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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).



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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