Crisis and Disaster Preparedness
Dennis (Denny) Hamilton has been involved in capacity building and facilitating learning for more than 25 years. In 1991 he became involved in the United Nations Disaster Management Training Program, which was a global effort in more than 70 countries do prepare national disaster management strategies and build national disaster management capacity. Between 1991 and 1994 he facilitated the preparation by national authorities of national disaster risk reduction and disaster management strategies in seven countries (Burma, Cambodia, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, The Philippines and Vietnam). He has developed training materials and conducted training courses in all aspects of disaster management (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery) for national and international personnel, business, government and non-government organizations and local communities. In addition, he has participated in disaster management efforts 1) following the Mt. Pinatobo and Mt Visayan eruptions in the Philippines, 2) in major floods in Anhui Province in China, 3) post-conflict recovery efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina 4) post-tsunami relief and recovery in Sri Lanka and Maldives, and 5) served as a Recovery Coordinator for six months following the Southeast Asia Earthquake in 2005 in Pakistan. He is currently serving as a consultant with CARE USA and CARE International to improve their emergency response capacity and with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) developing a distance learning program (web-based) and a training course on Humanitarian Coordination.