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Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery

NLM Resources

National Library of Medicine - Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
Provides access to quality disaster health information at all stages of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery.

For direct links to individual state emergency management departments, see: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Federal Government

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Emergency Preparedness & Response
Getting prepared; types of emergencies including chemical, natural disasters, and disease; lab information; clinician resources; training and education.

Department of Veterans Affairs - The PILOTS Database
PILOTS is the largest interdisciplinary electronic resource on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Includes information on assessment instruments used to measure trauma exposure and PTSD, mental health services after traumatic events and ethical and policy issues for traumatized populations.

Central, online location for all forms of federal disaster assistance. Register with FEMA and other federal agencies, redirect Social Security benefits to new address, access federal student loan account information.

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Information about disasters, emergency personnel, education and training, where to obtain assistance, and a special section for kids.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Co-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and FEMA. Information for institutions and the public on how to prepare for disasters and what to do after a disaster. See Guide to Navigating FEMA and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions for a list of up-to-date forms.

The Library of Congress - Emergency Preparedness
Specific information for libraries. Topics include fire recovery, risk management, and water damage.

MedlinePlus - Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Includes resources for children and information on specific disasters and emergencies. See Multiple Languages - Disaster Preparation and Recovery for materials in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and more.

National Library of Medicine - Disaster Information Management Research Center
Provides access to quality disaster health information at all stages of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery.

National Library of Medicine's Enviro-Health Links
Includes a comprehensive list of environmental health information and disaster health links including the following:

  • Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health - help in recovering from a disaster whether natural or man-made including guidelines for environmental cleanup.
  • Biological Warfare - provides links to information about biological warfare pathogens
  • Hurricanes - includes links to managing emergency health services; information on mold, drinking water, hazardous materials; cleanup and recovery
  • Tornadoes - overview, preparedness, cleanup, information in Spanish, animals in disasters
  • Wildfires- information on health effects from fires and exposure to smoke; links to air quality resources, environmental clean-up following fires, and animals in disasters.
  • Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness - provides links to selected websites featuring emergency preparedness for special populations, including people with disabilities, people with visual or hearing impairments, senior citizens, children, and women. Links to information in languages other than English are also provided.

The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three things to prepare for the unexpected: be informed, make a plan, and get a kit. Information for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and pet owners.

Disaster Distress Hotline
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Use the Search box at the top (i.e., "Disaster Preparedness") to retrieve quality online information, services, and resources from the US government.

U.S. Department of Education - Lead & Manage My School, Emergency Planning
Web resource for school leaders and managers to help plan for emergency situations (e.g., natural disasters, violent incidents, and terrorist attacks).

Libraries, Schools and Medical Associations

American Academy of Pediatrics - Children and Disasters
Resources for child care providers, hospitals, pediatricians relating to disaster preparedness to meet children's needs.

American Library Association - Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
Emergency response and recovery resources for libraries and other institutions.

Conservation OnLine - Resources for Conservation Professionals
CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, for those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.

Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance
A joint project of the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate, the Center for Great Lakes Culture (website defunct), and the California Preservation Program.

Healthy Children.org
Articles include preparing for a disaster, talking to children about a disaster, and disaster fact sheets. From the American Academy of Pediatrics. See Redefining Readiness for information on the outcomes of the Redefining Readiness Study funded by the W.K Kellogg Foundation.

Other Web Resources

2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community, both in times of crises and for everyday needs.

American Red Cross
Addresses all types of emergencies (Preparedness Fast Facts) including tornadoes, winter storms, and heat waves. Includes materials in 14 languages. Also information on preparing your home, your workplace, and your school. Apps and resources include the following:

Center for Biopreparedness Education, Preparation Guide for Emergencies
Printable brochure including weekly checklist of supplies to assemble over 5 month period.

Council of State Archivists - Emergency Preparedness Resources
Includes planning guides, templates for the Pocket Response Plan, and a Toolkit.

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Training materials and other resources to assist centers for independent living, public officials, emergency preparedness officials, and people with disabilities and their families. From Independent Living Research Utilization.

Model Memorandum of Understanding for a Health Sciences, Hospital/System or Medical Library for Emergency Preparedness Support
Information on mutual aid agreement and voluntary program between cooperating 'partner' libraries.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Natural Disasters
Resources for assisting young survivors of disasters and emergencies.

National Emergency Management Association
Professional association for emergency management directors.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)
NVOAD is a point of communication among voluntary organizations engaged in disaster response.

People Locator

Red Cross Safe and Well List
Resources to find missing family members, friends, employees.

Animal Health

American Veterinary Medical Association - Disaster Preparedness
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.

AVMA Collections
A compilation of journal articles focusing on disaster preparedness and response

National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
Informs and coordinates responses to animal health incidents.

The Humane Society of the United States - Disaster Preparedness
Disaster planning for pets and farm animals.