Posted in Issue 99 April 2005 Pub. and Multimedia
Each type of natural disaster poses a unique risk to health and health facilities. In the case of hurricanes, the effects of high winds can affect both the structural and non-structural elements of a hospital or clinic. This new training material focuses on reducing the vulnerability of structural elements; those parts of a building that withstand gravitational and lateral loads to ensure stability. It also looks at non-structural elements and those that have special functions such as communication networks, gas and water pipes, electrical wiring, and medical equipment and supplies.
Examples are drawn from the partial or total failure of hospitals in the region and the material is designed to guide planners of health infrastructure (hospital administrators, engineers, architects, technicians, etc.) in Latin America and the Caribbean in reviewing the effects hurricanes on their facilities and assessing their vulnerability.