Emergency Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC (last review 2018)
This is a very central site where you can find an overview of preparedness for all hazards (with the preparation and planning of the topics, surveillance, training and education, coping with a disaster, clinicians, healthcare facilities, labs, and research) as well as how to deal with specific hazards. The last point links to hazards such as bioterrorism, mass casualties, chemical emergencies, natural disasters and severe weather, radiation emergencies, and recent outbreaks and incidents. All links again have lots of sub-topics, with quite useful fact-sheets, information, and how-to-do for professionals as well as for survivors (target group).
The Sphere Project
The Sphere Project provides “humanitarian charter and minimum standards in disaster response”. This is a great international collaboration where hundreds of national and international NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions as well as individuals came together some years ago with the ambition to define international standards when coping with disaster, the collaboration resulting in a handbook for humanitarian responders.
Disaster Mental Health – Trauma Information Pages
David Baldwin, 2010
David Baldwin`s trauma pages, and here especially the one concerning mental health under the effect of the disaster, provide a very extensive collection of links. These links again cover most topics imaginable, from general information, assessment planning, mental health, and guidelines, as well as topics concerning special hazards and needs here.
This site is administered by the UN Office for coordination of human affairs OCHA, and defines itself as an “independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in delivering of emergency assistance”. It provides up-to-date information about the latest disasters, as well as hand-outs and guidelines. Lots of very useful links to relevant topics. Target group relief workers.
The HumanitarianResponse.info platform is provided to the humanitarian community by OCHA as a means to help responders coordinate their work on the ground. This site is administered by the UN Office for coordination of human affairs OCHA, and defines itself as an “independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in delivering emergency assistance”. It provides up-to-date information about the latest disasters, as well as hand-outs and guidelines. Lots of very useful links to relevant topics. Target group relief workers.
Psychosocial support in emergencies
The Psychosocial Centre of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies focuses on contemporary psychosocial support programs and activities, including specific projects, assessments and evaluations. New initiatives and developments in research as well as key meetings and trainings in the field of psychosocial support are also highlighted.
Psychosocial support in emergencies brochures/handouts/posters
Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters
A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that affects someone emotionally. These situations may be natural, like a tornado or earthquake. An overview of relevant links.