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close this bookEcology of Natural Disasters (Université Catholique de Louvain , 1971, 24 p.)
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Points proposed for discussion

How are populations informed that a disaster may occur?

Actual mechanisms through which after the occurence of a disaster informations are collected and validated, extent and type of damage is assessed, and needs are estimated by the local or national authorities. How to centralize and coordinate at the national level the information forwarded by local authorities, regional authorities and voluntary agencies.

Review of the types of needs likely to arise in case of disaster (equipment, supplies and personnel). Identification of needs according to type of disasters.

Pre-collection of basic informations on local resources and possible needs, including needs in personnel, of disaster-prone countries. Possibility of organizing information banks at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Storing, inventorying and updating of stocks, among which medical supplies, at the national or possibly international levels, for use in case of disasters. Problems in marking, addressing, receiving, storing and storing relief supplies. Review of existing difficulties and pitfalls.

Problems of design (standardization, relief kits, packing).

Agreements with countries of transit for the shipment of relief supplies and personnel (such as standing bilateral or multinational national agreements for flying over and landing of aicrafts).

Food technology for disasters. Priorities in food assistance. World Food Bank.

Actual procedure for requesting international assistance.

How making advance information on administrative structures and constraints of disaster-prone countries available at the international level?

Inventory of types and skills of personnel immediately available for rescue and assistance in case of disasters, including health personnel. Use of volunteers. Training of such personnel.

Optimal composition of multi-disciplinary relief teams. Health teams for disasters.

The status of international personnel participating to rescue and relief activities.

Importance of telecommunications, including substitute means (radio hams). Possibility of allocating special radio frequencies for aid requests in case of disaster.