Estrategia Internacional para la Reducción de Desastres
América Latina y el Caribe  

Revista EIRD Informa - América Latina y el Caribe
Número:13 -2006 -12/2006 - 11-/2005 - 10/2005 - 9/2004 - 8/2003 - 7/2003 - 6/2002 - 5/2002 - 4/2001- 3/2001 - 2/2000 - 1/2000



Practical Advice on Disaster Prevention: An Ounce of Prevention….

National Disaster Prevention Department
Costa Rican Red Cross

The purpose of this handbook is to provide practical advice on all stages of the natural disasters most likely to strike our region. Scientific and technical complexities have deliberately been left out so that readers can find out quickly what they need to know in order to act.

Because of this, however, the handbook should be complemented with research or professional advice by the relevant authorities, or else by coordinating the appropriate training activities with the Red Cross’ Disaster Prevention Department.

Remember: Preparedness through timely prevention and mitigation measures improves response to any extreme event and reduces vulnerability to natural hazards.

For more information please contact
José Antonio Bonilla
Departamento Nacional de Prevención de Desastres
Cruz Roja Costarricense


The Final Report of “Human Settlements” is now available.

The consultation “Local Management and Risk Reduction in Human Settlements of the Caribbean Basin”, held in Havana, Cuba, on September 17-19, was a joint initiative of the Risk and Disaster Management Division of UN-Habitat and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). On this occasion, representatives of a number of institutions including to central governments, local authorities, national offices for emergency management, and civil society at large gathered to assess the general situation of human settlements and discuss means for future collaboration and cooperation.

The final report of this consultation is also available at the following webpage:

For further information please contact