Published on October 4th, 2012 | by EJC0
- American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library
The American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library contains fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe.
- Polygon’s Essential Guide to Flood Planning & Preparation
A useful resource that helps you determine flooding risk and mitigation strategies.
- Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters
CRED is a research and training facility working in the field of international disaster and conflict health studies. The website posts information on the lastest disasters around the world and publications relating to “the burden of disease and health issues arising from disasters.”
- Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT)
Operated by CRED with the assistance of the WHO, EM-DAT was created to assist national and international humanitarian operations, with the central aim of rationalising decision-making for disaster preparedness. The database comprises key data on over 18 000 disasters since 1900, from a wide variety of sources.
- Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT)
Another CRED initiative, CE-DAT “monitors and evaluates the health status of populations affected by complex emergencies.” The database covers nutrition and mortality rates, the indicators most commonly used to establish the severity of a humanitarian crisis, and comprises over 2000 surveys and 20 000 health indicators.
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
The ECDC is an EU agency whose mission is to “identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases.” It maintains a number of databases on infectious diseases, provides scientific advice and runs the Knowledge and Resource Centre on Health Communication.
- European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS)
Established by the Joint Research Centre and the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission, the EFFIS maintains an online database and provides news, maps and information on fires in the EU.
- European Floods Awareness System (EFAS)
Developed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in collaboration with member state agencies, the EFAS in an effort to “bridge communication between different authorities across the borders.” It provides flood forecasts, a map of ongoing floods and “multi-temporal georeferenced datasets and indicators on flood disasters and losses”.
- European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)
The EMSC is a regional centre that collects and disseminates seismic data in the Euro-Mediterranean area while promoting research cooperation and data sharing. Diverse, distributed European datasets can be accessed through its seismic portal.
- US Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The agency runs a geological map database, provides earthquake alerts and portal for crowdsourcing information on recent seismic events, Did You Feel It?
- National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
An arm of the USGS, the NEIC monitors seismic activity and disseminates information to official agencies, scientists and the public immediately following an earthquake. It maintains an extensive, global database on earthquakes including maps and lists, historical data and posters.
- NASA Earth Observatory
The Earth Observatory was created to share satellite images and information with the public. It acts as a repository of global data imagery, with freely available maps, images and datasets.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Part of the US Department of Commerce, the NOAA’s work includes a climatic data centre, oceanographic data centre, a geodetic database and satellite imagery services.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services which makes available to the public information and statistics on all aspects of health. Includes webinars for crisis and emergency risk communication and portals on emergencies and disasters and global health
- Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
The ADRC works with the UN and other international organisations to provide basic, up-to-date information on natural disasters in Asia in the immediate aftermath of an event.
- J Government on Tsuinabi
This website (in Japanese) compiles all the official twitter accounts of local and national governments and other public institutions who provide information during natural disasters and emegencies.
- Earthquake Research Institute (ERI), University of Tokyo
The ERI is a research and development centre that takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding seismic activity and mitigating disasters. The institute maintains an online database of seismic data.
- World Bank
The World Bank makes available a wide range of national and international statistics that can be compared, graphed and downloaded by the user.
- Humanitarian Early Warning Service
“An inter-agency partnership project aimed at establishing a common platform for humanitarian early warnings and forecasts for natural hazards.” HEWSweb.org provides information including maps, analysis, news and links on a broad range of natural disasters.
- Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED)
A comprehensive public collection of political violence data for developing states, ACLED “is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping.”
AidData aims to make aid data more transparent by providing a searchable database of “nearly one million past and present aid activities around the world, aid information management services and tools, data visualization technologies, and research“
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
The IDMC was established by the Norwegian Refugee Council to monitor internal displacement. Since then it has gained recognition as a leading resource of information and analysis on internal displacement throughout the world.
The website offers useful information that are related to fire science including a comprehensive list of fire science resources and a data base of US-based fire departments and academies.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
OCHA is “responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies” and “ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.” The website carries an array of multimedia products including maps, videos, photos and reports.
- UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNISDR
UNISDR serves as the “focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among disaster reduction activities.” Among its projects are PreventionWeb, a website providing information to the disaster risk reduction community and a library of publications, resources, reports and multimedia products.
- Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)
Established under a UN cooperation framework, GDACS “provides real-time access to web‐based disaster information systems and related coordination tools.” It compiles GIS data, maps and event-related mass and social media data.
- UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)
UN-SPIDER acts as a gateway for space information for disaster management support, connects the disaster management and space communities and facilitates capacity-building and institutional strengthening.
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees by leading and coordinating “international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.” The agency runs many databases including Refworld, a statistical database, and maps.
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
The UNDP assists and coordinates development efforts with the overarching goal of eradicating poverty worldwide and a strong focus on crisis prevention and recovery. The agency’s work generates large volumes of data which are made available through the Human Development Indicators (HDI) data explorer, a data table generator and fact sheets.
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
The WHO is the authority responsible for health in the UN system. Health data and analysis are available through the Global Health Observatory data repository on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals, non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries.
- World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
An agency of the UN, the WMO “facilitates the free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services” and provides information for advanced warning for climate and water-related natural disasters. The agency’s online database carries E-journals, E-reports and a website portal.
- World Data Center (WDC) for Meteorology, Asheville
Part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the WDC supplies a wide array of meteorological information.
- European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
EUMETSAT is a European intergovernmental organisation set up to “to deliver weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products”. Its Data Centre holds an extensive range of information, including fire monitoring.
- European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
An independent, inter-governmental organisation that collects data, develops global models and data-assimilation systems for forecasting and carries out research.
- The Met Office
The UK’s national weather the Met Office also maintains a freely accessible database of meteorological information, DataPoint.
- Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
Through its Climate Data Center (CDC), the DWD makes all the climate data it acquires, processes and archives freely available online, including European and international data.
France’s meteorological agency makes freely available Europe-focused radar and satellite images, maps and climate modelling data.
- Japan Meteorological Agency
Japan’s national weather agency also runs an interactive climate database, ClimaView as well as earthquake early warnings.