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Theme 3. Sharing Pacific-Rim Experiences in Disasters: Summary and Action Plan

  • Catherine Hickson (a1), Michael Schull (a2), Emilio Huertas Arias (a3), Yasufumi Asai (a4), Jih-Chang Chen (a5), Henry K. Cheng (a6), Noboru Ishii (a7), Tatsuya Kinugasa (a8), Patrick Chow-In Ko (a9), Yuichi Koido (a10), Yoshio Murayama (a11), Poon Wai Kwong (a12) and Takashi Ukai (a13)...

Abstract

Introduction:

The discussions in this theme provided an opportunity to address the unique hazards facing the Pacific Rim.

Methods:

Details of the methods used are provided in the preceding paper. The chairs moderated all presentations and produced a summary that was presented to an assembly of all of the delegates. Since the findings from the Theme 3 and Theme 7 groups were similar, the chairs of both groups presided over one workshop that resulted in the generation of a set of action plans that then were reported to the collective group of all delegates.

Results:

The main points developed during the presentations and discussion included: (1) communication, (2) coordination, (3) advance planning and risk assessment, and (4) resources and knowledge.

Discussion:

Action plans were summarized in the following ideas: (1) plan disaster responses including the different types, identification of hazards, focusing training based on experiences, and provision of public education; (2) improve coordination and control; (3) maintain communications, assuming infrastructure breakdown; (4) maximize mitigation through standardized evaluations, the creation of a legal framework, and recognition of advocacy and public participation; and (5) provide resources and knowledge through access to existing therapies, the media, and increasing and decentralizing hospital inventories.

Conclusions:

The problems in the Asia-Pacific rim are little different from those encountered elsewhere in the world. They should be addressed in common with the rest of the world.

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Abstracts for each of the presentations may be accessed from:

5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine (5APCDM): Theme 3. Sharing Pacific Rim Experiences in Disasters, Prehosp Disast Med 2000; 15(3):s45–s52 (http://pdm.medicine.wisc.edu).
5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine (5APCDM): Theme 7. International Experiences in DisastersPrehosp Disast Med 2000;15(3): s74–s81. (http://pdm.medicine.wisc.edu).
1.DeGrace, M, Ericson, D, Folz, H, Greene, W, Ho, K, Pearce, L: Proceedings for the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine: Creating an agenda for action. Prehosp Disast Med 2001;16(1):1821.

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Theme 3. Sharing Pacific-Rim Experiences in Disasters: Summary and Action Plan

  • Catherine Hickson (a1), Michael Schull (a2), Emilio Huertas Arias (a3), Yasufumi Asai (a4), Jih-Chang Chen (a5), Henry K. Cheng (a6), Noboru Ishii (a7), Tatsuya Kinugasa (a8), Patrick Chow-In Ko (a9), Yuichi Koido (a10), Yoshio Murayama (a11), Poon Wai Kwong (a12) and Takashi Ukai (a13)...

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