Training of SAMBRO Trainers

Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO) continues to mature; especially with the Maldives, Myanmar, and Philippine implementations. Trainees from the three countries belonging to their Meteorological and Disaster Management Agencies are receiving training. They will receive training on GIS concepts, techniques, and tools required for developing predefined alert areas and training on administering, configuring, and implementing the CAP-enabled SAMBRO software. The training is part of the ‘CAP on a Map‘ project aiming to improve institutional responsiveness to coastal hazards.


The practitioners were trilled to be exposed to the internal engine of Sahana software and be given the opportunity write some code and develop a simple module. Except for one person, who is a Techie, all others have never written a single line of code to consider themselves as a programmer. The were excited wear the shoes of a programmer and seeing first hand the simplicity the Sahana framework is that allows them to build a simple module with a map for managing geo-spatial information.

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The training began on Monday August 31st and spans through until Friday September 11th. It was organized in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology Geoinformatics Center with funding made possible through UNESCAP  Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster, and Climate Preparedness.. The workshop aims to:

1. Train and certify a set of Master Trainers: with an overview on Geographic Information System (GIS) essentials for enabling country context data for risk mapping, Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO) administrative, implementation, and operational procedures, Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) content standard and operating procedures

2. Develop capacity among the Master Trainers for: collaborating with their National Agencies for developing risk mapping advocated predefined alert areas for impact-based alerting, building Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) capacity within their country for implementing CAP procedures, implementing the CAP-enabled SAMBRO for improving multi-agency situational-awareness and all-hazard all-media warning capabilities


  1. SAHANA software is very power full software but its too hard for user who do not have a IT background knowledge.


    1. The objective of the technical sessions were to expose you to how certain processes are carried out in terms of executing them. We understand that they may be cumbersome to comprehend and master, given that your expertise are in hydrology and not IT. However, when we provide you support you are familiar with the terms and the process which makes it easier for us to guide you.


  2. Totally impressed by the power of SAHANA and how people are using SAHANA across the globe. A very technical training which in my opinion requires more time and depth of coverage in to the workings.

    SAMBRO used as an extension to a very stable and complete platform(SAHANA) shows a lot of potential and could prove to be an integral part in issuing alerts and improve situation awareness across various agencies.

    Excited to learn more, and might be a good idea to conduct training focused on module and template development for other use cases as well.

    Thank you.


    1. If you would like to learn more, one option is to join the Sahana community to begin experimenting with the coding. Additionally, we would highly recommend that you organize a SahanaCamp ( . This will provide you and your fellow countrymen with the level of Sahana expertise to begin developing your own solutions.


  3. Sahana GIS is too hard for me to learn in short time. So, we need more time to learn about Sahana GIS. Especially, how to convert the vector and raster data to CSV format etc.


    1. Once again the aim or the training was to give you some exposure to the procedures. We will develop a comprehensive step by step user guide to help you through the GIS procedures required in SAMBRO.


  4. I am not a expert in coding, from this training I have learn some of the coding. well this was a good experience. need to extend the period of training.


  5. Four days gone and it’s a 12 days of intensive training with evaluation for every instructor and at the same time we (trainees) are being evaluated daily through sets of questionnaire that we need to accomplished. I’m not an IT guy but I need to absorb everything and squeeze it through my head all the learnings and help meet the goals and objective of the project Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO) in the Philippines.


    1. Sorry didn’t mean to overwhelm you. Do you think we should stretch the curriculum longer? To bad the PAGASA technical people were absent, otherwise they could have made things easy on you.


    IF you have lot of detailed data then it is better to serve from Geoserver as WMS as client responsiveness is bad for many,complex vectors.


    1. Thankyou, nice to see that something has been learnt 🙂


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