Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



(2000), "ALL HAZARDS", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 9 No. 2.



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NHC "quick response" report

The Natural Hazards Centre has published a new (and timely, in light of Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd) quick response report on the World Wide Web: QR120-Assessing Practical Knowledge of FEMA's Responsiveness and Effectiveness in the Aftermath of Hurricane Bonnie, in Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island, North Carolina, by Melissa L. Tollinger and Deborah Dixon.

Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop

The Natural Hazards Centre has compiled summaries of the many discussions and presentations that took place at the 24th Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, held in Boulder, Colorado, this summer. Those summaries, abstracts of the hazards research presented, and descriptions of the projects and programs discussed at the meeting are available in paper copy for $20.00, plus $5.00 shipping from the Publications Clerk, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Centre, Campus Box 482, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO80309-0482. Tel: (303) 492-6818; Fax: (303) 492-2151; E-mail:

Cheques should be made payable to the University of Colorado; Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards are also accepted. (Orders beyond North America require additional shipping charges; contact the Publications Clerk at the address above for details.)

Those same session summaries (but not the abstracts and project descriptions) are now available at no charge from the Hazards Centre Web page listed above. So, if you are interested in reading what leading professionals had to say about some of the cutting edge issues in disaster management, take a look at

United Nations Reliefweb site

A comprehensive Web site on the regulatory, technical, and operational aspects of telecommunications in the service of disaster management and humanitarian assistance has been established within the United Nations Reliefweb site. These pages are being maintained by the Secretariat of the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET) at the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Geneva. Comments and suggestions, including information about related URLs that could be added to those already listed, are welcome. The developers would also be grateful if existing links to their previous site ( could be replaced by links to the new site. For more information, contact Hans Zimmerman, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. Tel: +41 22 917 3516; fax: +41 22 917 0208/ 0023; E-mail:

Disaster Management (DM) at Technikon Southern Africa

Disaster Management (DM) at Technikon Southern Africa was established in 1996 through collaboration with the Disaster Management Association of Southern Africa, Cranfield University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then numerous students from South and Southern Africa have completed the organisation's internationally accredited courses in disaster management. This Web site was established to put DM's disaster management educational opportunities online. It is interactive and designed for students and practitioners alike. The site includes course materials, links to numerous additional disaster-related sites, a disaster management discussion forum, and (beginning January 2000) an interactive virtual classroom. The site developers welcome comments and suggestions. For more information, contact Dewald van Niekerk, Institute for Public Management Development, Technikon Southern Africa, Room 406C, Private Bag X6, Florida, 1709, South Africa. Tel: +2711 471 3S38; Fax: +2711 471 3568; E-mail:

The World Bank's Web site

The World Bank's Web site includes this new section addressing hazards in Latin America, with information on all World Bank disaster recovery projects in that region as well as news about recent and ongoing disasters.

Sub-regional Disaster Program

The Web site of the Sub-regional Disaster Program of the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in South America is an excellent place to locate information in Spanish about hazards/disaster management in Latin America. The site includes information and news about recent disasters, discussion lists, an index of conferences and training, several full-text documents, and links to other useful sites in both Spanish and English.

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