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Article Type: On the web From: Disaster Prevention and Management, Volume 17, Issue 4
Disaster Zone: Emergency Management in the Blogosphere
“Disaster Zone: Emergency Management in the Blogosphere” is dedicated to sharing information about the world of emergency management and homeland security. This blog presents interesting information on all aspects of disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Multimedia Portal
This new multimedia portal is EPA’s one-stop location for environmental video, audio/podcasts, and photography. It also includes interactive features such as “Ask EPA” and the Deputy Administrator’s blog. Another feature called “EPA in Action” follows the diverse jobs performed by the EPA workforce and examines some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the United States today. Users may subscribe to several podcast series or select from a number of individual podcasts.
Fires, Floods, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis: A Human Rights Perspective for Major Natural Disasters
This web site presents a summary of activities from a January discussion titled “Fires, Floods, Earthquakes and Tsunamis: A Human Rights Perspective for Major Natural Disasters,” which was sponsored by the Brookings Institution. Included in the summary are transcripts, speeches, and reports presented during the event.
Gender and Disaster Network
The Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) has launched an updated version of its web site, which contains recent resources and information in the gender and disaster field. The site features a more updated look with simple navigation tabs; a resources area, which hosts the Gender and Disaster Sourcebook; and the Knowledgebase, containing key resources, reports, practical guides, and case studies on gender relations in disaster contexts.
Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI), a nonprofit research institute focused on risk management, has launched a new and improved web site designed to ease access to an extensive collection of risk management publications, programs, and tools. The new site features an expanded Resource Library organized by topic, audience, and type of resource for more user-friendly research; an E-training Center; a Symposium Center; and a Data Exchange program.
Ready America Instructional Videos
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with The Advertising Council, has created instructional videos to help educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies. The first set of instructional videos, released in English and Spanish, are designed to detail how American families can get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies in their community.
Select Department of Homeland Security 2007 Achievements
This fact sheet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) presents select accomplishments of the department during 2007. Included are border protection successes, record-breaking law enforcement, new communications technologies, record FEMA staffing levels, and new operations capabilities.
Talk of Alaska
The web site of the Alaska Public Radio Network’s “Talk of Alaska” show features numerous downloadable podcasts about the ongoing effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. A $2.5 billion settlement that was awarded to the affected residents, businesses, and communities has been appealed by Exxon Mobile. One podcast, titled “Social Impacts of Exxon Valdez Settlement,” looks at potential impacts when and if settlement money arrives to the affected communities. Many useful Web resources on the Exxon Valdez settlement and social impacts are linked from the site.
USFA Continuity of Operations
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) US Fire Administration (USFA) is hosting this business continuity resources site that features the Continuity Connection video series, a dozen short videos created to aid businesses in the development of a continuity of operations (COOP) plan. Related materials and other training resources are also available from the site.
What’s New in the National Response Framework
Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled the National Response Framework (NRF), the guidelines for domestic incident response roles, responsibilities, and relationships. The NRF replaces the National Response Plan, and this four-page fact sheet from DHS explains the differences between the two documents.
(Extracted from Natural Hazards Observer, May 2008.)