Disaster Management Workshop
30 July – 2 August 2007
Objectives. The objectives of this workshop were to review likely and possible disaster scenarios; facilitate identification of local models, as well as possible internal capabilities Government of Brunei could offer regionally; understand the basic requirements for establishing a national level disaster management organization; exchange views on “way ahead” or “next steps” to establish an appropriate level of readiness for such an organization and capability.
Purpose. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the impact on participants at this outreach event in Brunei as well as its effectiveness in achieving the stated objectives by analyzing comments from attendees.
Results. Participants gained a better understanding of the challenges Brunei faces in developing disaster preparedness capabilities. The workshop enhanced their ability to cooperate and collaborate among agencies; helped define the roles and responsibilities of agencies during a disaster; and stimulated participants to take action to inventory available resources. This event also motivated them to develop and amend standard operating procedures (SOPs) and instilled awareness on the need to educate and train personnel within their own agency and the civilian population.
HARMONIZE VIEWS ON COMMON SECURITY CHALLENGES:
v Cooperation & Collaboration: The workshop significantly increased Brunei’s disaster preparedness by enhancing cooperation and collaboration among agencies. Participants stated, “The coordination of all agencies present will increase the preparedness amongst each other in assisting the main agency NDMC to manage disaster.” “It has promoted critical contacts between participants and cooperation.” Agencies “have [now] seen the necessity of working together to think as a group and think that we can support immediately, prompt, and valuable plan.” “Brunei’s government departments and NGOs can easily now talk with each other on resolving disaster issues.” They are “looking forward to shar[ing] information across NDMC and offices, as well as with regional partners and fully support [NDMC] when required.” They plan “to coordinate with relevant agencies on their needs to better improve disaster preparedness.” They will “set up focal points [with] all agencies [that] can be put together for better and efficient coordination and communication.” “The workshop also helped with the “establishment of focal points… [and] networking and relaying of information through networking of the focal points.” It enabled “better and stronger ties between NDMC and other agencies and between agencies.” Participants believe “the most important cooperation and coordination [is] among the government agencies and non government agencies.” “The coordination between multi-agency’s throughout Brunei will definitely enhance disaster preparedness for each agency has their oven tasks and can offer information or resources in order to fulfill a requirement based on what kind of disaster should occur.” Participants will further coordinate and collaborate through additional meetings or workshops on disaster preparedness. Participants will “organize a working group to further enhance the networking and make sure that this is not the end but the beginning.” They believe “more, similar workshops or meetings should be held in the future to future enhance the preparedness and to speed up the process.”
v Agencies’ Roles & Responsibilities: The workshop increased Brunei’s disaster preparedness by increasing each agencies’ understanding of their and others’ roles and responsibilities before and during a disaster. There is an “increased awareness…on [the] critical need of disaster planning and preparedness.” “It really opened [their] perspectives in terms of [their] capabilities, credibility and [their] potentials.” “It helped [them] realize that Brunei is not yet prepared for any disaster.” Participants now “realize the vast role and responsibilities of the various government sectors that needs to be channeled.” “Each representative [gained] a clear view what is their responsibility.” “Multi-agencies involved in this workshop [now] realize what their roles are in preparedness.” “Everybody now understands their respective roles and responsibilities.”
BUILD INSTITUTIONAL AND SECURITY CAPACITY:
v Determine Available Resources: The workshop showed participants the need to access available resources that can be used for a disaster. Participants plan to “do checklist inventory on current assets and stock piles available.” This will help their preparation “in terms of human, organizational structure, SOPs, materials, machineries, etc.” By determining “what expertise/resources that can be contributed in event of disaster,” will increase Brunei’s disaster preparedness.
v Establish/Amend SOPs: The workshop inspired everyone to amend or establish needed standard operating procedures for disaster preparedness. Participants plan “to review and amend present SOP[s] to include the NDMC as one of [their] parent agency to report for as well as any other relevant agencies which could contribute to the success of an operation of response.” Others plan to establish a “service agency SOP.”
EDUCATE OFFICIALS ON THE ROLE OF SECURITY IN CIVIL SOCIETIES:
v Educate/Train: Participants plan to educate and train others on disaster preparedness. They plan “to instill awareness to [their] organization on the role of NDMC” and “share [their] experience with relevant authorities and colleagues.” Others will establish “trainings/seminars/workshops organized by international organizations to be optimized/attended/requested for [their] NDMC personnel in order to enhance knowledge and exchange experiences as well as practical exercise.” Still others plan “to be involved in the awareness program to help public realize how to handle any disaster.” Participants stated they will develop additional training and exercises to better prepare Brunei for a disaster. “Further trainings [will] enhance participants’ capabilities professionally and operationally.” Everyone now knows “training is needed [to] improve logistics and upgrade any available exercises according to the scenario; and exercise[s] [are] essential in order to improve [their] ability.”
Survey Methodology. The Outreach Survey was administered to 100% of the 47 participants with attendance from 23 different organizations. The survey was comprised of 3 qualitative questions and an additional comment section.
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