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Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)

Colombia 7/29/2014

Valle de Cauca department. Buenaventura municipality. Electricity outages since 8 p.m. affect 400,000 people in rural and urban areas; they were possibly caused by attacks on power transformers. The electricity is working in the hospital zone. Emergency plan activated. (m.: El Espectador, Caracol, El Tiempo)

United States 7/29/2014

California. Forest fires in Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada and in Amador County leave one person injured and damaged 51 homes and buildings. Evacuations underway. Local and state response. (o.s.: CalFire, INCIWEB; m.: KPPC, NBC)

Guatemala 7/29/2014

 Flood and landslide update. 1,541 people affected in the Alta Verapaz, Izabal, and Baja Verapaz Departments. Damage to 268 homes. Response by departamental authorities. (o.s.: CONRED)

Honduras 7/29/2014

Drought affects 28 municipalities in five departments. National response. Food distribution in El Paraíso department. (o.s.: COPECO)

Mexico 7/29/2014

6.4 magnitude earthquake recorded, with a depth of 131 km, 46 km southwest of Isla (Veracruz), no major damage. Fence in Civil Hospital of Oaxaca falls, no victims. Activation of security protocols, state governments initiate monitoring for possible damage. (o.s.:  Gobierno del DF, Gobierno de Oaxaca, Gobierno de Veracruz;  m.: Milenio).

Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)



Be a Better Donor: Practical Recommendations for Humanitarian Aid

Each time a major disaster takes places, the humanitarian machinery is set in motion, mobilizing technical assistance and national and international donations. However, the arrival or large quantities of donations in the affected country is an enormous organizational and managerial challenge for the authorities and humanitarian actors which can result in relevant aid of great value, or in an additional burden which is difficult to manage and administrate. The technical and logistical problems which this task involves are often compounded by the fact that, in many cases, donations are frequently inappropriate, sent in haste and little in line with the needs of the affected population or populations. Experience has shown that the majority of these problems can be avoided with better planning, more refined coordination and more appropriate and efficient information exchange amongst the actors involved.

For the production of this guide, conclusions and recommendations arising from different international forums were reviewed and documents and guides from major international humanitarian agencies were taken as references in order to bring to the fore and to present in a practical and operational manner a summary of recommendations for three essential actors: donors, national disaster response and risk management organizations and the communications media. The guide promotes exchange, knowledge and mutual collaboration between these three agents, with the aim of adopting better practices and bringing to light behaviors and myths which hinder or harm the process of donations and the efficient use of these donations to alleviate the consequences of disaster. The document has an initial section with recommendations of a general nature, followed by three chapters dedicated to each one of these actors as well as brief sections of a sectoral nature dealing with the following issues: health, medicines, water and sanitation, children and food.

The guide is part of a series of material that will be used in public information, training and communications campaigns organized with the support of several of the most important international humanitarian agencies present in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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For more information, visit www.saberdonar.info (the information is currently in Spanish only).

 

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