|Disasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 64 - October, 1995 (PAHO-OPS, 1995, 8 p.)|
PAHO Disaster Information on the World Wide Web
Disaster professionals know that disaster management is information management. Now the disaster community has one more source of information. PAHO, which for years has produced and distributed a wide variety of disaster preparedness and mitigation training materials, has inaugurated a new World Wide Web site on the Internet. Here is a sample of the information you can find: What does PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program do? How can I contact the subregional offices and special projects? When disaster strikes, who is in charge in each country in Latin America and the Caribbean and how can I contact them? What guidelines are available for post-disaster donations? What audiovisual and print training materials does PAHO publish? What is the SUMA Project? The Web site also includes pointers to other electronic sources of disaster information such as the IDNDR Demonstration Project HazardNet, the G7 Project Gemini, the University of Wisconsin's Disaster Management Center which offers distance learning over the Internet, and others.
One of the most visited sections of the WWW site offers information about the PAHO/WHO Regional Disaster Documentation Center in San José, Costa Rica. Here, users can find a description of the Center's services and publications, and 15 issues of the BIBLIODES series (selected bibliographies). If you are looking for information on earthquakes, volcanoes, health effects of disasters, disaster legislation, environmental health or mental health and disasters, technological disasters, education and disasters, or schools and more, visit the Regional Disaster Documentation Center through PAHO and the WWW. You can browse through the entire collection on line. The address of PAHO's Web site is <http://www.paho.org>. The above information is also available through gopher at: <gopher://gopher.paho.org>
SUMA Mobilized after Hurricane Luis
Among the first to arrive in Antigua after Hurricane Luis was a team equipped to activate SUMA (the Supply Management Project). Volunteers from Caribbean and Central American countries sorted and inventoried incoming relief supplies, providing national authorities with information on what was arriving from donors. The Caribbean Disaster Relief Unit, made up of military units from the region. provided essential logistic support in managing the incoming relief supplies. SUMA was also deployed in St. Kitts. In Curaçao, a SUMA team sorted and classified supplies prior to their shipment to St. Maarten, and in the words of the disaster coordinator there, helped to avert a 'second disaster."
It was evident from these operations that national authorities increasingly recognize the advantages of SUMA in managing relief supplies. Training, particularly at this year's Tradewinds exercise in St. Kitts, helped to increase regional acceptance of SUMA. For more information on the SUMA project, please contact PAHO/WHO, Emergency Preparedness Program, 525 Twenty-third St., N.W., Washington. D.C. 20037, USA; Tel: (202) 861-4325: Fax: (202) 7754578; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAHO Staff on the Move
PAHO Staff on the Move
Colleagues in Latin America and the Caribbean may have noticed that PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program staff has undergone some changes. Here's an update on who is where...
Dr. Luis Jorge Pérez is now in Costa Rica where he coordinates disaster preparedness and prevention programs with authorities in Central America. You can contact him c/o PAHO/WHO, Apartado Postal 3745, San Jose, 1000, Costa Rica.
Representing the program in South America is Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet, who moved from the Barbados office to Ecuador. His address is c/o PAHO/WHO. San Javier 295 y Francisco de Orellana. Quito. Ecuador.
We would like to welcome the new subregional advisor for the Caribbean Dr. Dana Van Alphen, who has had a busy initiation to her post, thanks to this year's hurricane season. She is being assisted by Dr. Sterling Mungal, also new to the program. They can be reached c/o CPC, P.O. Box 508, Bridgetown. Barbados.
Finally. Dr. Hugo Prado left San Jose to join our staff as
Regional Advisor in Washington, replacing Dr. Jose Luis Zeballos (now the
PAHO/WHO Representative in Mexico). Dr. Prado's address: c/o PAHO/WHO, 525 23rd
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, USA: Tel: (202) 861 4325; Fax: (202)