COPING WITH NATURAL DISASTERS: THE ROLE OF LOCAL HEALTH PERSONNEL AND THE COMMUNITY
( By A Working Guide (WHO - OMS, 1989) )

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Chapter 5.Basic education

Experience shows that even in the absence of specific disaster-preparedness activities, the population and the staff of public services respond much better if beforehand the community develops activities and initiatives based on:


encounters, exchanges, the expression of needs, information and communication,

community discussion and action to gain an understanding of the causes of disasters and associated problems, plan the most appropriate measures and put them jointly into effect,

a feeling of belonging to the community by making proper use of local cultural values, forms of social life, resources and products,

combating the rejection or exclusion of the disabled, the mentally ill, the handicapped and other persons in difficulty,

the development of assistance and mutual aid,

meetings with local authorities and collective discussions to resolve community problems.

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