|International Health Relief Assistance (PAHO, 1986, 32 pages)|
All countries must identify their vulnerability to disasters and establish appropriate measures to mitigate the impact on the most vulnerable populations.
Recognizing the health focus of this meeting;
Aware that disaster management and related political aspects have a significant impact on the provision of short and medium-term health care;
Recognizing that disaster relief in its initial phases often requires other technologies associated with health;
Referring to the United Nations General Assembly's resolutions giving UNDRO the responsibility to support country preparedness plans and prevention programs; and
Aware of the fact that the establishment of a communication system can be no longer postponed,
1 All countries identify their vulnerability to natural and man made disasters;
2 All countries establish appropriate measures to mitigate the impact of disasters on the most vulnerable populations;
3 International agencies and countries encourage the development of common relief management systems;
4 These management systems include on-site management of the emergency, as well as the support systems of communications, search, rescue, and logistics and their related technologies;
5 Countries and international agencies develop plans, training methods, and simulation exercises as part of their preparedness activities; and
6. Countries promote and carry out, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, the establishment of a quick, continuous and permanent communication system among the countries of the Americas.