Chapter 14

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Web Resources

  • CDC—Emergency Preparedness and Response— Provides users with credible, reliable health information on data and statistics, diseases and conditions, emergencies and disasters, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and popula­tions, travelers’ health, workplace safety and health, and more. Lists most recent outbreaks and incidents at
  • Disaster—Access to Disaster Help and Resources— This is a U.S. government web portal that consolidates disaster assistance information in one place.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency— FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation, we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
  • NASA Earth Observatory— The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models. Great images and information about past natural hazards.
  • National Geographic Natural Disasters— Learn how rock, wind, ice, snow, raging storms, and Earth’s inner fire have transformed the planet and life on it. Watch video from inside a tornado, create your own hur­ricane, and see photos of tsunami devastation. Awesome pictures.
  • National Hazards Center— The center collects and shares research and experience related to preparedness for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters, emphasizing the link between hazards mitigation and sustainability to both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme events.
  • United Nations Development Programme—Crisis Prevention and Recovery— The Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) works around the world to restore the quality of life for men, women, and children who have been devastated by natural disaster or violent conflict. The bureau provides a bridge between the humanitarian agencies that handle immediate needs and the long-term development phase following recovery. Interactive Disaster Risk Map on the main page lists each month and shows the dangers to each country around the world.
  • USGS—Natural Hazards Gateway— This series educates citizens, emergency managers, and lawmakers on seven natural hazards facing the nation—earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires—and shows how USGS science helps mitigate disasters and build resilient communities.