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Four preparedness booklets supplement the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s recently re-released Are You Ready. They are Preparing for Disaster, Helping Children Cope with Disaster, Food and Water in an Emergency, and Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs. These guides and more can be found at www.fema.gov/preparedness/prepare_guides_links.shtm.
Department of Homeland Securitywww.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/rl32863.pdf
Homeland Security Department: FY2006 Appropriations from the Congressional Research Service is a guide to the US Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2006. It summarizes the status of the bill, its scope, major issues, funding levels, and related congressional activity.
Congressional Research Servicewww.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/rl32837.pdf
This Congressional Research Service report, Science and Technology Policy: Issues for the 109th Congress, discusses the influence that science and technology have over a wide range of policy issues and the related funding challenges.
Congressional Research Servicewww.mipt.org/pdf/crs_rl32803.pdf
The National Preparedness System: Issues in the 109th Congress from the Congressional Research Service provides background information on the six National Preparedness System documents and identifies related issues, such as compliance and federalism, that may be subject to congressional debate.
New York City Office of Emergency Managementwww.nyc.gov/html/oem/pdf/seniors_disabilities_english.pdfwww.nyc.gov/html/oem/pdf/rny_smallbiz.pdf
As part of its ongoing effort to help all New Yorkers better prepare for emergencies, the New York City Office of Emergency Management has released Ready New York for Seniors and People with Disabilities and Ready New York: Emergency Planning for Small and Mid-sized Companies.
12th Disasters Roundtablewww.nap.edu/catalog/11274.html
The 12th Disasters Roundtable workshop focused on grand challenges in science and technology related to society’s vulnerability to disaster. Agencies and stakeholders from the disaster research and policy community gathered to discuss research and program priorities for the future. They identified problems in science and technology that might be resolved by coordinated and sustained investments in research, education, communication, and the application of knowledge and technology. The summary is available here.
Public Entity Risk Institutewww.riskinstitute.org/newsite/uploads/pdr_finalreport_04_22_05.pdf
This is the final report on the Oregon Natural Hazards Workshop’s (ONHW) Public Entity Risk Institute-supported three year project to coordinate the implementation of the Institute of Business & Home Safety Showcase State program in Oregon. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of coordinating a state-wide disaster mitigation effort and how ONHW plans to continue promoting disaster mitigation in Oregon.
Pacific Disaster Centerwww.pdc.org/atlas/html/atlas-init.jsp
The Pacific Disaster Center has redesigned and enhanced its web-based hazards atlas to support disaster management and humanitarian assistance communities in the Asia-Pacific region and Hawaii. The updated atlas provides a geospatial framework through which a wealth of hazards-related information can be viewed, including real-time and historical tropical cyclone tracks, earthquake locations, wildfires, and tsunami run-up zones.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountantswww.redcross.org/financialplanning/
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Foundation, the National Endowment for Financial Education, and the American Red Cross have launched this new, broad-based disaster preparedness and planning guide to help consumers take steps to minimize financial loss before a disaster strikes.
2004 Church World Service Emergency Response Programwww.cwserp.org/training/forum.php
Select video presentations from the 2004 Church World Service Emergency Response Program Forum on Domestic Disaster Ministry are available here. Presentations include “Overview of disaster research,” “Participatory action research,” “Preparing neighborhoods for disasters,” and “Breaking out of cycles of trauma.”
Papers presented at the recent ISCRAM2005 meeting (the second International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) are available online. Site registration is required to access the papers.
Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Higher Education Projecthttp://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/jobmarket.asp
This report, Emergency Management and Related Labor Market Data and Statistics, 2005, was conducted for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Higher Education Project in response to requests from collegiate academics and administrators interested in developing emergency management type programs on their campuses.
AIR Worldwide Corporationwww.air-worldwide.com/_public/html/whitepaper.asp
To help insurers and re-insurers analyze and prepare for future multiple-catastrophe years, AIR Worldwide Corporation has released Analyzing and Preparing for Multiple Event Seasons.
US Senate Commerce Committee’s Disaster Preventionhttp://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/witnesslist.cfm?id=1530
On June 8, the US Senate Commerce Committee’s Disaster Prevention and Prediction Subcommittee held its first hearing, a hearing on research and development to protect America’s communities from disaster. Prepared panelist testimonies and a video of the hearing are available here (Fast forward video about 16 minutes.).
International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”www.disasterscharter.org/
The objective of the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” is to provide a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or human-caused disasters through authorized users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property. Visit this web site to find out more about the charter and its member agencies.
Benfield Hazard Research Centrehttp://benfieldhrc.com/activities/publications.htm
Two new working papers about mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in organizations have been published by the Benfield Hazard Research Centre. Social Learning and Adaptation to Climate Change (Working Paper 11) and Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction: A Tool for Development Organisations (Working Paper 12) are available here.
San Francisco, California, Office of Emergency Serviceswww.72hours.org/
Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese, this web site from the San Francisco, California, Office of Emergency Services instructs residents on how to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. It also provides information on what to do in response to specific disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Managementhttp://eprepared.org/
This public web site created by the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management encourages and facilitates the training and affiliation of disaster volunteers. Through map-based technology, the site links potential disaster volunteers with agencies that can use their skills. It also enables organizations and Citizen Corps entities to become more effective in their disaster work by helping to build their volunteer base.
This 2004 issue of Aging Successfully, a newsletter of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, provides information about how elderly persons and health care providers working with them can prepare to minimize the human toll caused by disasters.
US Senate Commerce Committee’s Disaster Prevention and Prediction Subcommitteehttp://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/witnesslist.cfm?id=1591
On July 27, the US Senate Commerce Committee’s Disaster Prevention and Prediction Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the need for a national all-hazards alert and public warning system. Prepared panelist testimonies and an audio transcript of the hearing are available here.
The ICE (in case of emergency) campaign, which gained widespread coverage in the wake of the London bombings in July, encourages cell phone users to type the acronym ICE followed by an emergency contact name and number into the address book of their phones. This information can aid emergency responders in quickly notifying an individual’s ICE contact should the need arise. The background and details of ICE can be found at this web site.
Benfield Hazard Research Centrewww.benfieldhrc.org/disaster_studies/disability&disasters/d&d_index.htm
The Benfield Hazard Research Centre has launched a new web page on disability and disasters. The primary aim is to identify publications and unpublished material on the subject (in print or online), field initiatives, and people working in the field. An annotated list of publications, outlines of known research and field projects, and details of key contacts will be updated periodically on this web page. This work will be ongoing. Details of publications, initiatives, and people working in the field are therefore welcome.
US Army Corps of Engineers’ Intergovernmental Planswww.englink.usace.army.mil/igp/
The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Intergovernmental Plans web site provides state, federal, and local governments with planning and execution guides for commodities distribution, emergency temporary power, debris removal, and more.