This CD-ROM contains an assortment of training and dissemination material on disaster mitigation in water and sanitation systems. An effort has been made to assemble or create the most effective material, including a slideshow and a compilation of technical papers on the subject that describe the theoretical and practical aspects of vulnerability assessment and introduce basic mitigation measures that can be taken in response to each of the natural hazards common in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The heart of the material is a presentation, in PDF format, that has been designed for use in courses and workshops.  In addition, the following material is included:

Twelve technical publications by PAHO/WHO and seven by other institutions on the subject (in PDF format).
A set of posters on disaster mitigation in water and sanitation systems that can be printed and used as promotional or dissemination material.
An annotated compilation of links to the Web sites of agencies and institutions working on this field.
Two fragments of a video about "El Niño" phenomenon and Orosi Aqueduct Project
Finally, the software needed to view these technical materials.

Professionals and technicians involved in the design, construction, maintenance and management of water and sanitation infrastructure are the target audience of this package, the purpose of which is to promote and facilitate the incorporation of disaster mitigation measures in such infrastructure in order to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters and to ensure that services can continue to function in their aftermath. Training material of the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Area, PAHO/WHO Regional Office made in collaboration with experts from Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pan American Center for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences “CEPIS/OPS”.

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The CD-ROM is compatible with Windows 3.1 and higher, including Windows 95, 98, and NT. A PC with a Pentium II processor (or its equivalent) running at least at 66 MHz is recommended, as well as a hard disk with no less than 40 MB of available space.

Microsoft PowerPoint™ 97 or higher is needed to view the presentation. In case this program is not installed on your computer, you may install PPTViewer97, included in the package, which allows you to open and run the presentation. The publications are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)™ and require Adobe Acrobat Reader™ for viewing. This program is freeware; version 5.0 is included in the CD-ROM. The videos can be viewed with Windows Media Player (version 7 or higher).

© Pan American Health Organization, 2005