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Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).

Turks and Caicos 8/29/2014

Significant flooding over the weekend of 23-24 August 2014, as a result of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Around 12 inches of rain fell in the TCI. The most affected islands were North Caicos, Providenciales and Middle Caicos. Floodwaters were several feet deep (estimated at 5 feet) on the islands of North Caicos and Providenciales. Downed trees and power lines were also reported. (PAHO/WHO  Country Office).

Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).



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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