Disaster Response Resources

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. The mission of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is to reduce the impact of disasters through research-based education.This site serves primarily Extension agents and educators by providing them access to resources on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that will enhance their short- and long-term programming efforts. It includes a password-protected “Intranet” section, where internal working documents are shared among the delegates.

The FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide, CPG 101 provides general guidelines on developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs). It promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of planning and decision making to help emergency planners examine a hazard and produce integrated, coordinated, and synchronized plans. This Guide helps emergency managers in State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal governments in their efforts to develop and maintain a viable all-hazard EOP.

CPG 101 continues the more than 50-year effort to provide guidance about emergency operations planning to State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Governments. Some predecessor material can be traced back to the 1960s-era Federal Civil Defense Guide. Long-time emergency management (EM) practitioners also will recognize the influence of Civil Preparedness Guide 1-8, Guide for the Development of State and Local Emergency Operations Plans, and State and Local Guide (SLG) 101, Guide for All-Hazards Emergency Operations Planning, in this document. While CPG 101 maintains its link to the past, it also reflects the changed reality of the current emergency planning environment.

Do 1 thing is a 12-month program that makes it easier for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies and disasters. Most people are aware of the need to prepare for emergencies and disasters, but don’t get started because emergency preparedness is such a big job. The do1thing program breaks the job of emergency preparedness into 12 smaller pieces.

The Aidmatrix Network® is a national disaster relief coordination system funded by FEMA, The UPS Foundation, Accenture, and the Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc. to better manage unsolicited donations and volunteers. It connects State and local governments with donors, State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), National VOAD, and FEMA through web-based tools to reduce paperwork and allow for easy information sharing. No software, hardware or additional IT staff is required with this hosted solution, and training is minimal. Aidmatrix delivers powerful solution tools to connect those who have, with those in need. Deploying supply-chain technology, Aidmatrix leverages public- and private-sector resources with charitable organizations in relief services — creating opportunity and orchestrating the Right Aid to the Right People at the Right TimeT. Aidmatrix mobilizes more than $1.5 billion in aid annually, working with more than 35,000 nonprofits, companies and government agencies worldwide.

ReliefWeb is the world’s leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, it provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of “forgotten emergencies” at the same time.

The Sphere Project was launched in 1997 by a group of international humanitarian NGOs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Sphere is based on two core beliefs: first, that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of calamity and conflict, and second, that those affected by disaster have a right to life with dignity and therefore a right to assistance. Sphere is three things: a handbook, a broad process of collaboration and an expression of commitment to quality and accountability. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

This site is intended to increase the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Quick links for Mass Causalities, Natural Disasters and Recent Outbreaks, among others, provide information for the general public and professionals responding to these events. Preparing people for emerging health threats is one of CDC’s overarching goals. CDC contributes to national, state, and local efforts to prepare for and prevent public health disasters before they occur. When a disaster has occurred, CDC is prepared to respond and support national, state, and local partners in responding in order to improve public health outcomes. After response to a disaster has ended, CDC assists national, state, and local partners in the recovery and restoration of public health functions.

EM-DAT provides an objective database for vulnerability assessment and rational decision-making in disaster situations. In addition to providing information on the human impact of disasters, EM-DAT provides disaster-related economic damage estimates and disaster-specific international aid contributions. EM-DAT is a project of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)

Hurricane Information for Animal Owners During hurricane season, it is important for animal owners to ready themselves in advance for evacuation and other recommended tasks related to hurricane preparedness. If an emergency or bad weather forces you and your pets from your home, will you know what to do and what to bring? If you are forced to evacuate your home because of a hurricane or other emergency, don’t forget to make preparations for your pets. Pets, just like any other member of your family, have their own special needs. Here are some tips from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (SART) and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to help you prepare for an evacuation.

Volunteering has an invaluable impact on local and global communities. In 2013, 62.6 million Americans contributed 7.7 billion hours of volunteer service, worth $173 billion. For college students preparing to enter the workforce, volunteering offers not only a community benefit but a character-building and networking opportunity as well.



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