Agency for the monitoring and forecast of emergency situations, EMERCOM of Russia

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 August 2000



(2000), "Agency for the monitoring and forecast of emergency situations, EMERCOM of Russia", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 9 No. 3.



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Agency for the monitoring and forecast of emergency situations, EMERCOM of Russia

Agency for the monitoring and forecast of emergency situations, EMERCOM of Russia

Training centre for specialists in advanced technologies for emergency warning and the elimination of emergency situations

The All Russian Institute for Civil Defence and Emergency Situations Research (VNII GOChS) of the Russian EMERCOM agency is the main organisation of the Russian Federation responsible for scientific and technological studies on the warning of and mitigating emergencies in the field of civil protection.

Two-stage training course

The training takes place in two parts. Once the specialist has successfully passed the first stage they may undertake their own research. During this second stage the researcher will also be trained in leading research teams. Upon completion of the course it is expected that the graduates will enter the professional arena and work with one of the following types of organisations:

  • state, territorial and local authorities responsible for disaster management and relief;

  • structural subdivisions responsible for warning of and mitigating emergencies; or

  • companies and agencies engaged in insurance and emergency loss evaluations, risk reduction, natural and technological disaster management.

The training course programme

The programme includes:

  • natural and technological environment monitoring;

  • mathematical modelling;

  • risk management; and

  • emergency response.

During the course the students will cover the following topics:

  • fast operations mode procedures and technologies for monitoring and forecasting potential losses due to earthquakes, floods, forest fires and other natural and technological disasters - effective response scenarios and the provision of humanitarian aid;

  • the use of mobile diagnostic equipment for evaluating the stability and resistance of buildings and other structures to earthquakes, tremors and ground failure;

  • remote earth sensing procedures using a space observation system;

  • mathematical modelling procedures for use in the process of emergency warning and elimination; and

  • technologies for the short, intermediate and long term forecast of place time and magnitude of various types of natural and technological disasters.

Special fields

Special fields include:

  • risk management;

  • monitoring and forecasting emergencies;

  • geodetic and geodynamic monitoring;

  • assessment of buildings and other structures to estimate their resistance to earthquakes and their stability;

  • remote earth surface sensing using space observation systems;

  • emergency information and telecommunication management systems;

  • robotics systems and modern procedures for emergency rescue operations;

  • mathematical modelling of emergency warning and evaluation; and

  • certification of emergency rescue tools.

General information

The training programmes meet the standard international requirements laid down in the FORM-OSE and STRIM training programmes.

A certificate is granted to the students upon successful completion of the training course and final exams. This certificate enables them to undertake independent work in their chosen field and gives them the right to apply the operating GIS project to their country.

Duration of the training course in each field is 14 days. The starting date of the training course is by mutual agreement. The number of students in each course varies from five to ten. Lectures and practical courses are given in Russian and English by staff from leading Russian universities and academic institutions. Simultaneous translation can be organised for other languages. The students are provided with course information in Russian and English.

Students are provided with hotel accommodation and meals for the training period. In addition to the course, special tours of Moscow and its suburbs will be organised. Visits are also envisaged to theatres and concert halls.

The cost of each two week course is US$2,500.

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