Crisis and Disaster Websites for Crisis Readiness

There are a good number of websites that offer crisis information or crisis management features. We’ve assembled a diverse group of interesting crisis sites for you.

Global Incident Map (Global)

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www.globalincidentmap.com Global incident map features an interactive global display of many different types of crisis events. Amber Alerts, HAZMAT threats, Forest Fires, Disease Outbreaks, Terrorism, Earthquakes, food or medical threats, even gang activity and drug interdictions, this extremely thorough service is a valuable crisis mapping resource. (To view the most recent updates, a subscription is required.)

Pacific Disaster Center (Global)



http://www.pdc.org The Pacific Disaster Center is an applied science, information and technology center whose aim is to reduce disaster risks and the impact to people’s lives and property. Its website includes forecasts and maps of potential disaster situations around the world, as well as resources to help crisis managers research and find solutions to their organization’s needs. Its Global Hazards atlas provides an overhead view of crises and disasters world-wide.

Google Crisis Map (Global)



http://google.org/crisismap Most recently used to assist with crisis management for Hurricane Sandy, Google’s crisis map tracks national and regional-scale crises related to “weather, hazards, and emergency preparedness and response” using an intuitive and user-friendly layered map.

Ready Rating (USA)



http://www.readyrating.org This resource from the American Red Cross includes a detailed readiness assessment tool and an emergency response planner. Free registration is required to use the tools.

Stop Disasters Game (Global)



http://www.stopdisastersgame.org The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction has created an interesting disaster preparedness game that is similar to SimCity and similar games. Your role in the game is to plan and construct a safer environment for your population. You must assess the disaster risks and try to limit the damage when natural hazards arise.

Risk Assessment for Commercial Facilities (USA)



The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has prepared this disaster preparedness risk assessment for any commercial entity. Free registration is required.

FEMA Excel data (USA)


http://explore.data.gov/Other/FEMA-Disaster-Declarations-Summary/uihf-be6u FEMA Disaster Declarations Summary is a summarized dataset describing all federally declared disasters. This information begins with the first disaster declaration in 1953 and features all three disaster declaration types: major disaster, emergency and fire management assistance. The dataset includes declared recovery programs and geographic areas.

FEMA Response & Recovery Resources (USA)



http://www.fema.gov/response-recovery FEMA’s crisis response expertise has been forged in fire, and the organization is passing that knowledge on to the public via its Response & Recovery page. Featuring everything from advice on crisis leadership and community recovery to explanations of search and rescue tactics and maintaining emergency communications, this is a must-see.

SiSense demo: Disaster Declarations (USA)



The SiSense demo allows users to view FEMA disaster declaration data for past years as far back as 1953. Displaying disaster data on a map, as well as with several types of chart, SiSense transcribes crisis data into a visually engaging format.

Google Crisis Response – Tools for Responders (Global)


http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/resources.html Perhaps the most thorough collection of completely free crisis resources on the web, Google’s Crisis Response Tools for Responders page covers all of the bases and then some. Not only does Google offer up emergency alerts, a person finder, custom apps and a platform to create and update collaborative tables and spreadsheets, but it also has a thorough explanation of best practices for crisis response and crisis communications.

Weather Underground Full Screen Weather Map (USA)



http://www.wunderground.com/auto/wxmap/ Weather Underground’s full screen weather map gives users the ability to instantly view comprehensive weather data in and around any area they choose, as well as providing forecasts and any public alerts for the region selected. To get the full experience, put your browser in full-screen mode by pressing the F11 key. Weather Underground’s page also includes a specific severe weather map that focuses on things like tornados, floods and other heavy storms.

Wind Map (USA)



http://hint.fm/wind/ The creation of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, this dynamic wind map allows you to click on a city and observe the wind conditions that contribute to inclement weather, especially events like the recent super storm Sandy. The map isn’t terribly practical, but it’s interesting to watch.

Crisis Tracker (Global)



http://ufn.virtues.fi/crisistracker/explorestories.php Crisis Tracker takes disaster management into the social age, allowing users to explore Twitter activity related to ongoing world events through a digital map. Covering everything from political events and demonstrations to heavy combat and bombing attacks, Crisis Tracker lets you stay on top of events that haven’t yet made it onto the national media’s radar.