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Mexico 11/22-24/2014

Floods. (Update) The rainfall last week in Tabasco left severe damages in various areas such as Nacajuca, where water reached more than 300 millimeters, and Tabasco, with more than 220 millimeters, and left more than 70,000 affected. Some families are still in several shelters because flooded roads have not allowed them to return to their homes. (m.: A7 Noticias).

USA 11/22-24/2014

Buffalo, New York: Snowstorm (Update). After more than seven feet of snow fell last week, the governor of New York warned the residents of Buffalo regarding the risk of collapse of roofs. In addition, the strong winds that are affecting the city could cause falling trees and downed power lines. The temperature rose considerably today, which could trigger the risk of flooding from melting snow. Approximately 700,000 people are at risk. Thousands of sandbags have been placed around the city as a precaution. (m.: Reuters, CNN).

Mexico 11/22-24/2014

Floods. (Update) The rainfall last week in Tabasco left severe damages in various areas such as Nacajuca, where water reached more than 300 millimeters, and Tabasco, with more than 220 millimeters, and left more than 70,000 affected. Some families are still in several shelters because flooded roads have not allowed them to return to their homes. (m.: A7 Noticias).



Experts Debate on Emergency and Disaster Medicine at the 4th Pan American Conference

The 4th Pan American Conference of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine is taking place from 15-17 October in Leesburg, Virginia (United States). The conference's motto is "Building the science of disaster health: from terminology to practice".

At the conference, co-sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), international experts will debate, share ideas and expose the latest developments and experiences in disciplines related to disaster and emergency health.

The subjects to be discussed include: the accreditation of foreign medical teams deployed to emergencies and disasters, the role of social media in the response to emergencies and disasters, the psychosocial aspects, the role of military and health personnel and the forensic aspects of humanitarian medicine.

In addition, Cambridge University Press, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine have exhibit stands.

The Pan American Health Organization's Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, together with NLM, is organizing the session on social media. This session examines the benefit of social media for disaster risk reduction and identifies recommendations for its use by health institutions and organizations working in prevention and response to emergencies and disasters.

The Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief is also participating in a panel about foreign medical teams and a session about disaster terminology. Other experts from the World Health Organization are also participating in the Conference.

For more information about the program and the activities, visit the WADEM website: http://www.wadem.org/.

 

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