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Guide for Emergency Preparedness and Correct Action in Emergency Situations

Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), (2017)

Stay­ing sa­fe in spi­te of a di­sas­ter. What can you do for your sa­fe­ty in the event of a di­sas­ter? In spring 2013, af­ter weeks of rain, who­le are­as of southern, eas­tern and nor­thern Ger­ma­ny we­re be­set by ca­ta­stro­phic floods. Sett­le­ments va­nis­hed in the floods up to the roofs of the hou­ses, tens of thou­sands of emer­gen­cy per­son­nel and vol­un­teers strug­gled against the wa­ter with sand­bags. Vil­la­ges and parts of towns had to be eva­cua­ted, and the ci­ti­zens we­re on­ly ab­le to ta­ke the es­sen­ti­als with them. Di­sas­ters are part of li­fe. Al­most eve­ry day, we can read about di­sas­ters and lar­ges­ca­le emer­gen­cies in a va­rie­ty of me­dia and see the images of de­struc­ti­on and suf­fe­ring. The­se are not just ma­jor di­sas­ters which af­fect lar­ge are­as for a long ti­me. Lo­cal tor­ren­ti­al rain, a se­ve­re storm, an elec­tric power break­down re­sul­ting from such a storm, or a hou­se fi­re can trig­ger a ve­ry per­so­nal di­sas­ter for each in­di­vi­du­al, each fa­mi­ly, which has to be over­co­me. Ta­ke the ti­me to con­tem­pla­te your per­so­nal emer­gen­cy plan­ning. This bro­chu­re aims to help you to de­ve­lop your per­so­nal pre­pa­red­ness plan. The brochure is also available in different languages:

International Health Regulations (2005) and chemical events

World Health Organization , (2015)

In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States adopted the revised International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005). The Regulations provide a unique public health framework in the form of obligations and recommendations that enable countries to better prevent, prepare for and respond to public health events and emergencies of potential international concern, including chemical events.

Decontamination using the 'rine-wipe-rinse' technique

World Health Organization , (2018)

Initial clinical management of patients exposed to clinical weapons: Emergency wet decontamination using the 'rinse-wipe-rinse' technique is simple, effective and requires minimal equipment and training. This technique may be adapted to the situation and available resources. Also available in Arabic:

Initial clinical management of patients exposed to chemical weapons: Basic Equipment for Emergency

World Health Organization, (2018)

Arabic version available:

Signs and symptoms of chemical exposure

World Health Organization, (2018)

Arabic version available:

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