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Colombia 7/23/2014

Drought. Seven departments and 58 municipalities on the Caribbean Coast affected by water shortage. Declaration of public calamity in Montería (Córdoba) and in nine rural areas in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander). Meeting of the National Committee for Disaster Management analyzing the National Contingency Plan for the dry season and possible El Niño phenomenon. UNGRD has a budget of 35,000 million pesos (approximately US$ 19 million) to strengthen SNGRD institutions and entities in water supply activities, prevention and response to fires. National government prepares mitigation measures. (o.s.: UNGRD, Plan de Contingencia Nacional;  m.: El Espectador, El Heraldo, Caracol).
Sucre department. Tolú municipality. Oil spill in the ocean threatens the beaches of the municipality. No damage to communities at this moment. National response and from the Central Pipeline Company to control the spill. (o.s.: UNGRD, m.: RCN).

Mexico 7/23/2014

State of Tamaulipas. Ciudad Madero municipality. Fire at oil storage tank leaves nine people with dehydration and minor burns. Evacuation of three districts and of the refinery. Local response to control the fire. (o.s.: PEMEX; m.: El Universal, Milenio).

Colombia 7/23/2014

Drought. Seven departments and 58 municipalities on the Caribbean Coast affected by water shortage. Declaration of public calamity in Montería (Córdoba) and in nine rural areas in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander). Meeting of the National Committee for Disaster Management analyzing the National Contingency Plan for the dry season and possible El Niño phenomenon. UNGRD has a budget of 35,000 million pesos (approximately US$ 19 million) to strengthen SNGRD institutions and entities in water supply activities, prevention and response to fires. National government prepares mitigation measures. (o.s.: UNGRD, Plan de Contingencia Nacional;  m.: El Espectador, El Heraldo, Caracol).
Sucre department. Tolú municipality. Oil spill in the ocean threatens the beaches of the municipality. No damage to communities at this moment. National response and from the Central Pipeline Company to control the spill. (o.s.: UNGRD, m.: RCN).



Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital

Multimedia Training Program on Hospitals Safe from Disasters

PAHO/WHO has launched a new multimedia training program on disaster risk reduction and safe hospitals. The Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital combines video, two- and 3-D animation, images and sound to make the learning experience much more versatile and easy to use. The program also includes presentations and technical publications to create a virtual learning environment on ‘safe hospitals.’

The virtual tour is organized by modules, which can be used independently to explore specific aspects of the issue or which can be followed in sequence for a complete overview. A User's Guide accompanies the journey through the safe hospital, enabling the ‘traveller’ to adapt the route to his/her needs. A complete journey may take about three hours; on the other hand, the opening video—which gives a good overview of all the program’s components—can be viewed in about 15 minutes.

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The virtual hospital DVD includes a library where support materials—text, videos, powerpoint presentations, etc.—can be consulted and downloaded, making this an excellent tool for self-study, Internet-based distance learning or classroom use by knowledgeable instructors.

Take a moment to consult the User’s Guide for an illustrated tour of this innovative training tool (click on the link in the right-hand column.) Feedback is always welcome at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The development of the Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital has been made possible thanks to the financial support of the Division of International Humanitarian Assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA/IHA), the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/AID) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). The Regional Office for the Americas of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) supported the duplication of this DVD within the framework of the 2008–2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, “Hospitals Safe from Disasters.”

Order a DVD from PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Instructions for downloding the program will be published soon.

Download the User's Guide as a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these files. Download the software for free from the Adobe website.

 User's Guide (780 Kb)

 

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