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Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)

Colombia 7/29/2014

Valle de Cauca department. Buenaventura municipality. Electricity outages since 8 p.m. affect 400,000 people in rural and urban areas; they were possibly caused by attacks on power transformers. The electricity is working in the hospital zone. Emergency plan activated. (m.: El Espectador, Caracol, El Tiempo)

United States 7/29/2014

California. Forest fires in Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada and in Amador County leave one person injured and damaged 51 homes and buildings. Evacuations underway. Local and state response. (o.s.: CalFire, INCIWEB; m.: KPPC, NBC)

Guatemala 7/29/2014

 Flood and landslide update. 1,541 people affected in the Alta Verapaz, Izabal, and Baja Verapaz Departments. Damage to 268 homes. Response by departamental authorities. (o.s.: CONRED)

Honduras 7/29/2014

Drought affects 28 municipalities in five departments. National response. Food distribution in El Paraíso department. (o.s.: COPECO)

Mexico 7/29/2014

6.4 magnitude earthquake recorded, with a depth of 131 km, 46 km southwest of Isla (Veracruz), no major damage. Fence in Civil Hospital of Oaxaca falls, no victims. Activation of security protocols, state governments initiate monitoring for possible damage. (o.s.:  Gobierno del DF, Gobierno de Oaxaca, Gobierno de Veracruz;  m.: Milenio).

Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)



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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