|Health Services Organization in the Event of Disaster - A Study Guide (PAHO-OPS, 1983, 107 p.)|
Emergency Management after a Natural Disaster
In the event of a natural disaster, a nation, region, community or individual will return to normal more quickly if there has been advance planning on the use of available resources.
A plan to mobilize a country's resources for disaster management is a complex undertaking, as illustrated above.
The health sector must cooperate with other groups involved in the overall plan. In addition, they must work within the framework and priorities established by those in higher authority. Within the overall plan is a section dealing specifically with health and subplans for various units of the health sector. (See illustration at right.)
* NGO = Nongovernmental organizations (also called voluntary agencies)