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National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Date: 9/28/2005

Links to Related Web sites

» Disaster Finder
Disaster Finder is a service developed and maintained by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, located in Greenbelt, Maryland. You can search for information based on keyword or concept.

» Dept. of Defense Emergency Preparedness Policy
EPP is responsible for DoD polices and requirements associated with emergency preparedness, national emergencies, and civil defense.
» Volunteers in Technical Assistance
VITA works with the Agency for International Development (AID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to provide an information and response service to the public at the time of an international disaster. VITA also works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the voluntary agency community, including NVOAD, in a similar capacity for domestic situations.
» Disaster News Network
Disaster News Network (DNN) is a news service that tells the story of disaster response and suggests appropriate ways the public can help survivors. It also facilitates information sharing among disaster responders.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an independent agency reporting to the President and tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disaster.
NEMA is the professional association of state, pacific and caribbean insular state emergency management directors.
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.
» State Emergency Management Agencies
A FEMA-maintained list of all State Emergency Management Agencies.
» Volunteers in Technical Assistance
VITA works with the Agency for International Development (AID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to provide an information and response service to the public at the time of an international disaster. VITA also works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the voluntary agency community, including NVOAD, in a similar capacity for domestic situations.

» FEMA: Project Impact
Breaking the disaster-rebuild-disaster cycle in the United States is FEMA's top priority. Project Impact is designed to help communities build a disaster resistant community.

» FEMA Mitigation Page
Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It's the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property. Mitigation involves keeping homes away from floodplains, engineering bridges to withstand earthquakes, creating and enforcing effective building codes to protect property from hurricanes -- and more. This is what FEMA has to say about it.

» FEMA: Kids Page
FEMA helps people who have been in a disaster. They also teach people
what to do during a disaster and what to do before a disaster. Here's a page that let's kids have some fun while learning how they to help their family prepare for a disaster

» FEMA: Emergency Management Institute

» FEMA: Emergency Management Institute
EMI provides a nationwide training program of resident and non-resident
courses to enhance U.S. emergency management practices.

» SBA Disaster Home Page
Small Business Administration assistance for businesses struck by disaster.

» AlertNet from Reuters
The Reuter Foundation is acting as a specialist news supplier and neutral information broker to the international disaster relief community, via the Internet.
The AlertNet website is a non-commercial service offering both Reuters news and a forum for voluntary organizations to exchange information in order to help improve the speed and effectiveness of emergency relief operations.
The home pages, including Reuters latest disaster-related news, are open to the public. The rest of the website is restricted to members of the relief community
for the exchange of information which may be confidential.

» Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)
The goal of Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) is to improve access to services for all people through the mechanism of information and referral. AIRS meets this goal through its publications, international training conferences, and I&R clearinghouse. This organization offers a professional umbrella for all I&R providers in both public and private organizations.

» Association of Volunteer Emergency Response Teams
Avert's site is dedicated to the support of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and their mission to do the most good for the most people in times of disaster.

» American Red Cross - San Diego
Take an ARC Disaster Preparedness Tour and more...

» Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization which provides immediate support to professional craftspeople facing career threatening emergencies such as fire, theft, illness and natural disaster.
» DERA International
The Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association Intl. (DERA) was founded in 1962 to assist communities worldwide in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and to serve as a professional association linking professionals, volunteers and organizations active in all phases of emergency preparedness and management.

» Disaster Resource Guide
Interesting articles and other resources, including one on Building Public/Private Partnerships in Emergency Management by FEMA Director James Lee Witt.

» Disaster Response Network
This site, sponsored by Church World Service, includes updates and feature stories on volunteers working on active disasters.

» Empire State College
Empire State College is one of seven colleges authorized by the National Fire Academy to provide their Fire Service Courses at a Distance, offering a Bachlor of Science degree program in Fire Administration or Fire Protection. Courses are WEB based, interactive multi media or written communications format.

» Greater Philadelphia Search & Rescue
With our ultimate mission in mind, the location and recovery of lost or missing persons, we are willing to work cooperatively with any of our fellow organizations to do all that is within our power, so that we may fulfill the motto of ..."THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE"

» ICES Disaster Resources
From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Disaster
Resources Web Site provides access to information on disaster preparedness and recovery for the State of Illinois and the Internet community. Information for educators, professionals, and the general public is available from the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service for viewing and downloading,
along with links to information from a variety of state and federal agencies, educational institutions, relief organizations, and information networks. Site also includes a set of resources for teachers and other child-care or youth workers that helps prepare them for working with children who have been through a disaster.

» Institute for Business and Home Safety
IBHS's goal is to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses
and human suffering caused by natural disasters.

» InterAction
InterAction: The American Council for Voluntary International Action is the nation’s largest coalition of international development, international disaster relief and refugee assistance agencies. InterAction’s members include more than 150 US-based non-profit organizations, large and small, including secular and religious groups. Member organizations all share the same basic goals of easing human suffering and strengthening people’s ability to help themselves. InterAction coordinates and promotes these activities and helps to ensure that goals are met in an ethical and cost-efficient manner.

» Internet Disaster Information Network
This site by the Arizona Daily Star provides information on current disasters as well as an archive section.

» National Disaster Communication Response Team
This organization's mission is provide technical assistance, equipment and manpower to those organizations and agencies which will be active in performing missions of humanitarian aid during time of disaster. Further, to foster a spirit of cooperation between those organizations and agencies who may be called upon to provide assistance in disaster planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, relief and/or recovery. These efforts are accomplished through the gathering of manpower -- individuals who are technically proficient in a form of electronic communications; the caching of communications equipment useful in disaster and emergency operations; the creation of pre-planned communication structures; and encouraging networking between those organizations and individuals who feel a need to help their 'fellow-man' during an emergency.

» National Hazards Center at the University of Colorado
The center's prime goal is to increase communication among hazard/disaster researchers and those individuals, agencies, and organizations that are actively working to reduce disaster damage and suffering.

» National Information Resouce Information Network (NERIN)
An experimental, interactive project striving to create a model of an information infrastructure that will use technology to strengthen communities nation-wide to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

» Nippon Volunteer Network Active in Disaster
NVNAD is the first Japanese NGO aiming the establishment of rapid relief systems for coming disasters and making effective proposals for regional disaster-managing plans.

» North Carolina Interfaith Disaster Response
This site is the point of contact for religious communities involved in disaster recovery work in North Carolina.

» University of Delaware Disaster Research Center
Although disasters through the ages have attracted attention and discussion,
the systematic study of disasters began afterWorld War II, Disaster Research Center, the first of its kind in the world, was founded in 1963 at Ohio State University and moved to the University of Delaware in 1985. It has carried out more than 530 field studies, focusing on how people, organizations and society react and respond to catastrophes.
» Voluntary Organizations in Cooperation in Emergencies
VOICE is an acronym for Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies. VOICE is a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) throughout Europe who are active in the field of humanitarian aid. Humanitarian aid includes emergency aid, rehabilitation, disaster preparedness and conflict prevention. VOICE was created in 1992, with a Secretariat established in
1993. VOICE currently has about 65 members. The overall purpose of
VOICE is to foster links between these NGOs and to facilitate their contact with the European Union.
» West Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross
This American Red Cross state chapter page features an interesting section on How to Prepare A Family Disaster Plan.
» World Wide Disaster Relief
This is a nonprofit organization composed of volunteers who have been trained to search for and rescue people of the nations hit with a disaster, aid in recovery from the destruction, and assist them getting back on their feet.
» Center for International Disaster Information
The Center for International Disaster Information provides critical information services to other informaiton and the general public about international disasters and about those organizations responding.
» FEMA Law Associates
FEMA Law Associates, PLLC, is a law office that provides legal and regulatory services to the emergency management community. The FEMA Law Associates' web site provides links to a wide variety of legal and regulatory research materials found on public websites, as well as answers, drafted by FEMA Law Associates staff, on common questions asked about programs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and related emergency preparedness, response, and recovery laws, programs, and regulations. FEMA Law Associates provides independent advice to its clients - including local governments, public authorities, non-profit institutions, and their contractors affected by FEMA decisions-and is not affiliated with any government agency.

» Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Web site is posting twice daily updates on our response efforts in Florida.

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