Issue 105 October 2006

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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...

Health Action in Crises Annual Report 2005

In 2005, disasters affected more than 150 million people worldwide. WHO’s Health Action in Crisis Program has published its annual report of a year that started with the South East...

New Bibliography on Tsunami

The U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction has started a new bibliographic compilation series entitled ISDR-BIBLIO. Much like CRID’s Biblio-des series, each new edition will be dedicated to a specific...

We Can Act! A Disaster Risk Management Communication Kit

National authorities in Guatemala, U.N. agencies and NGOs joined forces to produce this excellent communication tool for emergency preparedness and management before, during and following disasters.

New Website Collects Andean Experiences

DIPECHO-funded project to collect risk management tools, models and methodologies in the Andean Region that can be used in other communities. Information about the activities related to this project is...

Member States Continue Preparing

There is broad agreement that a pandemic would not be solely a health issue, but rather a common challenge faced by many sectors and that high-level authorities must act to...

Tobago Broadens Scope of its Disaster Office

Trinidad and Tobago’s national emergency management agency has broadened its scope of work and has become the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, ODPM.

Andean Community to Develop Disaster Information Network

Member States in the Andean Region of South America recognize the importance of information management in the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and of timely access to accurate information...

Guatemala Reopens Health Facilities Devastated by Hurricane Stan

Although Hurricane Stan was never more than a category one storm, the heavy rainfall (as opposed to hurricane-strength winds) in the mountainous regions of Guatemala caused devastating landslides and along...

Methanol Poisoning Emergency in Nicaragua

Forty-eight persons died and 15 were blinded by the toxic effects of methanol in an incident of mass poisoning in Nicaragua. Between 2-20 September, 801 people were treated for methanol...

Disaster Myths Still a Popular Topic

For 30 years, the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado (U.S.) has served as a national and international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects...

When Every Minute Counts: Earmarked Funds Save Time in Emergencies

Without immediate access to funding, response operations can be delayed in humanitarian emergencies. Unfortunately, the normal grant proposal process is not conducive to the urgency of these situations

Measuring the Socioeconomic Impact of Health Crises

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and PAHO/WHO have a great deal of collective experience in assessing the economic and health impact (respectively) of natural disasters.

New Tool Being Developed to Measure Hospital Safety

PAHO/WHO’s commitment to Safe Hospitals emphasizes the importance of: a) building new hospitals with a level of protection so they remain functional in disaster situations; and b) applying appropriate mitigation...

Survey Results on Preparedness in PAHO/WHO Member States

One year ago, the ministries of health of the Western Hemisphere asked PAHO/WHO to report on the status of disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities in the Americas. A survey...

Post-Disaster Needs Assessments: The Critical First Step

There are a variety of reasons to carry out post-disaster assessments: determining the immediate, short-term emergency needs of the survivors (the topic of this editorial); inventorying damage to housing, hospitals...