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Colombia 7/26-28/2014

Drought. 79 municipalities affected by fires, water shortage and damage to agriculture; of those, 37 have declared public calamity situations. Major damage in La Guajira department, with 10 of 15 municipalities in state of public calamity. Response: Assistance has been prioritized in La Guajira department and Santa Marta municipality (Magdalena). Delivery of food kits, increased water distribution through tank cars and distribution of water containers, construction of wells and installation of desalinization mills. Crisis response activated in La Guajira. (o.s.: UNGRD)
Vichada department. Puerto Carreño municipality. Flooding due to overflow of the Irinoco and Meta Rivers; in addition, gales damage homes. Local response: Declaration of public calamity. (o.s.: Municipio de Puerto Carreño m.: Emisora de Policía de Puerto Carreño, Vanguardia)

United States 7/26-28/2014

Washington state. Forest fire update. 300 homes destroyed and damage to infrastructure. Preventative evacuations continue. State response with national support. Electric service reestablished.(o.s.: INCIWEB).

Guatemala 7/26-28/2014

Izabal, Alta, and Baja Verapaz departments. Floods and landslides from rains affect 720 people and damage 123 homes. Heavy rainfall accumulation in the areas of the Northern Transversal Strip and the Caribbean. (o.s.: CONRED)

Peru 7/26-28/2014

Ancash department. Santa Rosa district. Landslides affect potable water intake systems and roads; no victims and no damage to homes. Local response: Emergency declaration, provisional catchment of spring water. (o.s.: INDECI; m.: Andina).

Colombia 7/26-28/2014

Drought. 79 municipalities affected by fires, water shortage and damage to agriculture; of those, 37 have declared public calamity situations. Major damage in La Guajira department, with 10 of 15 municipalities in state of public calamity. Response: Assistance has been prioritized in La Guajira department and Santa Marta municipality (Magdalena). Delivery of food kits, increased water distribution through tank cars and distribution of water containers, construction of wells and installation of desalinization mills. Crisis response activated in La Guajira. (o.s.: UNGRD)
Vichada department. Puerto Carreño municipality. Flooding due to overflow of the Irinoco and Meta Rivers; in addition, gales damage homes. Local response: Declaration of public calamity. (o.s.: Municipio de Puerto Carreño m.: Emisora de Policía de Puerto Carreño, Vanguardia)



New Self-Instruction Course for the Use of the Hospital Safety Index

PAHO/WHO's Disaster Preparedness Program presents this new course, created to train professionals in the use of the Hospital Safety Index (HSI) tool. The course uses an easy and dynamic methodology, without losing sight of the essential technical content.

The Hospital Safety Index determines the probability that a hospital will continue to function during and after a disaster. It has already been used in 32 countries and territories in the Americas. The results given by the tool allow for the establishment of priorities for interventions to improve the safety of  health facilities in cases of disasters.

The ISH course is based on self-instruction and users can work at their own pace, returning to a subject as often as necessary. Since users immediately know the result of their efforts, it gives them motivation to continue studying.

The material has been built as an interactive platform that illustrates the key issues with readings, games, reminders and assessments that, once completed, will allow the user to continue with the training. The expected time to complete the course is 30 hours and should be finished within a period not exceeding one week.

The course is available on CD and, for now, only in Spanish. It can be requested from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The production of this material has been made possible through the financial support of the Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Union (ECHO), the Division of Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Office of Foreign Assistance Disaster of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/USAID).

 

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