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.
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.
ChildFund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. They promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.
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].
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