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close this bookCommunity Emergency Preparedness: A Manual for Managers and Policy-Makers (WHO, 1999, 141 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentPreface
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close this folderChapter 1 Introduction
View the documentDecision-making for emergency preparedness
View the documentWhat is emergency preparedness?
View the documentCommunity participation
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close this folderChapter 2 Policy development
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View the documentEmergency preparedness policy
View the documentIssues in emergency management policy
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close this folderChapter 3 Vulnerability assessment
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View the documentThe process of vulnerability assessment
View the documentThe planning group
View the documentHazard identification
View the documentHazard description
View the documentDescribing the community
View the documentDescription of effects and vulnerability
View the documentHazard prioritization
View the documentRecommending action
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close this folderChapter 4 Emergency planning
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentAn emergency planning process
View the documentPlanning group review
View the documentPotential problem analysis
View the documentResource analysis
View the documentRoles and responsibilities
View the documentManagement structure
View the documentStrategies and systems
View the documentContent of community emergency plans
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close this folderChapter 5 Training and education
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View the documentA systematic approach to training
View the documentPublic education
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close this folderChapter 6 Monitoring and evaluation
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View the documentProject management
View the documentChecklists
View the documentExercises
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close this folderAnnexes
View the documentAnnex 1 - Project management
View the documentAnnex 2 - Hazard description tables
View the documentAnnex 3 - Emergency preparedness checklists
View the documentAnnex 4 - Personal protection in different types of emergencies
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest

Selected WHO publications of related interest

*Prices in Swiss francs

*Prices in developing countries are 70% of those listed here.

Rapid health assessment protocols for emergencies.
1999 (97 pages) 31-

Coping with natural disasters: the role of local health personnel and the community.
1989 (97 pages) 18-

Management of severe malnutrition: a manual for physicians and other senior health workers.
1999 (60 pages) 23-

A guide to the development of on-site sanitation.
1992 (237 pages) 47-

Climate change and human health.
1996 (305 pages) 30-

Field guide on rapid nutritional assessment in emergencies.
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.
1995 (63 pages) 12-

Our planet, our health.
Report of the WHO Commission on Health and Environment.
1992 (282 pages) 45-

Mental health of refugees.
1996 (134 pages) 30-

Further information on these and other WHO publications can be obtained from Marketing and Dissemination, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.

Natural and man-made disasters - including earthquakes, floods, chemical and nuclear incidents, and warfare - occur throughout the world, often without warning. Self-evidently, the extent of the resulting emergency and the toll taken on the health of affected populations and on their social and economic life depend on the nature and severity of the original disastrous event. However, careful forward planning and preparedness to deal with emergencies can significantly reduce numbers of deaths, levels of disease, and general disruption to community life.

Any programme of disaster prevention and preparedness should promote optimum coordination between the various governmental, nongovernmental, and private organizations involved. This manual is therefore aimed primarily at local managers and decision-makers in the various sectors, including health, that need to cooperate in the process. It provides an overall view of all aspects of disaster management, including policy development, vulnerability assessment, identification, description, and ranking of potential hazards, analysis of available resources, definition of the roles and responsibilities of different groups and individuals, training, and public education. Guidance on the monitoring and evaluation of preparedness programmes is also included. The emphasis throughout is on action at the community level, since it is local people who are usually first on the scene of any emergency and who have the greatest knowledge of the local environment and potential hazards.

Price: Sw. fr. 42.-
Price in developing countries: Sw. fr. 29.40
ISBN 92 41545194