Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


Monitoring Emergencies



From official sources (O.S.) and media (M). It does not represent PAHO's official position.

Guatemala 12/16/2014

Cold front (update). Due to the very low temperatures, more than 2000 people have been assisted in shelters in Guatemala between November and December. Official sources reported on Monday that this is affecting mainly populations of the west of the country. (m.: NOTICIAS.TERRA).

Guatemala 12/16/2014

Cold front (update). Due to the very low temperatures, more than 2000 people have been assisted in shelters in Guatemala between November and December. Official sources reported on Monday that this is affecting mainly populations of the west of the country. (m.: NOTICIAS.TERRA).



PAHO/WHO Response to the December 2013 Floods in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Floods triggered by a trough, on 24 December 2013, produced a 'National Level 2' disaster in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The floods left US$ 108.4 million in losses, including US$ 2,052,917 to the health sector. Several health facilities in the island sustained serious damage, among them, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the largest in the country. Supplies and records were destroyed and costly equipment was damaged.

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October 13, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated every year on 13 October. Under the motto "Resilience is for Life," the focus this year is on older people, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

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Ministries of health of the Americas seek to strengthen coordination of humanitarian assistance in emergencies and disasters

Representatives of ministries of health in the Americas adopted a plan of action to improve coordination of international humanitarian assistance during emergencies and disasters, in order to facilitate a timely, effective response and save lives.

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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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