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Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Earthquake Hazards Program. This website features links to many educational and informational sites
The increasing number and severity of natural disasters over the past decade demands that action be taken to reduce the threat that hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, floods and fires impose upon the nation´s economy and the safety of its citizens.

With Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, FEMA is changing the way America deals with disasters. Project Impact helps communities protect themselves from the devastating effects of natural disasters by taking actions that dramatically reduce disruption and loss. Follow this link to see what many Project Impact communities are doing.
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Natural Hazards Mitigation Program.  A discussion of DLCD´s Natural Hazards Mitigation Program including: Flood Plain Management and Oregon´s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Western Disaster Center. The mission of the Western Disaster Center (WDC) is to provide effective and timely dissemination of the essential elements of information to emergency commanders in the western contiguous United States. In this mission, the WDC is an operational element of the evolving U.S. National Disaster Information Network (NDIN), part of the Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN) concept.
The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is an initiative of the insurance industry to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters. It´s goal is "Natural disaster safety should be a core public value. We must change the thinking of our families, friends, neighbors, and business and community leaders so that we all make disaster resistance an important consideration in our home and work environments."
ExploreZone.  This news magazine site has an emphasis on preparedness through science. This is a must read for everyone interested in the "How, the Why and the Where Do We Go From Here" of emergency preparedness. Check it Out!
American Red Cross.  The national web page for the American Red Cross. This site is your online resource for finding out about the ARC, locally, nationally, and worldwide.
The National Emergency Management Association.  NEMA exists to provide an information and support network among State Directors and a unified credible voice on critical emergency management issues to the federal government, private industry and the public.
The Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS).  The Emergency Animal Rescue Service provides assistance to domesticated and farm animals, not excluding wildlife when it is determined necessary, so as to minimize their suffering and to reduce the number of deaths during both natural and man-made disasters
North Dakota State University Extension Service.  Coping with Disasters. Extensive "how to" information on coping with the effects of various disasters
Earthquake Activity in Oregon and Washington.  A constantly updated map of Earthquakes in the Northwest.
The Disaster News Network.  A service of the Church World Service, this magazine style website spotlights the human side of disasters.
Emergency Managers Weather Information Network.  The National Weather Service´s EMWIN is a suite of methods of making available a live datastream of basic weather data, and providing access to stored sets of basic un-enhanced data, using a variety of techniques and technologies.
US Army Corps of Engineers - Northwestern Division
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency that investigates every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation, conducts special investigations and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents. Safety Board investigators are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Dr. David Baldwin´s Trauma Info Pages.  These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), whether following individual traumatic experiences or a large-scale disaster. Information on this site is invaluable to all in the Public Safety/Emergency Management profession.
The National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue.  A non-profit institution that helps improve disaster response through research and analysis.
Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership.  A voluntary association of organizations and individuals, seeking to enhance their effectiveness in coping with disasters and emergency situations, by exploring the opportunity for sharing information and ideas made possible by electronic technology.
Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC).    WSSPC is a broad regional forum for earthquake hazard mitigation technology transfer. WSSPC includes a multidisciplinary membership, and enhanced emergency management/geoscience partnerships toward earthquake hazard mitigation.
The "El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Home Page," produced by the NOAA Office of Global Programs describes itself as "your one-stop source for the latest on El Niño and the Southern Oscillation."
Similarly, NOAA´s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory El Niño Theme Page provides access to extensive distributed information about the El Niño phenomenon. It also provides links to El Niño sites produced in both the Spanish and Portuguese languages.
SBA´S Disaster Assistance Home-Page.  The purpose of the SBA´s Disaster Loan Program is to offer financial assistance to those who are trying to rebuild their homes and businesses in the aftermath of a disaster. From the Federal Government´s Small Business Administration, this page contains timely and useful information.
Conservation OnLine (CoOL).  CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. This is a really great site for those who want to know about the care of library materials before, during, and after a disaster.
Operation Fresh Start.  Operation Fresh Start is an initiative by the US Department of Energy designed to help individuals and communities incorporate sustainable principles and technologies into their plans when they recover from a flood, earthquake, or other disaster.
NASA´s Natural Disaster Reference Database.  The Natural Disaster Reference Database (NDRD) is a bibliographic database on research, programs, and results which relate to the use of satellite remote sensing for disaster mitigation. This database focuses on the nexus of hazards and satellite remote sensing as well as models and process studies through which these can be brought together. Items of current and topical interest are also provided.
Victim-Assistance Online.  Victim-Assistance (V-A) is a relatively new but rapidly expanding field which seeks to aid the victims and survivors of crime or tragedy with emotional support, practical aid and advocacy. This page looks to be a superb source for information for the victims of traumatic events, and those who assist them.
Oregon Forest Fire Information Page.  From the Oregon Department of Forestry, this page contains information on wildland firefighting in Oregon. Included on this page is current information on: weather conditions, smoke conditions, situation reports, thunder and lighting maps and forecasts, and other fire related items.
North American Center for Emergency Communications.  The North American Center For Emergency Communications Inc. a Non-profit, publicly supported organization, established as a volunteer , rapid response organization to assist with large scale disasters throughout North America and provide both computing technology & emergency communications to speed aid to the survivors.
Florida Special Response Team-A.  Florida Special Response Team-A (FL SRT-A) provides search and rescue and disaster response services to assist people and communities in times of need. This is achieved through the use of professionally trained personnel, certified K-9s, and state of the art equipment.
Metro Natural Hazards Page.  An important mission of the Metro Natural Hazards Program is to understand and prepare for natural hazard risks. Metro has joined with state agencies such as the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Oregon Emergency Management, local governments, public and private utility agencies and academic institutions to identify natural hazards. Risks in the region were determined by relating hazards to the built environment.
US Department of the Interior Dam Safety Office.  This Bureau of Reclamation page emphasizes their "Safety of Dams" (SOD) program and includes information on training and Dam Safety program assistance.
CSEPP Website for Oregon
National Association for Search and Rescue is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives - throughout the United States and around the world. "...that others may live."
TAKE 5 to Survive 5 minute projects and tips to prepare for emergencies.
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