Issue 1
Monday, 15 February 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Master of Emergency and Disaster Management student Angelo Trias
Master of Emergency and Disaster Management student Angelo Trias

Student assists NT flood victims

A Charles Darwin University international student has gained first-hand experience in a humanitarian aid mission by assisting victims of recent Top End floods.

During the summer break Master of Emergency and Disaster Management student Angelo Trias volunteered with the Red Cross at an evacuation centre in Darwin, which temporarily accommodated hundreds of flood victims from the Daly River region outside Katherine.

“I learned a lot from the practical experience of volunteering,” Angelo said.

“I was able to reflect and gain a deeper understanding of the subjects that were covered in my course last semester.”

The knowledge he applied from the course included cultural awareness, psychological first aid, evacuation centre management, special needs of elderly and children, early recovery, safety and security of staff and inter-agency and service coordination.

Angelo said he planned to explore ways to promote a culture of prevention and safety in his home country of the Philippines, which is prone to natural disaster, as part of his Masters program.

He began studying at CDU last year as an Australia Awards Scholarship recipient and became a Red Cross volunteer in November.