An Experience At The Regional Red Cross Action Team Training On Disaster Management


It was the first time I was going for a disaster management  training-the only part of the Red Cross family that I have not served. And I was excited to be part of the team that would later be trained as national disaster response volunteers. I have since, made a video available

Regional RCAT Team Video Script


The Uganda Red Cross Society is the leading humanitarian organization operating in 51 branches in Uganda. The society organized a training for the RCAT within the Mbarara Region. The training was held from 11th-15th March 2012 at West Land Hotel in Mbarara town.

A total of 25 participants drawn from all the 9 branches within the Mbarara Region structure attended and finished the training.

Objectives of the training

  • To empower the Region with a multidisciplinary, multi skilled team that is able to effectively respond to disasters within the region
  • To form a basement for selecting up a team to be trained at the national level as the national disaster response team
  • To strengthen the capacity of branches within the Mbarara region with resourceful personnel who can empower their respective branch RCAT.
  • To acquaint the Regional RCAT with disaster tools and the general work of the national Society, International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
  • Equip participants with more knowledge and skills on assessment and how to generate an action plan out of data from assessment
  • Updating the Red cross volunteers and staff with new innovations in handling disasters
  • Creating a forum for sharing experience

Training Agenda

Expectations as stated by the participants : Facilitator: Richard Nsubuga-Regional Programme Manager Mbarara Region

ü To acquire new knowledge and skills in disaster management

ü Certificate

ü To form an active Regional Red Cross Action team

ü To get acquainted with disaster assessment tools

ü Presenters shall avail hand outs

ü Full participation from all the members

ü Hands on practice in handling disasters

ü Networking across the region

ü Understand the role of the red cross in disaster

Norms set

  • Time management
  • Avoiding un necessary movement
  • Phones in silence mode
  • Respect for each person’s view

Workshop leaders As voted by the participants

  • Chairman : Birungi John Bosco-Mbarara
  • Welfare: Bernard -Kisoro
  • Time keeper: Joshua-Kasese
  • Relgious leader: Bwambale-Bundibugyo

History of Red Cross, Emblem & Principles: Fundamental principles of the movement: The facilitators emphasized on these important principles as they form a strong basement for humanitarian action.

  • Humanity –Impartiality -Neutrality -Independence
  • Voluntary service –Unity -Universality

The Disaster Management Cycle

clip_image004There were a lot of Group work as regards the DM cycle which tasked the participants to fully understand the disaster planning both the slow onset and rapid onset. Mr. Okot Paul Bitex, then introduced the famous sphere project or which is a Hand book of humanitarian assistance to improve the quality of life of assistance provided to people affected by disasters! The sphere project also was a broad process of collaboration between NGOs globally which states the minimum standards in humanitarian response with stated key indicators. First aid in emergencies response was also covered by Okot Paul

Recaps by -Mr EDson proved to be strong areas for evaluation of group participation, knowledge and skills as regards

Sample of some Assignments given:

  1. Discus the roles of the Regional RCAT in Disaster Preparedness and Response
  2. List 6 areas of networking and collaboration between the RCAT and DDMC
  3. What challenges do you envisage in the course of implementing activities as Region RCAT
  4. Suggest possible solutions



Disaster Needs Assessment by Kevin Busiima

The mandate of the Red Cross is auxiliary to humanitarian services in Uganda. The Assessment cycle: Rapid assessment (within 24 hours-1 week) -Detailed Assessment (Within 72 hours-1 month) -Contingent assessment (on going) Emergency Assessment Tool 24hrs, 72 hours, 1 week Registration form were all shared with a Holistic approach to needs assessment that according to the facilitators should include both statistic-gap of food items and non food items. Also shared was the code of conduct; Kevin



Challenges and questions raised during Kevin’s Sessions

– What strategies can be employed to strengthen the code of conduct during disaster relief among the staff and volunteers

– What challenges are normally encountered during the disaster assessment in branches

– Suggest possible solutions to the challenges above.

Strategies suggested by participants and facilitators

– High profile dissemination of Red Cross principles, work and ideals + volunteer policy

– Exhibiting high level of transparency

– Training volunteers in core skills at all levels

– Facilitating volunteers and staff during emergencies

– Exemplary leadership among the staff and volunteers

– Regular review of this code of conduct before and during the emergence and disaster response

– Avail the code of conduct manual to every volunteer

Challenges stated by the participants are regards the session

– Hard to reach areas

– High expectations of the beneficiaries

– Protective gears for conducting disaster assessment

– Language barrier

– Inadequate resources

– Poor communication systems

– Unskilled personnel to conduct assessment

S0lutions suggested

– Refresher trainings

– Detailed assessment

– Avoid external political

– No promises

– Personal safety eg helmet

– Give alert to community and Involve the community

– Establish local networks and strengthen them

– Provision of strong and serviced vehicles and motor cycles


The ICRC Session

It was conducted by the Communications delegate Adebayor from Nigeria Red Cross. His presentation cut across the communications in emergencies and what volunteers ought to do in this case, He also informed the participants that Cyprus Red Cross is latest Red Cross Society followed by South Sudan Red Cross! It became also apparently clearer that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent works in natural disasters while the ICRC works in armed conflicts with a Current orientation from Dissemination to Communications In a crowded humanitarian space, it is important to explain to the public about who we are.

It was also made clear to the participants to Target Beneficiaries like –victims, Media, Opinion leaders-Civil Society Communities, Other humanitarian Actors (NGOs, UN), Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

ICRC and the RCRC…Mr Fred Kakande COM Officer. Participants were made aware of Where ICRC works and not NS. It was also a key note that Prisoners of war URCS not mandated to visit detainees and prisoners of war. Another lesson to learn was the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent works in Israel with its symbol.

clip_image018clip_image020The Tracing department informed the participants about the Services offerered which included: RCMs, Tracing cases, Calls, Give priority to detention cases


Challenges stated by participants as regards Tracing

v Regional channels of communication

v Delays in receiving RCMs

v Knowledge about tracing

v Delivery of RCMs



Safer access framework: Participants were exposed to the humanitarians’ seven pillars of safer access

1) Acceptance of organization

2) Acceptance of individual

3) Identification

4) External communication

5) Internal communication

6) Protective measures

7) Security regulations


Refresher training especially as regards tracing

Inadequate facilitation to conduct disaster management-related activities

DRR Training Results



  1. Arinaitwe Ronald Alex


  1. Arinaitwe Simple


  1. Birungi John Bosco


  1. Bwambale Sperito


  1. Habai Everest


  1. Kipurah Gideon


  1. Kisembo Bylon


  1. Komwani Charles


  1. Loice Kasande Muhangi


  1. Mafundo Gordon


  1. Manishimwe Bernard


  1. Mbale Joshua Kaija T


  1. Mugerwa Herbert


  1. Mugyisha Alex


  1. Mwebaze Kanaahe Brian Bilal


  1. Nabaasa Ambrose


  1. Ndyanabo Thomas


  1. Nyakato Diana Mutabarura


  1. Tembo Jockim Muzigiti


  1. Tusiime Bamwenda Gordon


  1. Twinamatsiko Ronald


  1. Uragiwenimana Vallence


  1. Mugisha Johnnson




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