Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


Monitoring Emergencies



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Peru 9/27-29/2014

 Earthquake, Paruro, Cusco (5.1-magnitude,  27 September, 8-kilometers deep). According to a preliminary assessment there are 720 people affected, 8 killed and 4 injured. In addition, there is damage to homes, schools, and infrastructure. Civil Defense officials are coordinating response actions, conducting damage assessments and needs analysis and providing assistance to the affected population. National Response: Two temporary shelters were set up to house 115 families, and food, blankets and mattresses have been distributed. The lack of street lighting is making the preparation of hot meals difficult. (o.s.:  INDECI, IGP; m.: El Peruano, La República).

Peru 9/27-29/2014

 Earthquake, Paruro, Cusco (5.1-magnitude,  27 September, 8-kilometers deep). According to a preliminary assessment there are 720 people affected, 8 killed and 4 injured. In addition, there is damage to homes, schools, and infrastructure. Civil Defense officials are coordinating response actions, conducting damage assessments and needs analysis and providing assistance to the affected population. National Response: Two temporary shelters were set up to house 115 families, and food, blankets and mattresses have been distributed. The lack of street lighting is making the preparation of hot meals difficult. (o.s.:  INDECI, IGP; m.: El Peruano, La República).



Update on the Response to the Christmas Floods of 2013 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia

A low pressure tropical trough brought heavy rainfalls to the Eastern Caribbean on December 2013, severely affecting health facilities and other infrastructure in the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia. The attached report highlights some of the advances PAHO/WHO has made in restoring access to healthcare in those countries, with the support from international donors.

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Hospital Administrator Post-Disaster Functional Checklist

The Post Disaster Functional Checklist was designed to be a simple tool that can be used by the Hospital Administrator or CEO, to determine if the facility is safe to continue operations and its level the functionality following an event. The Checklist is separated into three sections: Structural, Non-structural and Functional aspects of the hospital. It provides guidance when assessing the impact on the structure, lifelines, hospital equipment, medical supplies and staff.

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Hemispheric Consultation on Indigenous People and Disaster Risk Reduction

The Hemispheric Consultation on Indigenous People and Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from 11-12 September. Participants will be coming from Bolivia, Canada, Dominica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and USA, countries that have high risk of disasters and the presence of indigenous populations. It aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the disaster risks and needs faced by indigenous populations, as well as their accumulated experience in building resilience to disasters.

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Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Epidemic outbreaks require an institutional response which, based on the needs, integrates the health sector with other areas, political experts and National Disaster Offices.

The epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) currently ongoing in West Africa, which was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Importance under the International Health Regulations (IHR), requires preparedness measures from the authorities of the countries of the Americas. These measures should target the prevention of local transmission of the disease in the possible event of the introduction of an imported case in the Region.

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6.9 Earthquake in Mexico / Guatemala

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake at 37 km depth shook the Mexican border with Guatemala on Monday morning (7/7/2014), causing three deaths and 21 injured, damaging buildings in both countries. The quake was felt across a broad swath of southern Mexico and Guatemala. After the earthquake, monitoring protocols and verification of damage were activated in affected regions in both countries. In Guatemala, Orange Alert Institutional was declared and in Chiapas (Mexico) was activated the State Emergency Committee. The wounded were treated at hospitals without exceeding the attention capacity.

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