• Disaster Responder Course
  • Preparing for Disaster Workshop
  • First Responder Training
  • Simulation Exercises

Disaster Responder Course

We offer a bespoke training course designed for organisations sending individuals or teams into disaster areas. The training course prepares individuals for the challenges of working in a disaster area and partly fulfils your organisation's duty of care to your staff.

As we don't believe in 'off-the-shelf' training solutions, the course curriculum will be designed specifically for your organisation, the area of the world it will operate in and the type of disasters your staff are likely to be exposed to. The programme is focused on 4 main areas of learning:
• individual preparation
• the environment in which your staff will operate
• risk assessment & decision making
• disaster response structures, organisations & communication



The training event can be held at our local facilities, here in the UK, or we can deliver the training at a location selected by our clients. Dependent upon the content and specific requirements, these training courses are between 2 and 4 days in duration and can include an exercise to test learning and confirm that staff undertake safe working practices. Examples of specific training include:
• Working in a collapsed structure environment
• Risk assessment and decision-making
• Flood response and working in or near water
• Working in a contaminated environment
• Hazardous Materials - detection and management
• Working in a complex emergency - structures, organisations and communications

If you would like to know more about our Disaster Responder Course contact Civilience by calling us or sending an email to civilience@gmail.com.

Preparing for Disaster Workshop

Scientific predictions and evidence indicates that global climate change will increase the number of extreme events, creating more frequent and intensified natural hazards such as floods and windstorms. Population growth, urbanization and the inability of poor populations to escape from the vicious cycle of poverty makes it all the more likely that there will be an increase in the number of people who are vulnerable to natural hazards, with a resulting increase of natural disasters and environmental emergencies.



Civilience offers a "Preparing for Disaster" Workshop that will assist your organisation to meet the challenges and responsibilities facing you in the future. Designed specifically to meet your staff's needs, the one or two-day workshop will utilise the internationally recognised "Disaster Management Cycle" (illustrated) and an immersive disaster scenario to guide the participants though the phases of an emergency, offering advice and guidance as to their responses to the issues and problems arising from the disaster.

The scenario will be developed in consultation with the client as we do not believe in 'off-the-shelf' training solutions. The workshop will be focused on the needs of the participants, will simulate a likely scenario and will use your organisations existing procedures. Our experienced trainers and consultants work within three of the most widely adopted emergency and crisis management systems, the United Nations (UN-OCHA) system, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the FEMA (USA) system and will therefore create a relevant and challenging event for your organisation.

If you would like to know more about our Preparing for Disaster Workshop work, please contact Civilience by calling us or sending an email to civilience@gmail.com.

First Responder Training

Civilience now offers a "First Responder" training course providing basic skills training for local emergency services and community responders, as well as the average citizen who is part of a group established specifically for the purpose of first response. The training course is fully compliant and in accordance with the INSARAG Guidelines and First Responders guidance and is therefore endorsed by the International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), UN-OCHA and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).



The training course provides participants with an overview of an organised approach to disaster response primarily in the fields of rapid assessment, surface rescue, and initial medical care. Specifically the course:
• Creates an awareness of the generic hazards and risks within a structural collapse environment.
• Enables participants to conduct a survey of the affected area, record, collate and share appropriate information.
• Enables participants to perform simple search and rescue techniques and render basic life-saving measures.
• Links community-based response to organised local emergency services.
• Enables participants to organise volunteer rescuers on-site, providing leadership and direction to the local community.

Civilience also offers a higher level course that is designed to train 'in-country' trainers to teach the "First Responders Course" within areas likely to be affected. We also offer advice and technical support in developing an equipment cache suitable for a group or team of First Responders. If a client is unsure as to the risks and threats posed by a sudden-onset disaster, we can undertake not only an assessment of risk and vulnerability but also a realistic assessment of the capacity of the people and organisation receiving the training, thus creating a bespoke solution for the client.

If you would like to know more about our First Responders Courses, please contact Civilience by calling us or sending an email to civilience@gmail.com.

Simulation Exercises