Disaster Relief Organizations
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross provides extensive information on disaster mitigation, management, and recovery. In particular, a large collection of individual and community disaster preparedness, response, and recovery information is available from www.redcross.org/services/disaster. The material is available in many foreign languages. The Red Cross, in conjunction with several other public and private agencies that deal with disasters, also published the online Talking About Disaster Guide for Standard Messages - a set of standard disaster safety messages on 13 hazards, as well as general disaster safety information. Through this project, major national agencies have agreed on standard messages about disaster safety, and they encourage others to consult this guide when preparing information to ensure consistency in the messages presented to the general public.
Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
The Center of Excellence (COE) in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance provides education, training, and research regarding international disaster management and humanitarian assistance. COE is a partnership of the United States Pacific Command, the Pacific Health Services Support Area of Tripler Army Medical Center, and the University of Hawaii. Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, the center conducts needs assessments, program development and evaluation, curriculum development, conferences, training programs, and research. The COE Web site describes the many training and education opportunities supported by the center, incorporates an online version of the Center's magazine The Liaison, and provides much other information and publications about disaster management and humanitarian aid both in the Pacific Rim and worldwide. In particular, it includes an online version of Disaster Response: Principles of Preparation and Coordination, a classic text by Erik Auf der Heide.
ReliefWeb is a site maintained by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA - see below) intended to aid national agencies and nongovernmental organizations involved in emergency and disaster relief worldwide. The site addresses prevention, preparedness, and response, and includes country and emergency profiles, a bulletin section with daily updates, a "What's New" feature that directs the reader to recently added information, and various maps of countries and regions where emergency operations are currently underway.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
This site - the "Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Online" - is the principle source of information on the activities of OCHA, the United Nations (UN) agency responsible for UN response to disasters and complex emergencies. It includes information about the office; its latest emergency reports; emergency information by country/region; sections on coordination and emergency response, and disaster reduction; a list of OCHA publications; news about and from IRIN - OCHA's Integrated Regional Information Networks www.irinnews.org/); and information on training, conferences, and workshops.
Humanitarian Early Warning Service
The United Nation's World Food Programme set-up this new Web site to monitor natural hazards around the world and help the international community anticipate humanitarian crises. HEWSweb (Humanitarian Early Warning Service) is updated daily with forecasts from a range of specialized institutions on droughts, floods, tropical storms, earthquakes, and rarer events such as El Nino. It represents an interagency partnership project aimed at establishing a common platform for humanitarian early warnings and forecasts for natural hazards and sociopolitical developments worldwide.
The Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters
The Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters at the School of Public Health, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, maintains one of the Web's more comprehensive databases of disaster information. The site includes background information; a "what's new" update section; the searchable database covering over 10,000 disasters; "disaster profiles" (now including data on epidemics) presented in three sub-sets: "top 10," "chronological table," and "raw data," and grouped according to country, region, world, and disaster type; summary data; maps; a bibliographic database; and links to other useful sites. Additionally, a country-by-country database compiled by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assist and CRED is available via the United Nations ReliefWeb site: http://www.reliefweb.int [see above].
The Pacific Disaster Center and Thoughtweb Inc. have created this Web site to facilitate information sharing and collaboration regarding the ongoing relief efforts pertaining to the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. The objective of the site is to provide personalized and highly relevant, up-to-date knowledge and situation awareness so users can be effective and efficient in doing what they can to support the tsunami relief and recovery effort.
The mission of ResponseNet is to provide accurate, timely, easy to use, free, and relevant information universally for the development stakeholders and ongoing humanitarian needs.
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