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 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)

Uruguay - 9/18/2014

Floods are affecting six departments (Peach, San Jose, Florida, Soriano, Thirty Three and Canelones). Currently, there are 2,936 people displaced, 400 of them in official shelters. In Durazno, the level of the Yi River has risen to 11.05 meters, almost three more than it’s safe. Other rivers’ levels have gone down to acceptable levels. The response is maintained at the departmental level. (o.s.: SINAE; m.: El País)

Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)



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.

Floods in Paraguay Leave Thousands Displaced

Paraguay - junio 2014For the last four months Paraguay has been affected by heavy rains that have produced high tides in at least eight departments, and in the capital, Asuncion, due to the overflowing of the Parana and Paraguay rivers, among others. The floods have been slow-onset; therefore, it has been possible to evacuate populations on time. However, more than 30,000 families (about 160,000 people) have been affected, and many of them have been evacuated to the 91 shelters established, or are staying with relatives or friends.

NEW! PAHO/WHO receives U.N. emergency funds to restore water and sanitation in flooded areas of Paraguay

 

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