Newsletter Actualidad | October 2013

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In this edition…

•   13 October
International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013
•   PAHO Office in Costa Rica Supports Strengthening Capabilities in Earthquakes
•   Nicaraguan Trainers Strengthen their Knowledge
•   New WHO Publication on WHO's Functions and Responsibilities in Emergency Response
•   Authorities en El Salvador Present "Guide to Temporary Shelters"
•   Portal on Urban Humanitarian Response  
•   News briefs
•   New publications
•   Courses and events

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Newsletter / October 2013


13 october
International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013
Living with Disability and Disasters

On our planet there are approximately one billion (one thousand million) persons living with some type of disability and many of them live in zones with a high propensity for disasters. Due to their status as persons with a double vulnerability, these persons have a limited possibility for receiving aid during an emergency and for recovery even over the long term.

The lack of awareness of the emergency response and assistance personnel on how to handle disabled persons also adds to a lack of protection and adequate actions for these persons. In this regard, the IDDR 2013 Concept Note mentions:

“…According to news reports, when an earthquake struck California in 1994, a man was turned away from a shelter because the staff could not understand sign language. People with cerebral palsy were ignored because shelter volunteers thought they were on drugs, according to Handicap International”.
It was also reported that after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, there were many examples of persons with disabilities being unable to escape the waves and drowning”.
“A survey last year in Fiji of disability inclusiveness in disaster preparedness and risk reduction found, however, that persons living with disabilities are not considered in disaster evacuation processes.”

Living with Disability and Disasters is this year’s slogan for the International Day for Disaster Reduction IDDR, which is intended to heighten awareness in the world’s population as well as stakeholders involved in the decisions and policies for disaster risk reduction, of the needs and aspirations of persons with disabilities. With this goal in mind, UNISDR, UNENABLE and other partners are calling on society in general to participate on 13 October in the conversation on disability and disasters, through different initiatives displayed in social networks, sites dedicated to the topic and other programmed activities at the community and country levels being carried out by governmental entities and organisations from civil society.

CRID has also said “Present!” with a special page to support the dissemination of this event, which offers testimonies, publications on the topic and other resources of interest.

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PAHO Office in Costa Rica Supports Strengthening Capabilities in Earthquakes

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Office of Representation organised an interesting presentation on seismic activity in Costa Rica for the staff of this office and that of the Ministry of Health, in order to broaden knowledge about why there is constant seismic activity in Costa Rica, what important events have been recorded in its seismic history, and what preventive actions should we carry out prior to and during an event to protect ourselves from the effects of an important seismic event or earthquake.

The talk “Where and why do seismic events occur?” included a comparison of the effects of two earthquakes of similar magnitude that occurred in different Provinces, one on the Caribbean Coast and the other in the Pacific Ocean. These were the Limón Earthquake (22 April 1991, magnitude 7,7 Mw) which caused damages throughout an area of 8 000 kmand covered el 80% of Costa Rica’s territory and 20% of that of Panama; and the Samara Earthquake in Guanacaste Province (5 September 2012, magnitude 7,6 Mw), which produced damages in 190 localities in that province.

The talk was given by Leopold Linkimer, a specialist in Geology and member of the scientific team at the National Seismological Network (RNS: UCR-ICE). CRID, in support of this type of initiatives, makes available to the public Mr Linkimer’s presentation and an MiniKit: Information on Earthquakes, which can be found on the Centre’s web portal. This kit contains a selection of documents on the topic related to disaster prevention, preparedness and response; it also includes accounts, lessons learned, and a list of websites.

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Nicaraguan Trainers Strengthen their Knowledge on Minimum Educational Standards in Emergencies

Within the framework of the activities planned by OCHA, Save the Children, COSUDE, DIPECHO UNICEF-Plan Internacional Project, and as a part of the plan to strengthen Nicaraguan National Capacity, between 28 October and 1° November, the course on Train the Trainers in Emergency Education (CpC NMEE, by its Spanish abbreviation) will be held in Managua, aimed at key personnel in the educational sector, response bodies, NGOs and Humanitarian Agencies, in order to provide them with tools and orientations to plan, organise and facilitate courses on emergency education.

The course consists of nineteen modules that will be taught by means of Interactive Teaching Methods (ITM), used in adult education. They will also be using the guides and training materials from INEE and Education on Emergencies, produced by UNICEF, Save the Children and the INEE Inter-Agency Network.

Download the course information and registration form here.

New WHO Publication on Its Functions and Responsibilities in Emergency Response

The World Health Organisation (OMS), in its publication Emergency Response Framework, clarifies its functions and responsibilities in emergency situations that might have consequences for public health, and provides a common approach for WHO’s work in emergencies with a view to responding and better serving the affected populations.

This is explained in seven sections that include WHO’s basic commitments in emergency response; the steps to be followed between an initial alert on an event and its definitive classification as an emergency; WHO’s internal processes for classifying emergencies; WHO’s performance standards for emergency response; the function of the WHO Global Emergency Management Team (GEMT); and, WHO’s emergency response procedures (ERP).

Download the publication here.


Authorities in El Salvador Present a "Guide on Temporary Shelters" to Strengthen the National Civil Protection System

The Ministry of the Interior (Gobernación), by means of the Technical Sectorial Commission on Shelters, together with UNICEF, IOM and Save the Children presented the document: Practical Guide for Planning, Setting-up and Coordinating Temporary Shelters. This new material includes a popular version and a technical version, which will be distributed to all members of the National Civil Protection System in El Salvador.

This material constitutes part of a strategy that will allow increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of shelter coordination and operation and information management during future emergency situations.

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Portal on Urban Humanitarian Response

Global website for sharing knowledge about urban humanitarian crises developed by ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance) and UN-Habitat, as a follow-up to the 27th Annual Meeting of ALNAP “The Urban Challenge: Adapting Humanitarian Response to a Changing World”.

The portal contains information in respect of emergency response, rehabilitation and reconstruction in urban milieus. Similarly, it is home to one of the largest documentary repositories on programmes, lessons learned, policies, tools and methodologies for the design of operations and response to crises in the urban milieu. It is open to everyone and invites interested parties to contribute their own documents, news and events.

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Nicaragua Advances in Building a National Report on Integrated Risk Management
On 2 and 3 October, Nicaragua carried out the National Workshop for Consultation and Dissemination of Integrated Risk Management. Representatives from the national government, inter-governmental bodies, international organisations, donors and civil society attended, in order to promote linkages among all the sectors, share experiences and establish priorities with a view to drafting the 2013 National Report on Integrated Risk Management. More…

Global Governments Sign the Fifth IPCC Report
Last 27 September the governments of the world signed the first instalment of the most recent Report from the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC), which indicates, among other things the evidence on global warming advance and sea level increases, as a result of carbon contamination, which continues unceasingly. More…

In Costa Rica the University Community Seeks to Articulate Risk Management Initiatives
Recently, risk managers at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), including authorities, researchers, lecturers, students and administrative staff met to share experiences and identify possibilities for working together on a topic that contemplates a knowledge management mechanism and a model that takes all disciplines into account. More…

Journalists in Honduras Conclude Studies in Risk Management and Climate Change
A group of 40 journalists from different communications media and governmental agencies in Honduras, successfully completed the first formal studies program in Risk Management and Climate Change. The objective of this training programme is to train social communicators on the topic in order to carry out an effective process to impact public opinion. More…

Peru will be Site for COP20 in 2014
The Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, confirmed that Peru will host the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, COP20, at the end of 2014. This meeting as well as the other preparatory sessions to the Paris meeting in 2015, will foster the achievement of a new binding Climate Agreement, after the failure in Copenhagen in 2009 (COP15). More…

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You can have access to a collection of more than 19.000 information resources on risk management through the CRID website. To consult other publications of interest for you, visit our web.

Guía práctica para la planificación, montaje y coordinación de albergues temporales: Versión popular
Guía práctica para la planificación, montaje y coordinación de albergues temporales. Versión técnica
Ministerio de Gobernación de El Salvador. Comisión Técnica Sectorial de Albergues; Dirección General de Protección Civil (DGPC)

Cuadernillos de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres a nivel regional y local:
1. Incorporación de la gestión integral de riesgos en la planificación
2. Gestión local y desarrollo de capacidades para la  reducción del riesgo: Experiencias y herramientas de aplicación a nivel regional y local
3. Recuperación y reconstrucción post desastre: Experiencias y herramientas de aplicación a nivel regional y local
4. Preparación y respuesta a desastres: Experiencias y  herramientas de aplicación a nivel regional y local
PNUD. Área de Desarrollo Local y Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio

Generando sinergias para la reducción del riesgo de desastres en el nivel local: memorias del taller “Intercambio de Experiencias de Ciudades Colombianas en Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres"
Eric Dickson

Cartillas pedagógicas para la gestión del riesgo de desastres a nivel local en Talcahuano, región del Bio-Bio, Chile
PNUD Chile

Sistematización de variables y metodología de análisis para estudios de riesgos a ser aplicados en zonas críticas de Lima




Talleres Nacionales de Consulta y Divulgación DIPECHO
Date: October 17th Guatemala / October 21st Nicaragua / November 26th Panamá


Curso de aprendizaje virtual de tutoría y apoyo de las comunidades virtuales (en línea)
Date: October 14th, 21st, 28th, november 4th
Organize: Concertación Regional para la Gestión del Riesgo, Gestión del Conocimiento (CRGR)

Taller de Formación "Normas y Directrices para Intervención Ganadera en Emergencias" -LEGS-
Date: October 21st – 24th
Place: Guatemala
Organize: Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas, PMA

Open Classroom for Disaster Risk Reduction
Date: October 23rd
Place: Managua, Nicaragua
Organize: Alianza Nicaragüense para el cambio climático (ANACC), Mesa Nacional para la Gestión de Riesgo (MNGR), Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI)

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