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.
There are a good number of
websites that offer crisis
information or crisis
We've assembled a diverse group
of 12 interesting crisis sites for
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.
Global Incident Map (Global)
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.)
Pacific Disaster Center (Global)
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.
Google Crisis Map (Global)
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.
Ready Rating (USA)
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.
Stop Disasters Game (Global)
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.
Risk Assessment for Commercial Facilities (USA)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has prepared this
disaster preparedness risk assessment for any commercial entity.
Free registration is required.
FEMA Excel data (USA)
FEMA Disaster Declarations Summary is a summarized dataset
describing all federally declared disasters. The dataset includes
declared recovery programs and geographic areas.
FEMA Response & Recovery Resources (USA)
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
Google Crisis Response – Tools for
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.
Weather Underground Full Screen Map (USA)
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.
Crisis Tracker (Global)
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.
Wind Map (USA)
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.