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Haiti Crisis Emergency Response Resources, Water and Sanitation
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is coordinating a multinational effort in Haiti. For those interested in helping this effort, be it with cash donations or in-kind services, please visit the USAID website at www.usaid.gov/haiti/ for more information.
The information below was posted Thursday, January 14, 2010.
American Water Works Association (AWWA).
AWWA Interim Executive Director, Paula MacIlwaine, issued this statement regarding the devastating earthquake in Haiti. January 14, 2010
Lantagne, D and Clasen T (2009).
Point of Use Water Treatment in Emergency Response
Dr. Peter Gleick, SFGate Blog.
Water for Haiti: Now, January 13, 2010
WHO Technical Notes for Emergencies
- 1. Cleaning and disinfecting wells
- 2. Cleaning and disinfecting boreholes
- 3. Cleaning and disinfecting water storage tanks and tankers
- 4. Rehabilitating small-scale piped water distribution systems
- 5. Emergency treatment of drinking water at the point of use
- 6. Rehabilitating water treatment works after an emergency
- 7. Solid waste management in emergencies
- 8. Disposal of dead bodies
- 9. How much water is needed
- 10. Hygiene promotion in emergencies
- 11. Measuring chlorine levels in water supplies
- 12. Delivering safe water by tanker
- 13. Planning for excreta disposal in emergencies
- 14. Technical options for excreta disposal
- 15. Cleaning wells after seawater flooding
- 16. Complete: all 15 notes in one file
Environmental health in emergencies and disasters: a practical guide
Edited by B. Wisner and J. Adams
The WHO Guide to sanitation in natural disasters (Assar, 1971) summarized the essential aspects of environmental health management in disasters. These included the provision of emergency water and sanitation services; the burial or cremation of the dead; vector and pest control; food hygiene; and the assessment of the danger of epidemics following emergencies and disasters, etc. Thirty years later these aspects remain essential, though the needs, challenges and opportunities are greater.
The present book deals not only with emergency response, but also with measures designed to reduce the impact of disasters on environmental health infrastructure, such as water supply and sanitation facilities. It also aims to strengthen the ability of people to withstand the disruption of their accustomed infrastructure and systems for environmental health (e.g. shelter, water supply, sanitation, vector control etc.) and to recover rapidly.
Download the individual chapters:
- Table of contents, Preface, Acknowledgements [pdf 432kb]
- Chapter 1. About this book [pdf 151kb]
- Chapter 2. The nature of emergencies and disasters [pdf 486kb]
- Chapter 3. Predisaster activities [pdf 214kb]
- Chapter 4. Emergency response [pdf 261kb]
- Chapter 5. Recovery and sustainable development [pdf 186kb]
- Chapter 6. Shelter and emergency settlements [pdf 333kb]
- Chapter 7. Water supply [pdf 1.01Mb]
- Chapter 8. Sanitation [pdf 654kb]
- Chapter 9. Food safety [pdf 154kb]
- Chapter 10. Vector and pest control [pdf 325kb]
- Chapter 11. Control of communicable diseases and prevention of epidemics [pdf 208kb]
- Chapter 12. Chemical incidents [pdf 393kb]
- Chapter 13. Radiation emergencies [pdf 221kb]
- Chapter 14. Mortuary service and handling of the dead [pdf 103kb]
- Chapter 15. Health promotion and community participation [pdf 218kb]
- Chapter 16. Human resources [pdf 159kb]
- References [pdf 147kb]
- Annexes 1 to 3 [pdf 87kb]
- Annexes 4 to 6 [pdf 68kb]
- Environmental Health at USAID: www.ehproject.org
- Indoor Air Pollution Updates: iapnews.wordpress.com
- Sanitation Updates: sanitationupdates.wordpress.com
- Urban Health Updates: urbanhealthupdates.wordpress.com
- Cholera Google Group: groups.google.com/group/cholera-control
- Household Water Treatment Google Group: groups.google.com/group/household-water-treatment