Field Manual - PAHO/WHO Regional Disaster Response Team

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This practical manual describes how the Response Team is mobilized, and objectives and responsibilities of the Team during different phases of an emergency. It also gives guidelines on mobilizing resources. The manual includes forms and checklists that can be used for health services, emergency shelters, water and sanitation, epidemiologic surveillance, damage and needs assessment, and mental health, among other areas.

This material is useful for gathering and analyzing the information needed for making decisions about effective response. The Manual for the Regional Disaster Response Team is a tool that will assist PAHO/WHO Representatives and their national counterparts to make better assessments when facing emergency or disaster situations.