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On the web
Article Type: On the web From: Disaster Prevention and Management, Volume 17, Issue 2.
PreventionWeb, which launched on November 15, 2007, is a new information service that will increase knowledge, networking, and action on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The new web portal will provide a common tool for both specialists and non-specialists interested in or working in DRR-related fields. PreventionWeb is a project of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) secretariat and is expected to become a tool for DRR practitioners in the way that ReliefWeb has served the humanitarian response community. The site will feature DRR news, country reports, publications, good practices, fact sheets, networks and communities, and audio and video content. It will also contain a listing of all major disaster risk reduction initiatives. The beta release period will emphasize content development by calling for contributions from the disaster risk community, including UN, international, non-governmental, academic, and civil society partners. To view an online demo with audio commentary visit: www.preventionweb.net/english/about/. To submit news, initiatives, events, or other information to PreventionWeb, visit: www.preventionweb.net/english/submit/
Tsunami Hazard Information Servicewww.csc.noaa.gov/psc/project_pages/tsunami.html
This site enables Hawaii residents and visitors to search an address or island area and obtain an interactive tsunami-risk map and access information on emergency planning, disaster response and preparedness kits, Hawaii’s tsunami warning system, and instructions on when to evacuate. It is the current pilot site for the Hazard Education and Awareness Tool (HEAT), created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Services Center.
African Marine Atlashttp://iodeweb2.vliz.be/omap/OMAP/index.htm
The African Marine Atlas provides substantial maps, images, data, and information to coastal resource managers, planners, and decision makers from various administrative institutions and agencies in Africa. It includes over 800 downloadable data products derived from the fields of marine geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, the biosphere, geopolitics, and socioeconomics.
Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiativewww.unisdr.org/cadri/
The new web site of the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is an online database of disaster risk reduction academic courses worldwide. Currently the database contains more than 70 entries and will continue to expand. CADRI is a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Program, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
All India Disaster Mitigation Institutewww.southasiadisasters.net
The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) is a community-based action research and action advocacy organization that has been working towards bridging the gap between policy, practice, and research in disaster management over the past two decades. AIDMI’s mission is to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities by increasing mitigation efforts through learning and action to ensure water, habitat, food, and human security.
Arctic Report Card 2007www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/
An international team of research scientists has created a peer-reviewed web site, Arctic Report Card 2007, which tracks multiple changes in the arctic environment. While the 2007 loss of summertime sea ice is the most dramatic example, changes are also seen in the atmosphere, on land and in the ocean, and as shifts in the location and abundance of arctic species. The Report Card is organized by NOAA and will be updated annually.
This Web site is a platform where anyone in the world can access information on risk and risk management, add new content, and edit existing content. The Riskipedia is a wiki, designed so that all information on risk and risk management is available to everyone in an easily searchable forum.
PreventionWeb, a new information service to increase knowledge on disaster risk reduction, provides a common tool for both specialists and non-specialists interested or working in the area of disaster risk reduction to connect, exchange experiences, and share information. The web site is a project of the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).
Forest Service National Avalanche Centerwww.avalanche.org/ ∼ nac/
This US Forest Service web site provides information related to the basic steps of how to recognize and travel safely in avalanche terrain. Included is information for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and snowmobilers. The site also features an interactive backcountry tour and a list of avalanche centers.
NFAOnline is a Web-based training system from the US Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy that provides user-friendly training and materials for fire and emergency services personnel, first responders, emergency managers, and the general public. Subjects include Community Safety Educators, Emergency Response to Terrorism, and Emergency Medical Services.
Top 10 killer tornadoeswww.livescience.com/environment/top10_killer_tornadoes.html
This LiveScience feature explores the top 10 deadliest tornadoes in US history. The slideshow format provides users with pictures of the event, a fatality count, and the tornado’s Fujita scale ranking. The deadliest tornado was the March 18, 1925, Tri-State Tornado, which killed 695 people and injured more than 2,000.
FEMA: Federal Response to the California Wildfireswww.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire/ca_2007.shtm
This site serves as a central node of information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s role in the response to the California wildfires. Included on the site are specific responsibilities of other government agencies, information on donations and volunteering, and tips for recovery and rebuilding.
(Extracted from Natural Hazards Observer, January 2008).