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Colombia 10/26/2014

Chiles-Cerro Negro volcanic complex Activity. 342 homes have been damaged and 55 are uninhabitable. SGC-OVSP and IGEPN have improved monitoring instrumentation with the installation of new seismic stations, accelerographic video cameras, and other equipment. Among the problems detected are 4-km zones with high risk for projectile expulsion, the Chiles and Blanco rivers have high probability of landslides, seismic activity continues with an average of 300 events per hour, and there is a magma body threatening to surface south of the Chiles volcano. Cumbal: A preliminary analysis will be delivered on Thursday, it is 80% finished. Ash pollution in the Chiles area. National response. (o.s.: (f.o.: SGC; PAHO Colombia).

Honduras 10/26/2014

Drought. The emergency caused by the drought is affecting nearly one million people in 165 municipalities, of which, about 72,400 families are in need of humanitarian assistance. The families with the more urgent needs are those of small subsistence farmers and landless laborers, and people who are in extreme vulnerability with few resources to cope with conditions of food insecurity, water shortages and declining revenue. The drought was predicted in February. National and international response. (m.: RedHum).

Colombia 10/26/2014

Chiles-Cerro Negro volcanic complex Activity. 342 homes have been damaged and 55 are uninhabitable. SGC-OVSP and IGEPN have improved monitoring instrumentation with the installation of new seismic stations, accelerographic video cameras, and other equipment. Among the problems detected are 4-km zones with high risk for projectile expulsion, the Chiles and Blanco rivers have high probability of landslides, seismic activity continues with an average of 300 events per hour, and there is a magma body threatening to surface south of the Chiles volcano. Cumbal: A preliminary analysis will be delivered on Thursday, it is 80% finished. Ash pollution in the Chiles area. National response. (o.s.: (f.o.: SGC; PAHO Colombia).



PAHO/WHO Regional Emergency Response Team - Field Manual

This manual, packaged in a folder, describes deployment of the Disaster Response Team, its objectives, and responsibilities at different stages of an emergency. It explains the process of mobilizing resources and provides practical information for work in the field. The manual includes evaluation forms and checklists for health services, shelter, water and sanitation, epidemiologic surveillance, damage assessment and needs analysis, and mental health, among others. These forms are important for collecting and analyzing the information needed for providing the most appropriate types of humanitarian assistance. The information in this manual will be of help to those advising PAHO/WHO offices and health sector agencies and institutions when they respond to emergencies or disasters.

The package includes a booklet with additional copies of the evaluation forms, that can be ripped off and used in the field to collect data. A CD-ROM, also included in the package, contains copies of the forms.

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Evaluation Forms

The evaluation forms can also be downloaded in Word format.

 

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