6.1. Planning

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planificacionCurrent technological advances and changes in design philosophy and quality assurance standards for construction and infrastructure maintenance make it possible to mitigate damage from natural hazards. However, technical, economic, and political/social limitations make it impossible to reach high levels of protection for all situations.

Therefore, taking into account the characteristics of the health services network, the population’s epidemiological profile, and the available economic resources, it is possible to determine which facilities have a high level of operational safety, and which have well-protected infrastructure (although the latter may not be able to function immediately after an emergency, they can recover within a reasonable timeframe and with controlled costs).