Issue 106 February 2007

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Caribbean Studies the Management of Mass Fatalities

At a workshop on management of mass fatalities after natural disasters, 44 participants from the English-speaking Caribbean islands were familiarized with the current knowledge about mass fatality management and contingency...

Legislation and Norms Showcase National Commitment to Disaster Reduction

National legislation and norms on all aspects of disasters are important indicators of a country’s commitment to vulnerability and risk reduction. Although a great deal of work has been done,...

What's new at CRID

The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID)’s mission is to promote the development of a culture of prevention in Latin American and Caribbean countries through the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related...

New Book Chronicles: Disasters in El Salvador

In October of 2005 Hurricane Stan and the Ilamatepec volcano caused devastation in large areas of El Salvador. Both events demonstrated the geographic, climatologic and social vulnerability of the country,...

Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and Governance

The School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong organized the International Conference on Disaster Management: Challenges for Governance Reforms in Asia in March, 2005, a few months...

A Handbook for Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee, created by the United Nations for a more effective response to disasters, is working on this handbook that brings practical guidance on identifying and addressing the...

FLACSO offers Platform for Distance Learning on Disasters

The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO, the Federation of the Red Cross and PAHO/WHO developed a stand-alone distance learning module entitled Policies on Health and Disasters. This module...

BVI College Offers Safer Building Courses

The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the British Virgin Islands is offering courses on Safer Building and Construction, which lead to certification. The courses are designed to reduce vulnerability...

When A Volcano Cries Wolf, The challenge of maintaining a state of alert

The Galeras volcano in Nariño is considered one of the most active in Colombia. Since June of 2004, Galeras has registered four small eruptions (the last being 12 June 2006)....

What the Tsunami Taught Us about Needs Assessment

Many remember the vivid images of the devastation resulting from the 2004 South Asia tsunami. The tsunami was a natural disaster of immense proportions - affecting 14 countries, internally displacing...

A Gender Focus in Emergency Interventions: when field tools can become barriers

Over the last two decades, disaster mortality statistics have highlighted the need for a gender-based approach that addresses vulnerabilities and strengths of the affected population. Responding to this need, international...

PAHO/WHO Collectively Aims to Reduce Disaster Risk

Reducing the health impact of disasters is too big a job for any one technical program alone. The collaboration and technical expertise of the entire Organization is key and an...

Disaster Health Library Packs Information into New Version

The Health Library for Disasters (HELID) is an interagency initiative, under the coordination of WHO and PAHO, to make disaster information accessible quickly and free of charge worldwide. Available on...

Best Practices for Conducting Needs Assessments

Assessments are an important first step to determining immediate humanitarian needs. How governments manage these assessments and coordinate with other agencies that are conducting their own evaluations have an impact...