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close this bookDisasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 48 - October, 1991 (PAHO)
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Review of publications

The books referred to below have been abstracted from review copies received from the publisher by the Editor of this Newsletter. Except where noted otherwise, none of the books are available from PAHO. The publisher and the list price (when available) are included at the end of the abstracts for readers who are interested in purchasing the books.

Disaster Survival Planning: A Practical Guide for Businesses. Judy Kay Bell. Disaster Survival Planning, Inc., California, 200 pp. 1991 (English)

This book outlines the five distinct levels of planning necessary to create business recovery plans. It describes how to gain executive support from top managers and create plans that encompass all employee levels. For organizations which have already formed emergency centers, it explains how to test them before disaster strikes. There are descriptions of key positions employees will assume to activate their own emergency response teams. The book concludes with a chapter on how to implement the strategies discussed. Written in a simple, straight-forward syle, the information contained in this book can certainly apply to health sector institutions as well as to private sector companies.

- US$19.95. Disaster Survival Planning, Inc. 669 Pacific Cove Drive, Port Hueneme, CA 93041 U.S.A. (805) 984-9547.

New Slide Program on Mental Health

Disasters cause more than one type of trauma. Often when one considers the health effects of disasters, fractures, burns and other physical trauma come to mind. But disasters also cause psychological trauma that are every bit as serious: bereavement, anxiety, depression and stress. In addition, disasters leave a sequela of socioeconomic problems, such as unemployment and homelessness, that affect the mental health of survivors who must deal with these issues.

To address these important points, PAHO has produced a slide program entitled Mental Health Management after Disasters. It has been written for health professionals who may be called upon to recognize mental health issues in disaster preparedness and response. Its purpose is to encourage a dialogue among disaster planners and policy makers, before a disaster, to ensure that mental health is addressed in a community's disaster plan.

Presently this program is available only in English. The Spanish version will be ready in November. Readers who would like information on obtaining a copy may write to the Editor of this Newsletter.

Disaster Documentation Center

We've said it before, but it bears repeating: the success of the Disaster Documentation Center, established in San Jose, Costa Rica, will be measured by how well it gets the information to those who need it in the disaster community in Latin America and the Caribbean. With this in mind, the Center has prepared simple selected bibliographies, by topics, taken from the Center's growing database. Each reference contains author, title and identification code.

In contrast to the DESINDEX, which is a complete cross reference system for indexing and retrieving disaster material and mainly of use to libraries and other Documentation Centers, these new selected bibliographies, called BIBLIODES, have been produced to reach a wider audiences and to stimulate a greater number of requests for information. The first two issues are now available on earthquakes and environmental health in disasters. To receive copies of these bibliographies, or to let the Disaster Documentation Center know what topics are of interest to you, write Centro de Documentación de Desastres, Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Apartado 3745. San José 1000, Costa Rica.