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Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning Guide (ADRP)
Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) have launched a groundbreaking online resource created to help Aboriginal communities across Canada anticipate and minimize the damage caused by disasters. It includes a user-friendly, four-step guide to develop and implement a disaster resilience plan.

American Radio Relay League - Public Service
ARRL is the U.S. national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. Its Public Service section has a wide range of information on resources and programs.

American Red Cross
Disaster planning, preparedness, community disaster education, mitigation, and response. Info on Chemical Emergencies, Earthquakes, Fires, Floods, Heat Waves, Hurricanes, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Winter Storms and more.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
The ADPC is the lead center in the Asia and Pacific regions dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the devastation of disasters. ADPC was established to assist countries in formulating their policies and strengthening their capabilities in disaster management.

Australian Emergency Management
A website developed by the Australian Minister of Emergency Management to reduce the impact of disasters and emergencies in the country. Includes publication lists, emergency management information, education/training, plus links to related sites.

Center for Emergency Response Technologies (CERT)
CERT serves as a vehicle to pursue funding within public safety from agencies such as NSF (e.g., an ERC), DARPA, and others. CERT works in the following research areas: situational awareness, acoustic location sensing, robust networking, human bio-sensing, incident visualization, and disaster/disaster response simulation. CERT support the Rescue Project, described below.

Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance
The Center promotes effective civil-military management in international humanitarian assistance, disaster response and peacekeeping through education, training, research and information programs. Check out the Resources section for links to Fact Sheets, Threat Reports, and more.

CRID: Regional Disaster Information Center - Latin America and the Caribbean
The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean. - See more at: http://www.cridlac.org/crid/ing_que_es_el_crid.shtml#sthash.vxxnF68D.dpuf
The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean. - See more at: http://www.cridlac.org/crid/ing_que_es_el_crid.shtml#sthash.vxxnF68D.dpuf
The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean. - See more at: http://www.cridlac.org/crid/ing_que_es_el_crid.shtml#sthash.vxxnF68D.dpufCrisisnavigator

Crisisnavigator - Institute for Crisis Research
Being a "spin-off" of the University of Kiel (Germany), the Crisisnavigator is an internationally-active institution for research and consulting. Its focal points are on crisis management, early warning systems, crisis communications, issues management, risk management, safety management, business continuity management, emergency management, emergency psychology, disaster management, restructuring and strategy.

Department of Fire & Emergency Services - Western Australia
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia and associated volunteers respond to a wide range of emergencies including fire, cyclones, storms, floods, road accidents, chemical spills and earthquakes as well as undertaking search and rescue operations on land and water.

The Disaster Center
Covers fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, and volcano disasters, as well as disaster response agencies, technological hazards, and resources organized by U.S. state.

Emergency Response Institute
ERI is an international firm specializing in training programs within the fields of emergency management, disaster planning, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, search and rescue, and survival/emergency preparedness education. Site provides info about products and services and links to ERI's Course Catalog and Publications Catalog.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's site provides information on all aspects of emergency preparedness including training, programs, statistics, weather news and warnings, and links to other resources.

The Gender and Disaster Network - GDNC
A network of women and men, individuals and organizations working in the private and public sectors in policy positions, emergency management, community workers and academia. The GDNC provides a forum for networking and resource sharing with the goal of integrating the gender dimensions of disaster throughout the disaster cycle and across all sectors.

Louisiana Applied Oil Spill Research and Development Program
Selected abstracts and bibliography of international oil spill research.

NASA's Natural Event
Indexing some of the best disaster Web sites on the Internet with in-depth search capability. Developed and maintained by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Natural Hazards Data
Contains data and imagery compiled by the National Geophysical Data Center (of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) about tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Includes and outreach and education section.

Northeast States Emergency Consortium
Description of various hazards of the region and actions that can be taken to limit their effect, includes a list of regional resources and current projects.

PreventionWeb is a new information service to increase knowledge on disaster risk reduction (DRR).This site will provide 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 site is a project of the secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management, a professional discipline that protects physical, financial and human resources. Founded in 1950, RIMS represents nearly 4,000 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable, and governmental entities.

State of Washington Military Department: Emergency Management Division
The Emergency Management Division of the State of Washington Military Department seeks to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy of Washington State. Its site includes information and publications on disaster preparedness, business continuity and disaster news.

Stop Disasters!
A disaster simulation game developed by the United Nations - International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. The on-line game aims at teaching children (one of the most vulnerable groups when disasters occur) how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Children will learn playing how the location and the construction materials of houses can make a difference when disasters strike and how early warning systems, evacuation plans and education can save lives.

United Nations - International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR)
The UN/ISDR is the focal point in the UN System to promote links and synergies between, and the coordination of, disaster reduction activities in the socio-economic, humanitarian and development fields, as well as to support policy integration. It serves as an international information clearinghouse on disaster reduction, developing awareness campaigns and producing articles, journals, and other publications and promotional materials related to disaster reduction. This site provides a wealth of information including disaster statistics, and hazard and vulnerability profiles. 

British Columbia

Emergency Management BC
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the province's lead coordinating agency for all emergency management activities, including planning, training, testing and exercising.

This work is done in collaboration with local governments, First Nations, federal departments, industry, non-government organizations and volunteers. Steps taken in advance of a disaster will strengthen the province's emergency response, and help British Columbians along the road to recovery.

Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICIS)
ICIS is a non-profit society incorporated in May 2001 as a collaboration between Local Government, Provincial Government and major Utility companies in British Columbia. ICIS' mission is to facilitate collaborative solutions for the efficient creation, integration and maintenance of timely, accessible and accurate province-wide spatial data. AddressBC, a central authoritative, accurate and accessible point-based civic address registry for British Columbia, is an integral part of this site. Local governments participate by submitting address data into the AddressBC database, via their membership in ICIS.  Emergency providers, utilities and other users will be able to retrieve the data from the AddressBC system.

IPREM - Integrated Partnership for Emergency Management
IPREM is an intergovernmental body of Metro Vancouver working to improve emergency management in the area.

Metro Vancouver Emergency Planning and Response
Information on emergency plans for the Metro area as well as the Emergency Notification System.


Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness
The Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness is comprised of experts from across Canada in emergency medicine, public health, infectious diseases, toxicology and emergency medical response.

Canadian Disaster Database
The Canadian Disaster Database contains detailed disaster information on over 700 natural, technological and conflict events (excluding war) that have directly affected Canadians over the past century. The database helps citizens and government to better assess and manage risks. As well, it's a valuable resource for researchers and students to see how disasters and our vulnerability to them have changed over time.

Canadian Red Cross
This site provides links to the History of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Fundraising, News, Kids' Zone, Community Publications and Services.

DRIE: Disaster Recovery Information Exchange
DRIE is a non-profit organization with affiliate chapters throughout the world. The mission of DRIE is to promote business continuity planning, computer recovery planning, crisis management and other related disciplines as integral components of an effective business strategy. This includes appropriate integration with risk management protocols.

Public Safety Canada - Emergency Management
Public Safety Canada helps Canadians and their communities protect themselves from emergencies and disasters related to all kinds of hazards – natural, human-induced and technological – through national leadership in the development and implementation of policies, plans and a range of programs.


American Veterinary Medical Association - Disaster Preparedness
Provides educational materials to assist veterinarians, animal owners, and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare for animal safety in the event of a disaster.

BC SPCA, Emergency Management - Animal Issues
Includes what to include in an emergency plan for your pets and other animals.

Caring for Animals - Ready.gov
This American government site includes information for care of livestock in emergencies as well as for domestic animals. Videos and PDFs available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Protect Your Pets in an Emergency
Make plans to ensure your pet's safety before, during, and after an emergency

Humane Society of the United States - Disaster Preparedness
The Society assists animals caught in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster or emergency. Provides information to help prepare and protect companion animals and livestock in the event of a disaster.

Ontario SPCA Emergency Preparedness
Some practical tips about how to best prepare for the safety of your pets during emergency situations.

Planning for Your Pet Care - Preparedness Information - City of Coquitlam, BC
Preparedness information includes steps for yourself and your pets in order to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Business Continuity

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to enable members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. Through its Certification Scheme, the Institute provides internationally recognised status to its members as professional membership of the BCI demonstrates the members’ competence to carry out business continuity management (BCM) to a consistent high standard.

Business Continuity Planners Association (BCPA)
The Business Continuity Planners Association (BCPA), based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, is a non-profit, mutual benefit association of business professionals responsible for, or participating in, business recovery, crisis management, emergency management, contingency planning, disaster preparedness planning, or a related professional vocation. The mission of the BCPA is to provide a professional and educational environment for the exchange of experience, dissemination of information, professional growth, and for added value of mutual interest to the membership.

Business Continuity Planning Preparation for Disasters
An extensive though not overly current bibliography of disaster management and business recovery resources.

Business Resilience Certification Consortium International
BRCCI is an open non-profit international business resilience certification body committed to global dissemination of business resilience information, knowledge, skills, and competencies through educational and training conferences, courses, workshops, seminars, and materials either online or printed.

City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN)
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening security and business continuity in commercial zones. CSARN develops and optimizes public-private partnerships; bringing together the expertise of business, police and government communities.

Community Social Planning Council
The Community Social Planning Council has been in existence since 1936 as a non-profit, non-partisan and charitable social planning society.

Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE)
Provides members with innovative strategies, tools and forums to advance the practice of business continuity and crisis management.

Continuity Central
Provides a constantly updated one-stop resource of business continuity news, jobs and information.

Continuity Forum
The Continuity Forum provides independent advice, information and support to the private and public sectors covering all aspects of BCM, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Security.The Continuity Forum is an independent NGO that specialises in providing practical information, assistance and guidance to organisations of all types needing to create effective Business Continuity Management programmes. The Continuity Forum is committed to building the levels of Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Resilience of organisations internationally, regardless of size or sector, through information, education and the promotion of best practice Business Continuity Management (BCM) and the related disciplines of Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery.

Chief Security Officers - CSOonline.com
The Resource for Security Executives. CSO aims all of its information resources (magazine, website, conferences and more) at keeping security executives ahead of the evolving threats and challenges of their profession. CSO equips leaders confronting all operational risk management disciplines-corporate and IT security, fraud and loss prevention, privacy, business continuity and more-with information of unparalleled depth and insight in support of their decisions and investments. CSO helps its audience create safer and more profitable enterprises. It continually invests in that audience and the security market by conducting original research, providing tools for benchmarking and creating the most effective security strategies and spending.

Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE)
An organization dedicated to the exchange of ideas within the business continuity and disaster recovery industry.

DRI - The Institute for Continuity Management
The Institute for Continuity Management, DRI International was founded in 1988 as the Disaster Recovery Institute in order to develop a base of knowledge in contingency planning and the management of risk, a rapidly growing profession. Todays DRI International administers the industry's premier educational and certification programs for those engaged in the practice of business continuity planning and management (Professional Practices for Business Continuity Planners). You may also wish to visit Disaster Recovery Institute Canada.

Disaster Recovery World
Directory of business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning software and services. Provides sample business continuity & disaster recovery plans.

Disaster Resource.com
The Source for Business Continuity: Whether you are a senior executive looking for an industry overview, an experienced manager searching for the latest trends, or a new contingency planner in need of the basics, you will find the GUIDE to be the most comprehensive source for crisis/emergency management and business continuity information. The online DISASTER RESOURCE GUIDE is set up to help you find information, vendors, organizations and many resources to help you prepare for (mitigate) or recover from any type of natural or other type of disaster. The GUIDE is to help you keep your business running, your government agency operational, no matter what!

DRI Canada
DRI Canada strives to provide a knowledge base for Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery Professionals.

Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC)
EPICC is a nonprofit government endorsed society supported by and for the benefit of business and institutions throughout British Columbia, Canada, to influence and help businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters. EPICC provides a supportive forum in which businesses are encouraged to effectively practice emergency management procedures with a goal of surviving potential disasters.

Global Continuity.com
Globalcontinuity.com is the world's leading independent resource for risk management, business resilience, continuity and security.

GOV.UK - Emergency preparation, response and recovery
The UK  website explains the government's policies and procedures in terms of emergency preparedness. The government works with devolved administrations, emergency responders and other organisations to enhance the UK’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience
The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) was founded to respond to the growing market need for a single avenue of access to the many offerings of education and credentialing expertise that is easily accessible and usable worldwide. ICOR is a not-for-profit education and credentialing organization that provides professional development, certification, thought-leadership, and the latest in research and industry trends.

ICOR’s vision is to enable organizations across the globe to understand all of the elements that must be considered in order to enable them to embed the culture and systems they need to provide goods and services in all conditions and situations. ICOR provides a meaningful forum in which dedicated professionals can interact and contribute to the resiliency of their organizations as well as to the communities and countries in which they live and work. ICOR provides the solution to organizational resilience – throughout the world.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)
The mission of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is to reduce the loss of life and property damage caused by severe weather and earthquakes. ICLR is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Toronto and London, Canada; affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. The Institute is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research. It achieves its mission through the identification and support of sustained actions that improve society’s capacity to adapt to, anticipate, mitigate, withstand and recover from natural disasters.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The NFPA serves as the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and is an authoritative source on public safety.
The NFPA 1600: Standard for Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs provides a foundation for disaster/emergency management planning and operations in private and public sector organizations. It describes common elements, techniques, and processes using a total program approach.

Resilient Organisations
Resilient Organisations is a six year research project designed to assist New Zealand organisations to recover economic competitiveness after hazard events by improving their resilience.

Rothstein Associates, Inc.
American Disaster Recovery consultants offering information on their services, original articles, a Disaster Recovery Forum, free Business Survival Newsletter, today's industry news, related hot links and an online bookstore.

Communication (Dispatch)

APCO Canada
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, Canada, Inc. (APCO) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. It serves the people who supply, install and operate the Emergency Communications Systems used around Canada from coast to coast.

APCO International
Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials (APCO) International is the world's largest organization dedicated to public safety communications. Since 1935 they have support members professional needs — from examining standards and issues to providing education, products and services. 


Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup
Conferences, training opportunities, documents and articles, organizations, and laws. Also has resources organized by region of the Pacific Northwest.

Earthquakes Canada
Prepared by Natural Resources Canada, Earth Sciences Section, this site offers general earthquake information as well as links to Recent Earthquakes, Historic Events, Earthquake Hazard, Be Prepared! and Stations and Data. Publications are available in the Products and Research.

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
Services and products available from MCEER, interactive connection to MCEER's Quakeline database, full-text documents, lists of upcoming conferences and links to other useful Web sites.

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)
The Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) merged and the combined organization is now called PEER. The PEER mission is to develop and disseminate technologies to support performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE).

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) is an organization dedicated to reducing impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the states of Washington and Oregon by providing accurate and fast information about earthquakes and ground motions to scientists, engineers, planners, and the public. Valuable links to charts, catalogs and maps of historic as well as the most recent Pacific Northwest earthquakes.

U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program
Site includes information on the latest quakes, a hazards and preparedness section, and pages providing additional background about earthquakes, information on studying earthquakes and a good guide to both on-line and off-line resources. 


FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) - Training
Information about Colleges, Universities and Institutions offering emergency management courses.


Floodplain Management Association (FMA)
Includes full-text articles, upcoming events, publications available, list of contacts as well as a section on the basics of floodplain management .

Floodplain Mapping 
British Columbia Ministry of the Environment site provides information to help minimize flood damage in the province. Also identifies and maps areas that are highly susceptible to floods.

Integrated Flood Hazard Management 
Available from the BC Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship Division, information on Floodplains in BC, Reducing Flood Threats and Reducing Flood Damage. Provides contact phone numbers and address. 

Health (including Pandemics)

BC Centre for Disease Control
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority that focuses on preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province. Health Alerts are provided on this site as well as information about diseases and their prevention and control.

BC Forensic Odontology Response Team (BC-FORT)
BC-FORT is the team of dental and associated personnel that are trained and prepared to respond to identify the victims of a mass fatality incident.

BC Ministry of Health - Pandemic Planning
British Columbia is working with provincial, national and international partners to plan and prepare for an influenza pandemic. B.C. is also working with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other partners to put Canada in the best position to develop an influenza pandemic vaccine.

The Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector
Online verson of the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector introduced to minimize serious illness and overall deaths, and to minimize societal disruption among Canadians as a result of an influenza pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Emergency Preparedness & Response
This site is intended to increase people's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Information is provided about agents, diseases & other threats as well as resources for training and education.

The Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness
The Centre's mission is to facilitate and maintain optimal Canadian health emergency preparedness by providing expert consensus based on evidence and best practice.

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy
Part of the Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. With an emphasis on addressing emerging infectious disease issues that pose a real and significant international, national, and regional threat, CIDRAP has focused heavily on pandemic influenza preparedness for local health preparedness and businesses.

Columbia University School of Nursing, Center for Health Policy
The Center for Health Policy (CHP), a research center of the Columbia University School of Nursing, works with institutional actors at the local, state, and national levels to develop and evaluate health policy initiatives. The CHP has become a leader in public health systems research in the burgeoning fields of emergency preparedness, law modernization, and workforce development.

Government of Canada - Pandemic Influenza
Government of Canada information on the preparedness and response to a potential Influenza Pandemic.

Health Canada - Emergencies and Disasters
During an emergency or disaster, the governments protects and assists the Canadian public. The governments deal with the possible risks from: Natural events and disasters such as outbreaks of disease, floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes; Emergencies such as transportation accidents, large chemical spills, nuclear incidents, power outages and terrorist threats. Health Canada is also the lead federal department responsible for coordinating the response to a nuclear or radiological emergency under the Federal Nuclear Emergency Plan (FNEP). Health Canada partners with the United Sates through the Canada-US Joint Radiological Emergency Response Plan to deal with a potential or actual radiological event that could affect both countries or be of a magnitude that assistance from the neighbouring country could be required.

Ministry of Health Services - Emergency Management Unit
The Emergency Management Unit is a division of the BC Ministry of Health that exists to ensure that the provincial health system is capable of planning for, responding to and recovering from the impacts of extreme events, whether natural, accidental or intentional in nature.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) - Public Health Preparedness
NACCHO creates new tools and improves existing ones to help local health departments (LHDs) enhance their readiness to respond to public health emergencies and other disasters.

National Center for Disaster Preparedness - Columbia University
The National Center for Disaster Preparedness is an academically-based resource center dedicated to the study, analysis and enhancement of the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to major disasters, including terrorism. The NCDP's particular areas of interest include readiness of the health and public health systems, health workforce and citizen readiness, disaster communications, national preparedness benchmarks and the needs of special populations. In addition, the NCDP is concerned about the integration of preparedness efforts and the existing public health infrastructure.

New Mexico Department of Health - Bureau of Health Emergency Management
Within the Epidemiology and Response Division, The Bureau of Health Emergency Management has created and developed programs dedicated to awareness, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for the public, first responders, medical personnel, hospitals, and special needs populations within the State of New Mexico.

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington provides just-in-time training, ongoing learning resources, and evaluation expertise for professionals to stay current and build capacity. Visit their Emergency Preparedness section under Resources and Tools.

Ontario, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Emergency Response Plan
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Emergency Response Plan (MERP) provides the overall direction and guidance necessary for ministry staff to take immediate and decisive action in response to emergencies of any kind.
The MERP provides the basis for a rapid and coordinated response to any emergency situation. In the event of an emergency, the MERP is used to support and guide the ministry’s response activities when the ministry has a primary response role (health emergencies such as an outbreak of infectious disease); or a supporting role (emergencies such as a flood or forest fire with health service implications).

Pan American Health Organization - Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief
Reducing vulnerability to disasters is a public health priority and therefore a responsibility of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. Disaster preparedness, management and response figure as priorities in PAHO’s Strategic Plan.

Peel Public Health - Pandemic Influenza Planning
Provides pertinent information about pandemic and business continuity planning.

Public Health Agency of Canada - Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response is Canada's central coordinating point for public health security issues.

UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters
The Center for Public Health and Disasters promotes interdisciplinary efforts to reduce the health impacts of domestic and international, natural and human-generated disasters. The Center for Public Health and Disasters is part of a national network of Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP), a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2000. Its main objective is to strengthen emergency preparedness and response at the front lines by linking academic expertise to state and local public health agency needs. Thus, the CPHPs provide preparedness education and training in bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies.

University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness
The Center works with the public health workforce to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other emerging public health threats.

University of Toronto - Pandemic Communicable Diseases: Planning and Response
Contains the campus response and planning documents pertaining to pandemics, emergency planning and business continuity.

U.S. Government Pandemic Flu Information
This site provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.


BC Provincial Health Services Authority: Disaster Psychosocial Services
The Ministry of Health, Emergency Management Branch and Ministry of Child and Family Development, Child and Youth Mental Health have jointly funded a Disaster Psychosocial Response Project. The goal of this plan is the development of a Provincial framework to address the provision of pre-, during and post-disaster psychosocial services.

Big Medicine: Tracking Human Factors in the Financial Crisis: Lessons for Pandemic Planning
This report by risk management consultants Steven M. Crimando and Cynthia L. Simeone examines psychosocial factors in extreme, adverse circumstances as diverse as financial crises and pandemics.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages - Disaster Mental Health
Here, you will find mental health handouts as well as links to external disaster web sites, disaster mental health guides, and other informative materials useful in assisting disaster victims.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Disasters
Assists in the location of children and the reunification of families resulting from a disaster or subsequent evacuation. Information at this site is designed to assist caregivers in providing the best assistance possible, to minimize trauma to these children.

National Institute of Mental Health - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Provides links to web sites and publications on various Mental Disorders including PTSD and disasters. The NIMH also offers the excellent video Disasters and Mental Health Research.

Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation & Sexual Violence in Disaster & Emergency Situations
In this freely accessible e-book, the child welfare organization ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) International outlines the immediate steps to take to ensure that measures are put in place both to protect children from further harm and abuse, and to ensure that the effect of the trauma itself and the further consequences of it are minimized. The book is also available in Arabic, Spanish and French on the ECPAT publications page.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Information on a variety of on mental health & disaster issues from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

University of Miami - The Deep Center
The Center for Disaster & Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center) conducts training, research, and service in the areas of disaster behavioral health, special populations preparedness, and disaster epidemiology. Provide links to Disaster Resources such as Health Professionals, Psychologial First Aid and Stress Management.

World Health Organization - Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies
The target group for WHO work on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies is any population exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors and terrorism-, war- or genocide-exposed populations. The Department’s work on mental health in emergencies focuses mostly on resource-poor countries, where most populations exposed to natural disasters and war live.


NOAA Center for Tsunami Research
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Research Center conducts research in support of improved measurement technology and the design of optimal tsunami monitoring networks in order to develop methods and tools to reduce tsunami hazard and protect life. This site includes links to publications, tsunami modeling, and tsunami forecasting.

ITIC - International Tsunami Information Center
Administered by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, this site provides information about tsunamis including safety preparedness, the warning signs of a tsunami and what to do before and after a tsunami.


Global Volcanism Program
The GVP attempts to understand volcanic activity through the documentation of all volcanic eruptions during the past 10,000 years. Sections include Volcanoes of the World, Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, and NetLinks. From the Smithsonian Institute. 

Vulnerable Populations

BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS)
BCITS works with people who have severe physical disabilities and helps them to live as well and as independently as possible. BCITS is the home of two main programs:The Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) that provides equipment and a wide range of supports to people who use ventilators and other respiratory equipment, and The Technology for Independent Living Program (TIL) that provides technology to assist with communication and with managing devices in the home. Visit their Learning Centre section that provides vital information on Emergency Planning.

Children & Disasters
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a variety of materials for pediatricians who wish to become better prepared for a disaster or are interested in getting involved in pediatric disaster medicine.

Coping with Crisis--Helping Children With Special Needs
Hosted by Rutgers, Tips for School Personnel and Parents from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Disability Alliance BC
Disability Alliance BC (formerly The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) has been working collaboratively with a broad network of disability organizations and people with disabilities to build relationships with the emergency management sector. This site provides online access to full-text reports specific to emergency planning and people-at-risk.

Check out the emergency preparedness section of the U.S. Disability.gov. It provides practical information on how people with and without disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides information for family members of, and service providers to, people with disabilities. In addition, this site includes information for emergency planners and first responders to help them to better prepare for serving persons with disabilities. Includes an excellent section on including Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities - A Framework of Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Federal Agencies.

Disability World
A summary of selective recent resources regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities in planning for and responding to emergencies and disasters, both natural and manmade.

disability911 - Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
From Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU), this website includes information to assist people with disabilities, their families, independent living centers and other organizations prepare for and respond to disasters which may affect people with disabilities.

Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Emergency Managers
Collection of links to online resources for people with disabilities.

Ending Violence Association of BC - Emergency Management for Women's Services 
During and after disasters, violence against women increases and it is more difficult for women to obtain help. Provided is a link to a workbook that helps agencies develop an emergency response plan.

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. The Publications section includes titles related to emergencies and disasters.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - People with Disabilities
Visit the NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities. This guide was developed with input from the disability community. It provides information on the five general categories of disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, and cognitive) and the four elements of evacuation information that occupants need (notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance).

National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities
Developed by the Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Readiness & Communication, with support from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, the National Resource Center is the nation’s first online clearinghouse and information exchange portal designed to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for racially and ethnically diverse communities in public health emergencies. The National Resource Center features hundreds of annotated resources, including publications, courses and training curriculum, research and evaluation tools, promising programs and projects, and translated materials organized by various topics, languages, communities, states, target audiences and organizations.

People with Disabilities or Access & Functional Needs
This site is hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Provides information should someone close to you have a disability or a special need, so that you understand what additional steps may need to be implemented in order to protect yourself and your family in an emergency.

Prepared BC - Preparedness for People with a Disability
Information for those British Columbians who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, as planning and preparing for emergencies and natural disasters can present additional challenges.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs - Red Cross
Prepared by the American Red Cross, this is an online/downloadable publication which provides details and specific forms on which to record medical and emergency information, write a personal assessment of needs, and lists for supplies.

Ready America, Ready Business, & Ready Kids
In order to encourage Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with The Advertising Council, has sponsored public service advertisements (PSAs) that educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies. The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three key things to prepare for the unexpected: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.


National Severe Storms Laboratory
The NSSL is a research laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration focusing on weather radar, forecasts, warnings, hydrometeorology tools and field research.  

National Weather Service
This site features hazards statistics, disaster surveys, weather watch, educational resources, and more. Be sure to check out the Information Center for links to publications and resources.

River Forecast Centre
Snow conditions and runoff forecasts for the Province of BC based on snow survey measurements. Provides link to Historic Snow Survey data from 1935 through to current day (available for downloading).

Take Winter by Storm
Washington site providing detailed weather information for the Northwest Region. Includes links to road conditions, transit info, emergencies, news services, local cities, flooding, landslides, power, La Nina and maps. Also provides FAQs and info on training.

UBC Ensemble Forecast System
Weather forecast model produced by the Atmospheric Science Program of the Department of Geography of the University of British Columbia.

Weather Office
Environment Canada's online weather office. Checking the Canadian Weather Warnings section of this site is a good way to keep current.

Wildland Fires

BC Wildfire Service
From the Provice of British Columbia, Ministry of Forests and Range, Wildfire Management Branch, provides information on the current wildfire situation, restrictions, fire danger rating, fire weather and more.

Canadian Wildland Fire Information
Prepared by Natural Resources Canada Canadian Forest Service, this site offers a Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System. Includes a Weather Index System, Behavior Prediction System, and Occurrence Statistics (1918 to current year). Links to a Report on the National Forest Fire Situation, which is updated weekly.

Firewise USA - Residents Reducing Wildfire Risks
A project of the National Fire Protection Association, this site includes several publications on fire prevention and the newsletters Firewise Communities and Fire Break.

Implications for Disaster Management and Mitigation: Understanding the Human Dimension of Wildfire
Study conducted by a research team at the University of Lethbridge, who conducted several interview concerning some major wildfires in Western Canada. These are the lessons learned.

International Association of Wildland Fire
The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is a non-profit, professional association representing members of the global wildland fire community. The purpose of the association is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. Provides Membership information, International News, Employment information, Bookstore and a searchable online Library. Current Titles in Wildland Fire magazine are available to review.

USDA - Fire & Aviation Management
The Fire and Aviation Management part of the USDA Forest Service is a diverse group of people working to advance technologies in fire management and suppression, maintain and improve the extremely efficient mobilization and tracking systems in place, and reach out in support of our Federal, State, and International fire partners.

Libraries & Databases

Canadian Disaster Database
The Canadian Disaster Database (CDD) contains detailed disaster information on more than 900 natural, technological and conflict events (excluding war) that have happened since 1900 at home or abroad and that have directly affected Canadians.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIRMC) 
The DIRMC is part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division, and works to collect, organize, and make available resouruces and research related to disasters of all types, from hurricanes amd earthquakes to terrorist actions to disease outbreaks.

EM-DAT The International Disaster Database
EM-DAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of over 18,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to present. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, insurance companies, research institutes and press agencies.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Online Library
The FEMA Library is a searchable web-based collection of all publicly accessible FEMA information resources, including: CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audio tapes, disability resources, posters and display items, brochures, publications, guidance and policy papers, program regulations and guidelines, forms, slide presentations, and some documents.

Global Terrorism Database
A project of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses of Terrorism, the GTD is an open-source database documenting global terrorist incidents from 1970 to 2010.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction - Library on Disaster Risk Reduction
The website of the ISDR Library includes links to searchable, downloadable documents on topics of disaster risk reduction.

National Climatic Data Center - Storm Events Database
A data collection of storm events across the United States. Searchable by state, county and storm type. Results can be refined by number of injuries, deaths, and damage to property and crops.

Natural Hazards Center
From the University of Colorado, Boulder. A national and international clearinghouse for information on natural hazards and human adjustments to hazards and disasters. Provides access to HazLit, the online bibliographic database of the library's holdings.

USFA - Library
The U.S. Fire Administration's Library provides information and resources on fire, emergency management and other all-hazards subjects.

Last updated February 28, 2019