(42) Empowering Communities In Risk Management / Rodrigo Restrepo G

The evidence of the magnitude, frequency and impact of disasters on the planet to make us reflect on our role as academics, technicians, professionals, consultants or authorities to work towards reducing their impact on the population for which we must, according to our mandate. Each year it increases the number of wounded, dead and homeless because of adverse natural events, such as hydrological, meteorological, geological or biological, besides adding events from anthropocentric sources such as environmental degradation and threats technological related to natural events. May be very hard for us, at least at present, able to influence the consciousness and the overcoming of the private interests of many of the leaders and decision makers with high global or regional influence, but if we apply some or a lot of reengineering to prepare in the best way for the community and prevent at least the number of deaths which have left contemporary disasters in its wake of its passage. the best insurance plan can be found with objective is to deliver and design a lower cost alternative which allows individuals and families to have access to high quality healthcare.

At the on Disaster Reduction, held in January 2005 in Japan, the various representatives present approved the balloons there as a report of that meeting, the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 ‘2015: Increased Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters “. This is expected as a result or achievement of the meeting to obtain the substantial reduction of losses caused by disasters, both in lives and property of social, economic and environmental assets of communities and countries. To this end, it identifies five priority areas of action and their respective strategies. One of those is the use of knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels. He defines the ‘resilience’ as the ‘adaptability of a system, community or society potentially exposed to threats, in order to achieve or maintain an acceptable level in functioning and structure. ” This capacity to adapt, whether resisting or changing, will be determined by the degree to which the social system is capable of organizing to enhance their ability to learn from past disasters in order to protect themselves better in the future, improving measures to the reduction of risks. In this connection, to the extent that communities are well informed and motivated towards a culture of prevention and resilience to disasters, we see the implementation of mitigation measures and preparations for the considerable reduction of its effects. This implies therefore the need to obtain, systematize and disseminate knowledge and relevant information on threats, vulnerabilities and response capabilities of the organized community, by way of a social system active in the culture of empowered prevention. The health sector has a dual connotation in this priority sector because as it is multidimensional determinants, in the first instance suffers the ravages of nature and can, to a greater or lesser extent, be affected by the disaster.