The regional office of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean presented the “E-Atlas of disaster risks for the Eastern Mediterranean region: Volume 1. Exposure to natural hazards”. The tool uses geographical information systems and various disaster models to support decision-makers in reducing health risks amongst populations vulnerable to health emergencies or crises.

This tool, which is available in English, can be used to predict the magnitude of a disaster on a specific population, assess the areas where damage can be more significant and anticipate specific resources which will be needed.

Volume 1 of the E-Atlas contains a series of maps and documents which explain the methodology and provide data which illustrate the distribution of natural hazards (earthquakes, floods, heat waves, winds and landslides) which take place in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as calculating the size of the population which is exposed to such hazards.

This and other volumes which are still being developed can be used to improve preparedness in the health sector, as well as response, and ensure more accurate baseline information. They also assist in the identification, planning and prioritization of areas where activities are to be carried out which help to mitigate the effects of natural hazards and provide a point of departure for post emergency and early recovery activities. To order a copy of the DVD, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.