Disaster Relief

Simple Gadgets for Your Exercise Toolbox

This article, from Disaster-Resource.com explains how to increase the effectiveness of the emergency preparedness exercises that your organization conducts.

Water Watch

This website, from the US Geological Survey, shows the current water level of all the rivers in the US. This could be useful if responding to a flood.

Effective Communication

This course, from FEMA, provides an introduction to how individuals can communicate effectively in emergency response. It includes training on using technology in communication, effective oral communication, and how to prepare an oral presentation.

NIMS Communications and Information Management

This course, from FEMA, follows on from the NIMS: An Introduction course to describe in more detail how the NIMS system is used to enable communication between agencies and jurisdictions in disaster response

NIMS: An Introduction

This course, from FEMA, introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

Long-Term Recovery Manual

This manual, provided by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, describes how a community can form an organization to support the long-term recovery from that disaster. It presents a general model for such a group, with sample mission statements and bylaws, and explains what such a group would do.

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center website shows the location and warnings regarding any hurricanes in the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific.

CERT Disaster Preparedness Tabletop Exercises

These tabletop exercises (discussion-based preparatory activities), available in Word and PDF format, were prepared by the Community Emergency Response Team to prepare member organizations for response to various types of disaster, such as an earthquake, tornado, explosion, or car accident.

CERT Disaster Preparedness Drills

These drills, available in PDF and Word document form, were created by the Community Emergency Response Team to help member programs prepare for disasters.

CERT Train-the-Trainer Course Materials

These materials, from the Community Emergency Response Team, provide a course for training others to train about the role of CERT in disaster response.

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