New materials produced by PAHO/WHO are part of a project to strengthen local health services during disasters in the Andean region. The disaster preparedness program of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department is supporting production of these materials as part of the fourth phase of the DIPECHO (Disaster Preparedness ECHO) action plan. The materials are available on the Internet at Copies are available through CRID (

Preparedness for Health Aspects of Local Disaster Response
This book provides guidelines on important activities in the sectors of health, water, and sanitation that should be part of any local preparedness plan for disaster and emergency response. It also illustrates basic aspects of local organization during emergencies.

Is Your Hospital Safe? Questions for Health Personnel
This is a practical guide that uses questions and answers to identify the most common type of vulnerability found in health facilities. Graphics illustrate mitigation measures that are easy to apply and that primarily relate to nonstructural and functional aspects of hospital safety. Available in July 2007.

Monitoring Water Quality in Disasters
This book highlights experiences gleaned from disasters, and provides specific requirements for drinking water supply immediately following a disaster. It recommends ways to avoid certain practices that contaminate water supplies—these practices are common among disaster victims and even among personnel responsible for water distribution. Available in July 2007.

Safeguarding Rural Water and Sanitation Systems from the Impact of Disasters
This document addresses the most common types of damage caused by a variety of hazards in rural water and sanitation systems. Suggestions are given for mitigation measures that will lessen the impact on these systems. The book is a valuable training tool for applying these measures in the field.

Interactive CD: Multimedia Simulation for Flood Response
This interactive CD is a novel multimedia training tool that assists in conducting simulation exercises for flood response. Special software guides a group of 25 persons (representing the Emergency Operations Center for health) in how to interact while playing a variety of roles according to the sequence of events presented in the exercise.

Lessons Learned In Local Health Management during Disasters
Materials included in this CD both document and organize tools, models, and methods that have already been tested in managing local disaster risk. The focus is on the management of health, water, and sanitation as developed in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. These methods can be replicated (with necessary modifications) in other communities. Available in August 2007.