Emergency Preparedness Program Full text access to all PAHO disaster publications, archives on past disasters, the names of disaster coordinators in the Americas, news, meetings and more.   CRID - Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean Multiagency center with an on-line database of more than 13,000 disaster documents.

SUMA - Humanitarian Supply Management System Promotes transparency and accountability in the management of relief supplies and is the regional standard for PAHO/WHO Member Countries. The SUMA system includes software, training manuals, logistics courses and more than 3,000 trained volunteers worldwide. ISDR - International Strategy for Disaster Reduction As the successor to the IDNDR, ISDR continues enabling communities to become resilient to the effects of natural, technological and environmental hazards and reducing the compound risks they pose to social and economic vulnerabilities within modern societies.

The principal objective of the courses is to enhance the participants´ capacity to design and implement disaster reduction programs, with emphasis on the health sector.
CDERA - Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency CDERA is an inter- governmental regional disaster management organisation established in 1991 by an agreement of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Its headquarters are located in Barbados.

The Health Library for Disasters This site (also available on CD-ROM) contains the full text in HTML and PDF of more than 300 publications on disasters from PAHO, WHO, other UN agencies and NGOs. CEPREDENAC - Centro de Coordinación de Prevención de Desastres Naturales en Centro América (Spanish only) CEPREDENAC is a regional institution, component of the Central American Integration System (SICA). Its purpose is to promote natural disaster reduction, through the exchange of experience, technology and information; analysis of strategies common problems; and external cooperation.

Health and the Displaced Population in Colombia Contains information from several organizations working to improve health conditions for more than 2 million persons who have been displaced by violence in Colombia. Disaster Web Site of Andean Countries (Spanish Only) This website integrates all the institutions working in disasters in the Andean Countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru y Venezuela. Offers centralized links to many disaster resources on the Andean region.

Training material on chemical accidents (Spanish only). Technical documents from the international course "Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Disasters caused by Dangerous Chemical Products", organized by CETESB and PAHO/WHO. DIPECHO A project of Disaster Preparedness, Information and Mitigation in the Caribbean, sponsored by ECHO, the European Commission Humanitarian Office.

PAHO/WHO Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean Information on training events, new publications and topics of interest to the disaster community in the Caribbean. La RED - Red de Estudios Sociales sobre Prevención de Desastres en América Latina (Spanish only). The Social Studies Network on Prevention of Disaster is made up of ten member institutions from Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Equador, Brazil and Canada. Its purpose is research on prevention and management of disasters in Latin America, from a social perspective.

PAHO/WHO Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation in Central America (Spanish only). Special project on Reduction of Vulnerability in the Countries Affected by Hurricane Mitch. Learn about the project goals and the progress that four countries--Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala--are making to reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards following Hurricane Mitch.

Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (Guatemala). (Spanish only).

PAHO/WHO Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation in South America News, links, publications, special sections on disaster legislation and chemical accients and more.  Hospital Seguro The PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center dedicated to the reduction of natural damages in health facilities.

PAHO/WHO Nicaragua Historical data on disasters in Nicaragua, risk maps, links and more.  
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