Crisis and Disasters Website Roundup

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We've assembled 12 of the most interesting websites that deal with crisis management and disasters. Some have very practical applications in crisis management, while others are simply cool to interact with.

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Crisis and Disasters Website Roundup

  1. 1. Crisis and Disaster Websites Roundup
  2. 2. There are a good number of websites that offer crisis information or crisis management features. We've assembled a diverse group of 12 interesting crisis sites for your enjoyment.
  3. 3. Some have very practical applications in crisis management, while others are simply cool to interact with. The Geographic area of each site is listed in the title.
  4. 4. Global Incident Map (Global) http://www.globalincidentmap.com Global incident map features an interactive global display of many different types of crisis events. This extremely thorough service is a valuable crisis mapping resource. (To view the most recent updates, a subscription is required.)
  5. 5. Pacific Disaster Center (Global) http://www.pdc.org The Pacific Disaster Center is an applied science, information and technology center whose aim is to reduce disaster risks and the impact to people’s lives and property. Its Global Hazards atlas provides an overhead view of crises and disasters world-wide.
  6. 6. Google Crisis Map (Global) http://google.org/crisismap Most recently used to assist with crisis management for Hurricane Sandy, Google’s crisis map tracks national and regional-scale crises related to weather, hazards, preparedness and response using a user-friendly layered map.
  7. 7. Ready Rating (USA) http://www.readyrating.org This resource from the American Red Cross includes a detailed readiness assessment tool and an emergency response planner. Free registration is required to use the tools.
  8. 8. Stop Disasters Game (Global) http://www.stopdisastersgame.org This is an interesting disaster preparedness game that is like SimCity and similar games. Your role in the game is to plan and construct a safer environment for your population. You must assess the disaster risks and try to limit the damage.
  9. 9. Risk Assessment for Commercial Facilities (USA) http://www.dhs.gov/risk-self-assessment-toolcommercial-facilities The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has prepared this disaster preparedness risk assessment for any commercial entity. Free registration is required.
  10. 10. FEMA Excel data (USA) http://explore.data.gov/Other/FEMA-DisasterDeclarations-Summary/uihf-be6u FEMA Disaster Declarations Summary is a summarized dataset describing all federally declared disasters. The dataset includes declared recovery programs and geographic areas.
  11. 11. FEMA Response & Recovery Resources (USA) http://www.fema.gov/response-recovery FEMA’s Response & Recovery site features everything from advice on crisis leadership and community recovery to explanations of search and rescue tactics and maintaining emergency communications.
  12. 12. Google Crisis Response – Tools for Responders (Global) http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/resources.html Perhaps the most thorough collection of completely free crisis resources on the web. Google offers emergency alerts, a person finder, custom apps and a platform to create and update collaborative tables and spreadsheets.
  13. 13. Weather Underground Full Screen Map (USA) http://www.wunderground.com/auto/wxmap/ To get the full experience of the map, put your browser in full-screen mode by pressing the F11 key. Weather Underground’s page also includes a specific severe weather map that focuses on things like tornados, floods and other heavy storms.
  14. 14. Crisis Tracker (Global) http://ufn.virtues.fi/crisistracker/explorestories.php Crisis Tracker allows users to explore Twitter activity related to ongoing world events through a digital map. It covers everything from political events and demonstrations to heavy combat and bombing attacks.
  15. 15. Wind Map (USA) http://hint.fm/wind/ This dynamic wind map allows you to click on a city and observe the wind conditions that contribute to inclement weather, especially events like super storm Sandy. The map isn't terribly practical, but it's interesting to watch.
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  17. 17. Crisis and Disaster Websites Roundup

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