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PAHO urges countries to prepare for “dual chance” of hurricane season and COVID-19

PAHO urges countries to prepare for “dual chance” of hurricane season and COVID-19

PAHO to maintain June 10 preparedness assembly with key agencies and worry officials at some level of the Americas.

Washington, D.C., June 8, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Properly being Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today known as on national and native authorities in countries at chance for hurricanes to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season. She warned that COVID-19 and the aptitude devastation of excessive winds and flooding fabricate preparation even more excessive than fashioned.

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“We must safeguard our countries and territories towards the dual chance of COVID-19 and the hurricane season,” Dr. Etienne acknowledged. “We must restful be obvious that that successfully being products and companies are totally operational to establish lives and offer protection to the successfully-being of populations before, within the direction of and after hurricanes. We must also be obvious that emergency care, hospitalization, ICU beds, laboratories, and quarantine and isolation products and companies are stable and purposeful.”

June 1 marked the begin of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is forecast to hang a 60% chance of above-standard job, in accordance to the U.S. Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The forecast is for 13 to 20 named storms, including 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 5 critical hurricanes.


PAHO is working to present emergency presents and attend in securing excessive products and companies in countries in Latin The USA and the Caribbean.

On June 10 PAHO will maintain a preparedness assembly with representatives from the fear coordination agencies of all countries within the Americas. The earn assembly to title sources and alter preparedness and readiness plans will encompass panelists from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), NOAA´s Nationwide Hurricane Center, the Coordination Center for Natural Catastrophe Prevention in Central The USA (CEPREDENAC, per its Spanish initials) and the Ministry of Properly being of Guatemala.

On Would possibly well well also simply 20 and 21, PAHO met with worry administration officials from seven Central American countries and the Dominican Republic to analyze the critical worry chance bargain needs.

Dr. Etienne urged officials, severely these within the Caribbean, Central The USA, Mexico, and northern South The USA, to change national hurricane response plans and habits simulation exercises. She acknowledged countries must restful refine evacuation plans, taking into consideration further measures for physical distancing and further hygiene and sanitation in shelters. She urged countries to fortify successfully being care products and companies by making sure that surge workforce and necessary presents and protecting gear will seemingly be readily accessible when wished.  

These measures and actions are especially crucial for countries and territories restful suffering the penalties of the extremely unfavourable 2020 hurricane season.

“Hurricanes ETA and IOTA in 2020 affected 9.9 million folks and did appreciable worry to scientific infrastructure especially in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia,” acknowledged Dr. Ciro Ugarte, PAHO’s Director of Properly being Emergencies. “Between final year’s storms and the continuing pandemic, preparedness and chance bargain actions are more excessive than ever.”

In the previous few weeks, most countries in Central The USA hang reported surges in COVID-19 cases, and many Caribbean countries and territories hang also reported spikes.


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PAHO urges countries to prepare for “dual chance” of hurricane season and COVID-19