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.

Mexico 11/22-24/2014

Floods. (Update) The rainfall last week in Tabasco left severe damages in various areas such as Nacajuca, where water reached more than 300 millimeters, and Tabasco, with more than 220 millimeters, and left more than 70,000 affected. Some families are still in several shelters because flooded roads have not allowed them to return to their homes. (m.: A7 Noticias).

USA 11/22-24/2014

Buffalo, New York: Snowstorm (Update). After more than seven feet of snow fell last week, the governor of New York warned the residents of Buffalo regarding the risk of collapse of roofs. In addition, the strong winds that are affecting the city could cause falling trees and downed power lines. The temperature rose considerably today, which could trigger the risk of flooding from melting snow. Approximately 700,000 people are at risk. Thousands of sandbags have been placed around the city as a precaution. (m.: Reuters, CNN).

Mexico 11/22-24/2014

Floods. (Update) The rainfall last week in Tabasco left severe damages in various areas such as Nacajuca, where water reached more than 300 millimeters, and Tabasco, with more than 220 millimeters, and left more than 70,000 affected. Some families are still in several shelters because flooded roads have not allowed them to return to their homes. (m.: A7 Noticias).



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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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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