To build a disaster-resilient region, the AHA Centre supports the National Disaster Management Authorities across ASEAN Member States through capacity building. There are two signature courses in the ASEAN region, which are ASEAN-ERAT and the ACE Programme.


ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) is a rapidly deployable response team to support the affected ASEAN Member States during major sudden and slow on-set disasters. The members of ASEAN-ERAT come from ten ASEAN Member States and managed by the AHA Centre. The ASEAN-ERAT is designed to support National Disaster
Management Organisation (NDMO) of the affected country during the first phase of disaster emergency at a very short notice. Whenever a disaster occurs in Southeast Asian region, ASEAN-ERAT members are ready to be deployed within eight hours after the emergency alert is activated or based on the request of the NDMO of the affected country. The appointed ASEAN-ERAT members can assist up to 14 days at a time during crisis or for an extendable period – upon the request from the affected country. For more information, read ERAT FAQ.


The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme is designed to prepare future leaders of disaster management in ASEAN. ACE Programme is by far the most intensive disaster management training programme in the region. Through the cooperation with the Government of Japan, the AHA Centre Executive Programme will enhance the capacity of ASEAN Member States’ disaster managers through the exchange of knowledge and skills amongst them and with other disaster management experts in the region.


The ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) is an initiative of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) that provides regionally recognised competency standards and a certification process for disaster management professionals across ASEAN. ASCEND helps to facilitate the recognition and mobility of disaster management professionals.