Below are new or updated Internet resources that the Natural Hazards Center staff have found informative and useful. For a more complete list of some of the better sites dealing with hazards and disasters, see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/sites.html.
http://www.ciao.govThe Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) was created in response to the need to coordinate federal initiatives on critical infrastructure, and this web site supports that office’s efforts with a wide variety of information.
http://www.fema.gov/library/bizindex.shtmThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a section on its web site devoted to business continuity planning that is designed as a step-by-step approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery for all types of companies.
http://www.aap.org/terrorism/index.htmlThe American Academy of Pediatrics established this web site to provide resources and a toolkit to ensure that healthcare providers have timely access to a variety of accurate and comprehensive information about children in disasters.
http://www.opm.gov/emergency/The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has created a variety of emergency preparedness brochures to inform government officials, media, and the general public of OPM response and operations during a crisis or emergency. A select list of resources is included as well.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_WC034The Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Florida has created a document titled "Getting the News out in Times of Disaster" that presents a variety of communication strategies using a case study of Florida wildfires.
http://www.nmfi.orgThe web site for the National Mass Fatalities Institute provides information about training, support, and resources related to preparing emergency planners and responders for mass casualty incidents.
http://www.photolib.noaa.govFree, high quality coastal and environmental photographs are available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s on-line photo library. A variety of searches of these public domain photographs are available at this web site.
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=emergencyNew York City’s Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) web site contains information on emergency pet preparedness that includes a step-by-step plan for protecting pets in disaster.
http://www.disaster-info.net/SUMAThe Pan American Health Organization’s Program on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief announced that the SUMA (Humanitarian Supply Management System) web site has been given a complete facelift to provide for more dynamic service.
http://www.islandvulnerability.orgWith help and inspiration from many, a new island vulnerability web site has just gone on-line with the intent of exploring the unique challenges that islands and other isolated geographies face when dealing with risk and disasters. The web site examines the processes that create, maintain, and reduce the vulnerability of island communities.
http://mountains.unep.net/This web site portal provides access to the major events and information on mountain environments and development. Mountain areas make up 24 percent of the earth’s land surface and about 25 percent of the global population lives in or very near mountains. The site includes a section on hazards and conflicts.
http://www.nctsnet.org/nccts/nav.do?pid=hom_mainThe National Child Traumatic Stress Institute, an organization that works to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the U.S., provides in-depth resources on their web site, along with a new set of publications entitled, "Talking to Children About War and Terrorism."
http://www.glacieravalanche.org/This web site is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, National Weather Service, Glacier Country Avalanche Center Incorporated (GCAC, Inc.), and the people and businesses of Northwest Montana. It provides a wealth of information on avalanche safety and education.
http://www.coldregions.orgThe Cold Regions Bibliography Project provides access to over 200,000 citations spanning literature on snow, permafrost, glaciers, ice, and climate change. The site includes a calendar of cold region-related events.
http://www.wildfireprograms.comThe USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, in cooperation with Louisiana State University and the Southern Regional Extension Forestry office, has developed an on-line database of information about wildfire mitigation programs and policies that states and high fire-risk communities have adopted to address hazardous fuel conditions on private property. The web site currently describes programs in 21 states and more information will be added in the coming months.
http://www.meseisforum.netThe Middle East Seismological Forum (MESF) serves as an information conduit for scientific activities related to research, data acquisition, and publications on seismicity in the Middle East.
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-131-02/fs-131-02.htmlScientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) in Memphis, Tennessee, have updated their forecasts for earthquake activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. A fact sheet containing this new information is available at this web site.
Floods and Drought
http://www.ecologic.de/floods2003On February 5 and 6, 2003, water directors and experts of the European Union and newly admitted states participated in a workshop in Bonn to promote European cooperation on flood protection. The papers of this workshop, Precautionary Flood Protection–An International Exchange of Experiences, are now available on-line.
http://www.southasianfloods.org/This web site is co-sponsored by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development and the World Meteorological Organization and is designed to share and disseminate flood information throughout the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region where rivers sustain the livelihoods of over a billion people.
Table of Contents for This Issue of the Natural Hazards Observer
Index of Past Issues of the Natural Hazards Observer
Natural Hazards Center's Main Page