Issue 15 - Article 17

Virtual Disaster Library

June 5, 2003
PAHO, Washington DC

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has developed a CD-ROM Virtual Disaster Library in collaboration with the Regional Disaster Information Center and the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. The library contains more than 25,000 pages of experiences, ideas and solutions to advance the cause of disaster reduction, and calls itself ‘the most complete collection of technical information on disasters and emergencies’ worldwide.

The Virtual Disaster Library contains:

  • More than 250 complete technical publications in English or Spanish on a variety of subjects related to preparedness, mitigation and response to disasters, especially in the health sector;
  • All the technical publications on disasters published by PAHO (in English, Spanish or French) from 1979 to January 1999;
  • The complete collection (from 1979 to 1999) in English and Spanish of the PAHO newsletter DISASTERS: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas;
  • selection of documents from the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction and Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission.

In addition to the CD-ROM version, the library can be freely accessed through the internet at the following websites: and


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