|Disasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 54 - April, 1993 (PAHO)|
Red Cross Societies Meet to Adapt the "3000 Series"
How do you turn a pile of paper into emergency assistance in times of disaster? How do you translate text into food for the hungry, first aid for the injured, and beds for the homeless?
This is what participants from Latin American Red Cross societies have been discussing as they work to produce segments of the American Red Cross Disaster Regulations and Procedures - better known as the "3000 Series" - to fit the disaster response conditions that exist in their own countries.
The American Red Cross manuals have gone through many changes in response to the increasingly complex nature of disaster programs, and the "3000 Series" is conceived as a "living" series that can be easily adapted to meet changing realities of the disaster response scenario. The documents cover everything from emergency mass casualty cure to raising money to pay for activities. For more information on this project contact Mr. Martin Perret, International Services, American Red Cross. National Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 20006, USA.
Newsletter on Radiological Protection
ARCAL, the Regional Cooperation Agreements for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America. is made up of a series of projects to promote nuclear science and technology in the Region. ARCAL I is the radiological protection project. The activities carried out by ARCAL I during the last decade have contributed to greater security against radiological accidents or emergencies. In 1994, ARCAL I will initiate a three-year project (ARCAL XVII) to enact legislation for radiological protection programs. The purpose of this project is to promote the adoption of radiological protection standards based on the latest recommendations of the International Commission for Radiological Protection, and to promote the development of regulatory infrastructure that will help countries to fulfill this essential role through standardized regional procedures.
ARCAL I publishes a newsletter (in Spanish) containing the latest news on current and future activities under the project. Readers may write for individual copies to PAHO's Centro de Documentación de Desastres. (Disaster Documentation Center, Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Apartado Postal 3745, San José 1000, Costa Rica). If you would like to be on ARCAL I's mailing list, contact Ing. Eduardo Medina Gironzini, Coordinador ARCAL I, Instituto Peruano de Energía Nuclear, Casilla 1687, Lima 100, Peru: fax (51-14) 728081; E-Mail (BITNET): email@example.com.
Networks for Social Studies in Latin America
Mach of the research and application of disaster prevention and mitigation in Latin America has been dominated by the natural and engineering sciences. The limited number of professionals and research centers working from a social perspective on disasters prompted several institutions to organize the Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America (LA RED) in 1992 to establish a multidisciplinary research and training network among institutions. One of their main objectives is to disseminate the information and documentation already available in the Region. and at their most recent meeting in Cali, Colombia. they discussed the development of periodicals and publications. Among the recommendations was increased collaboration with PAHO's Disaster Documentation Center. For more information write: Red de Estudios Sociales en Prevención de Desastres en América Latina, (ITDG), C.P. 18-0620, Lima 18, Peru. Fax: (5114) 46 66 21; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAS Passes Resolution in Support of IDNDR
At the 24th Meeting of the OAS Inter-American Council for Education, Science and Culture, held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 29 to 31 March, the assembly passed a resolution in support of the IDNDR. The resolution calls for the Secretariat of the OAS to cooperate in providing technical assistance in evaluating the vulnerability of schools and hospitals to natural hazards. as well as to promote activities for the celebration of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. giving special emphasis to reducing vulnerability in the education sector.