Web Links

This section will provide information on other web sites with disaster management content. Readers who come across such sites are invited to pass this information on to the webmaster for inclusion in these pages. Email a message to Psych.Webmaster@massey.ac.nz with the URL of the web site and a short one or two sentence description of the information contained therein.

New Zealand/Australian Web Links

Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science), New Zealand
Our core purpose is to understand natural processes in the Earth's crust and physics-based technologies and to transform this knowledge into economic and social benefits for New Zealand.

GeoNet is a project to build and operate a modern geological hazard monitoring system in New Zealand. When complete, GeoNet will comprise a network of geophysical instruments, automated software applications and skilled staff to detect, analyse and respond to earthquakes, volcanic activity, large landslides, tsunami, and the slow deformation that precedes large earthquakes.

The Natural Hazards Research Platform
The Natural Hazards Research Platform was created in Sept 2009 by Government to provide secure long-term funding for natural hazards research, and to help research providers and end users work more closely together.  The Platform includes GNS Science and NIWA as anchor organisations, and University of Canterbury, University of Auckland, Massey University, and Opus International Consultants as partners.  The Platform addresses natural hazards across five themes:  Geological Hazards;  Weather, Flood & Coastal Hazards; Risk Evaluation Models; Societal Resilience; and Resilient Buildings & Infrastructure.

Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies is a peer-reviewed free to view electronic journal utilising the Internet as a medium for the collation and distribution of original material on disaster and psychological trauma studies within Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific rim.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Science (NIWA)
Our mission is to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management and development of New Zealand’s atmospheric, marine and freshwater systems and associated resources.

Earthquake Commission (EQC)
EQC is New Zealand’s primary provider of natural disaster insurance to residential property owners. It insures against damage caused by earthquake, natural landslip, volcanic eruption, hydrothermal activity, tsunami; in the case of residential land, a storm or flood; or fire caused by any of these.

New Zealand Red Cross
Information on how to make a first aid kit, courses and school programmes.

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM)
The Ministry has been set up to work with its stakeholders to create a new way of thinking about civil defence and emergency management. The goal is to build on existing civil defence practice. New Zealand is acknowledged as a world leader in developing a risk-based approach that will increase the capability of communities and individuals to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is a forum for extending the understanding of prevention and treatment of major stress and trauma within the Australasian region.

Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre
The Australian Government has committed $68.9M over four years to establish an Australian Tsunami Warning System by 2009. This will include: Establishment of an Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (AusTWC) with 24/7 monitoring and analysis capacity for Australia; The upgrade and expansion of sea-level and seismic monitoring networks around Australia and in the Indian and South West Pacific Oceans; Implementation of national education and training programmes about tsunami; Assistance to the intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in developing the existing Pacific Tsunami Warning & Mitigation System (PTWS) and establishing an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning & Mitigation System (IOTWS); and technical assistance to help build the capacity of scientists, technicians, and emergency managers in the South West Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Geoscience Australia
Geoscience Australia undertakes a range of scientific activities, including natural hazard risk and impact analysis. This website is supported by the Department of Transport and Regional Services and presents information on these activities to National, State and Territory emergency management groups and to the public.

Australian Emergency Management
Emergency management in Australia, education and training, volunteers, publications and research.

Collections of Disaster Publications

Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies

The Natural Hazards Centre

GNS Science



Online Institutional Repository, Disaster Research Center (DRC), University of Delaware

International Web Links

The Hazards Centre (USA)
Since 1976, the Natural Hazards Center has served as a national and international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects of disasters. The Center collects and shares research and experience related to preparedness for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters, emphasizing the link between hazards mitigation and sustainability to both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme events.

Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
The Center's mission is to promote effective civil-military management in international humanitarian assistance, disaster response and peacekeeping through education, training, research and information programs.
Contacts page

Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency -- FEMA -- is an independent agency of the USA federal government, reporting to the President. Since its founding in 1979, FEMA's mission has been clear: to reduce loss of life and property and protect the nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program (USGS)
This web site is provided by the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program as part of our effort to reduce earthquake hazard in the United States. We are part of the USGS Geologic Discipline and are the USGS component of the congressionally established, multi-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC)
Recent disaster information from around the world.

Disaster Mental Health Institute
We are a State of South Dakota Board of Regents Center of Excellence, and offer an Undergraduate Minor in Disaster Response, and a doctoral specialty track in Clinical/Disaster Psychology. We also host an annual national conference on Advances in Disaster Psychology.
Contact: dmhi@usd.edu
Disaster Mental Health Institute University of South Dakota - SDU 116 414 East Clark Street Vermillion, SD 57069-2390 Phone: 605-677-6575 or 800-522-9684 Fax: 605-677-6604

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
The Trauma Information Pages site concentrates on emotional trauma, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and disaster mental health response, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large scale natural disaster.
The primary target audience is clinicians, researchers, and students interested in traumatic-stress, but information and supportive links are provided for trauma survivors (and friends) as well. Much of the comprehensive information at this site can easily be translated into five foreign languages using Alta Vista's translation service. This award-winning site began on 19 April 1995 (one month after the Oklahoma City bombing), and is updated monthly.
Contact: David Baldwin

Disaster Mental Health
This page (and material in selected links to other web sites) will continue to provide lots of information about disaster mental health (DMH) concepts, techniques, disaster preparedness, and about volunteering with the American Red Cross DMH team. The site includes detailed material on phases of response to disaster, typical reactions to traumatic events, defusing and debriefing techniques, self-care tips that can help victims and relief workers, and planning checklists to help manage relief operations. The site's information is also helpful to those processing other non-disaster traumatic life events (e.g., serious accidents, sudden loss of family, friends, or pets, health crises, and crime victimization) covering loss, grief, and bereavement. There is an extensive bibliography.
Contact: John D Weaver, PA LSW, ACSW, CBHE

Psychosocial Assistance Without Borders
PAWB's mission is to provide humanitarian workers with psychosocial training to increase their ability to help victims recover from natural and human-made disasters. Services include stress management solutions to prevent worker burnout and vicarious traumatization. PAWB consults for "ethnomedical competence," the synergistic balance of Western and regionally-situated therapies and healing practices, customized to match a population with an optimal set of therapies.
Contact: Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H. ( pawb99@gmail.com)

Disaster Mental Health Institute
We are a State of South Dakota Board of Regents Center of Excellence, and offer an Undergraduate Minor in Disaster Response, and a doctoral specialty track in Clinical/Disaster Psychology. We also host an annual national conference on Advances in Disaster Psychology.
Contact: dmhi@usd.edu
Disaster Mental Health Institute University of South Dakota - SDU 116 414 East Clark Street Vermillion, SD 57069-2390 Phone: 605-677-6575 or 800-522-9684 Fax: 605-677-6604

Australasian Journal for Emergency Management
Australasian Journal for Emergency Management. Published by Australian Emergency Management this free journal provides contemporary articles on emergency management issues relevant in a trans-tasman context.

DIA EM Collection
The emergency management collection is a library and information service operated by the Department of Internal Affairs on behalf of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. It is free for approved users within New Zealand including emergency management students.

FEMA Higher Education
The US Federal Emergency Management Agencys higher education site, with articles and other research information primarily with a US focus.

FEMA Online Courses
The US Federal Emergency Management Agencys online course directory. Student materials are free to download and use. For those seeking to use the online examination and certification option, permission can be arranged for IAEM members through IAEM Headquarters. Refer to www.iaem.com/cem for more information.

This is the central information sharing hub for major humanitarian relief operations operated by the United Nations. It also has information on vacancies, training and other resources.

The International Association of Emergency Managers represents over 5,000 members in over 58 countries. IAEM also offer scholarships for full time emergency management students and has an active student membership body. 

Animal Emergency Management Special Interest Group (IAEM Oceania Region)
This group has been set up by the Oceania Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers for use by all who have an interest in animal emergency management.

Self Help & Preparation

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If a disaster happened now, would you be ready?  This web site will show you how to get ready, so you'll get through.

Plan ahead for disasters
Information resources collated by the US Department of Homeland security.

Natural Disaster Emergency Preparedness Resource Library
Natural disasters impact thousands of people's every year. Each disaster has its own specific effects on property and people, though disaster-relief organizations may try to help you in the event of a natural disaster, you must have your own plans in effect as well. Being prepared for a natural disaster reduces anxiety, fear, and the potential for loss. To learn more about how your family can prepare for the various disasters that may strike, consult the links under headings provided from this web resource.

Home Preparedness - What to do in an Earthquake
Useful information about earthquake preparedness, developing a disaster plan, assembling an emergency kit, how to cope during and after an event and what to tell the kids.

Educational Resources

Earthquakes for Kids
This earthquake information page designed specifically for kids comes courtesy of the United States Geological Society (USGS). Young people can click around to see pictures of quake damage all over the world, play educational games, and even get ideas for school science fair projects.

Earthquake Videos
For older kids and teens, try this archive of earthquake videos from the Discovery Channel. These fascinating, high-quality videos are as informative as they are fun to watch - and make excellent resources for use in reports and presentations.

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