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Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).

USA 12/24/2014

Mississippi, Lousiana. A powerful storm system is causing heavy rain and tornadoes. The severe weather is blamed for at least four deaths and dozens of injuries. The hardest-hit areas are Columbia, Mississippi and Amite City, Louisiana. A local hospital was being forced to run on backup power to treat the injured. (fo.: MEMA mc.: CBS News).

Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).



Guidelines for Developing Emergency Simulations and Drills

Conducting simulations and drills is the most effective way to evaluate and test disaster preparedness plans; these exercises are used widely by organizations and institutions working in development and in disaster response. Drills and simulations are also excellent tools for training, and for assessing decision making processes, teamwork, and coordination.

The Pan American Health Organization has worked with a group of experts from Latin America and the Caribbean to prepare a set of practical guidelines for planning and carrying out simulations and drills. The Guide describes the basic features of both types of tools, and provides a full complement of sample forms that can be adapted for the planning, execution, and evaluation phases of the exercises.

The Guide is written primarily for organizations and individuals who work in the health and disaster management fields, and will assist them in reviewing and updating emergency preparedness and response procedures.

This publication is only available in  PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the file. Download the software for free from the Adobe website.

Guidelines for Developing Emergency Simulations and Drills (2 MB)

 

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