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Mexico - 9/15/2014

Baja California: Hurricane Odile has affected the entire peninsula of Baja California, after making landfall on Sunday in the Los Cabos as a Category 3 hurricane. Five municipalities have been affected. Approximately 7,000 people were evacuated before the hurricane, and 3,000 are in shelters. A Red Alert is maintained because the heavy rains continue. Local response. (o.s: Protección Civil; m.: CNN México, El Universal, Milenio)

Guatemala 09/10/2014

Floods caused by rains in recent weeks have affected 876 people and caused damage to 192 homes in San Benito, Petén. The lack of drainage in some locations contributes to flooding. 50 people are in shelters. In addition, the rain has caused landslides, floods, falling trees and damage to roads in Guatemala City. Local response. (o.s.: CONRED; m.: PrensaLibre)

Mexico - 9/15/2014

Baja California: Hurricane Odile has affected the entire peninsula of Baja California, after making landfall on Sunday in the Los Cabos as a Category 3 hurricane. Five municipalities have been affected. Approximately 7,000 people were evacuated before the hurricane, and 3,000 are in shelters. A Red Alert is maintained because the heavy rains continue. Local response. (o.s: Protección Civil; m.: CNN México, El Universal, Milenio)



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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