Natural Disasters

How to Find Information on National Disasters

Here are some of the best sites in which to find all kinds of natural disasters information, from breaking news to general information to history.

Natural Disasters News and Information

  • World's Deadliest Disasters: A chronological timeline of some of the world's most deadly natural disasters.
  • Yahoo Directory of Natural and Man-Made Disasters: tons of natural disaster links, from tsunamis to earthquakes to floods.
  • Disaster Information Network: "helps to distribute the latest news on disaster situations to the Internet community via the World Wide Web."
  • BBC Natural Disasters: an excellent site that gives lots of natural disaster information as well as up to the minute reporting.
  • Global Disaster Alert and Information System: "The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination."
  • CBS News Disaster Links: An extremely large repository of natural disaster links.
  • CIDI. The Center for International Disaster Information has up to the minute information on the latest natural disaster affecting the world.

Specialized Natural Disasters Sites

  • Volcano World. This site is put together by the University of North Dakota, and gives a very complete overall look at what the world's volcanoes are doing.
  • The Disaster Center Index Page: long list of links with mostly hurricane and flood information.
  • PMEL Tsunami Research Program. This site focuses on the Northwestern United States, but has a lot of information pertaining to tsunamis worldwide as well (including a mock-up of the Indonesia tsunami).
  • Tsunamis and Earthquakes. The United States Geological Society has put this excellent resource together that shows how earthquakes and tsunamis go hand in hand.
  • NOAA.NOAA, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has information on climate, oceans, coasts, weather, and other research information; as well as up to the minute news.

Natural Disasters Preparation, Recovery and Aid Information

  • Family Disaster Supply Kit: What to have on hand for your family in case of a natural disaster.
  • Disaster News Network: "a news service that tells the story of disaster response and suggests appropriate ways the public can help survivors."
  • The Disaster Recovery Guide:a very extensive guide on how to recover from a natural disaster.
  • The Disaster Handbook: from the University of Florida; how to deal with a natural disaster.
  • USAID. The United States Agency for International Development helps provide economic and humanitarian aid in more than 100 countries; especially those affected by natural disasters.
  • Red Cross.The American Red Cross has historically been the first organization on the scene to help those affected by tragedy.
  • CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response. The Center for Disease Control has put together a great reference site on what to do in the case of emergency.
  • FEMA. FEMA stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency, and they have an excellent site with lots of info on how to prepare for disasters.

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