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Natural Disasters

How to Find Information on National Disasters

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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

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.
  • World Wide Earthquake Locator. This is a an interesting site put out by the University of Edinburgh that lets you track earthquakes in real time.
  • Earthquake Hazards Program. The National Earthquake Information Center is a good source for earthquake information all over the world.
  • Seismosurfing the Internet. A good list of connections to seismic data or earthquake 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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