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close this bookA World Safe from Natural Disasters - The Journey of Latin America and the Caribbean (PAHO)
close this folderChapter 4: The wake-up call: From improvisation to response planning
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View the documentThe evolution of national response organizations
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View the documentNew ideas for answering an old call
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Conclusions

The response to disasters, both by the nations affected and from the international community, has gradually improved in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last 30 years (see Box 4.5). The relief phase is no longer spontaneous, disorganized, or uncoordinated; response is now based on advance plans that have been tested and validated. The active participation of governmental organizations and international agencies means that international assistance is no longer as necessary in the immediate response phase but can be better utilized in the rehabilitation and reconstruction stages. This transition, accomplished in a relatively short period of time, is a result of the institutionalization of disaster preparedness programs, initially in the Ministries of Health, and later in other governmental offices. Today, disaster preparedness programs are being carried out in the entire Region.

The relief please is no longer spontaneous, disorganized, or uncoordinated; response is bused on advance plans that have been tested and validated.