the young participants in the
ITU-TELECOM–Youth Forum, held in Busan, Korea, from 7 to 11 September 2004, the
Youth Programme of the ITU Development Sector in conjunction with the ITU Focal
Point for Emergency Telecommunications has developed a basic course on Emergency
This particular course on Emergency Telecommunications was specifically
targeted to young men and women, with no prior knowledge of emergency management
or technologies related to emergency warning and relief.
The material of the course covered the following topics:
- Introduction to Emergency Telecommunications and Disaster Management
- Role of Emergency Telecommunications at various stages of Disaster
Management (Disaster Prevention, Early Warning, Response and Relief)
- Building resilient telecommunication infrastructure for disaster
- Multi-Hazard role of ICT in Disaster Management
- Contribution of an effective ICT for Disaster Mitigation to Economic and
- Practical Measures to be taken when disasters strike to enhance response
and relief (including a check list)
The course was made available through the ITU’s e-Learning Centre from 3
October to 5 November 2005 and very much appreciated by the participants who
considered a useful tool for emergency response and a valuable knowledge in
“Early Warning” that could be applicable for young people worldwide.
Therefore, this basic course on Emergency Telecommunications was also
developed in a web-based format to be delivered through CD-ROM and/or Internet.
This training resource is now distributed worldwide through the Administrations
in order to make it freely available for the young people through educational
institutions, universities and internet-cafes.
Through this course ITU/BDT/Youth Programme aims at providing for the youth
worldwide, a basic knowledge in Emergency Telecommunication and contributing to
the young people prevention and mitigation in disaster situation.
This follow-up project of the Youth Forum Asia 2004 is aligned with ITU
Telecommunication Development Bureau’s ongoing work in the area of Emergency
Telecommunications. For more information,