|Disasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 27 - July, 1986 (PAHO)|
14-18: The Government of Canada and the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association are sponsoring a 4-day international symposium on Dangerous Goods Emergency Response. To be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, the symposium will focus on emergency communications, dissemination of information, emergency response training and marine chemical spills. For further information write: Ms. L. Hogan, Canadian Chemical Producers' Association, Suite 805, 350 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1R 7S8.
23-26: The 1st Pan American Congress on Disasters and Emergencies will be held at the Hospital de Clínicas in Montevideo, Uruguay. A simulation exercise is scheduled to take place one day before the opening session. Topics of presentation will include mass casualty management; national, regional and interhospital disaster preparedness plans; search, rescue, triage and evacuation, and characteristics of different types of disasters. For further information, write: Dr. Nelson Varela Paz, Presidente, Sociedad Médico Quirúrgica de Emergencia del Uruguay, Hospital de Clínicas, Av. Italia s/n, Montevideo, Uruguay.
5-9: The Third International Congress on Disaster Preparedness and Relief will take place at the Congress Palace in Barcelona, Spain. The Congress will deal primarily with water-related disasters, (floods, hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis) and topics for discussion include the study, prevention and management of these disasters, rescue and evacuation, and health related aspects of disasters. For further information contact: Emergencia 86 Congress Secretariat, Palacio de Congresos, Av. Maria Christina, 08004 Barcelona, Spain.
27-30: The 1st International Conference on Natural Disasters will be held in Havana, Cuba next January. Sponsored by the Civil Defense in conjunction with the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Public Health, international specialists in the field will discuss meteorological phenomena and how they contribute to natural disasters-, the health sector in the face of disaster; seismological studies as a means of preventing natural disasters; technological disasters and their affect on man and the environment; and training the population to confront natural disasters. For further information write: Lic. Daniel Alonso Dominguez, Director, Oficina Cubana de Desastres, Ministerio de Salud Pública, La Habana, Cuba.
7-10: A World Conference on Chemical Accidents is slated for next July in Rome, Italy. The Conference will present an evaluation of the prevention of, and preparedness for, chemical accidents in containing their impact and improving the response to them. The Conference is issuing a call for papers, which must be received by 3 November 1986. Contributions may deal with the following aspects of chemical accidents: prevention; contingency planning; emergency response; rehabilitation following chemical accidents; and case studies and surveys. For further information, write: World Conference on Chemical Accidents, Secretariat, CEP Consultants Ltd., 26 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH 13QH, United Kingdom.