Publications and Resources


For more than 30 years, the production of training material with different technical approaches, has been an important component of the PAHO / WHO Disaster Program. These include publications, video productions and online courses about risk reduction, preparation and disaster response. This section contains the complete collection of this material.

SMART Hospitals Toolkit
Abstract: This Toolkit (still under construction) is comprised of previously developed instruments such as the Hospital Safety Index. The Green Checklist and other accompanying tools support the Safe Hospitals Initiative and will guide health officials and hospital administrators in achieving SMART health care facilities.
Format: Publications
Publication date: 2013
Language: English
Model Policy for Smart Health Facilities
Abstract: This publication aims to guide the health sector in developing a policy on SMART health facilities, a policy that forms an integral part of the health agenda of PAHO’s Member States; is backed up by earmarked resources in the national budget; and counts on commited leadership at the highest level of government.
Format: Publications
Publication date: 2013
Language: English
Hospitals Don't Burn! Hospital Fire Prevention and Evacuation Guide
Abstract: This guide was created to address the vulnerability of hospitals to fires. All possible steps should be taken to minimize the hazard of fires in hospitals and the need for evacuation. The guidelines can be applied to existing hospitals that can be retrofitted to improve safety against fires, as well as to proposed facilities.
Format: Publications
Publication date: 2013
Language: English
Hospitals can withstand disasters
Abstract: This guide and accompanying materials--in French--have been designed specifically to aid in the construction of hospitals, safe from earthquakes and hurricanes, in Haiti, but the patterns shown may be of use to many countries and communities.
Format: Publications
Publication date: 2013
Language: English
Guidelines for mainstreaming the needs of older persons in disaster situations in the caribbean
Abstract: This publication takes a look at older people in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the Caribbean, and provides an overview of considerations to ensure that this group of people has the required response to their needs in disasters.
Format: Publications
Publication date: 2012
Language: English