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Crisis & Disaster Management Resources

Below are a list of (mostly) free resources that your EU librarians have compiled for your exploration. But remember these resources generally require more time to evaluate and navigate than the resources available in the research databases accessed through the EU Library homepage.

Click on the subject-headings to jump to each section of links — or you can just scroll down and browse through the links. Enjoy!

Business Continuity

Crisis & Disaster Psychology

Disaster Health Management

Disaster Policy

Emergency Preparedness & Response

General Crisis & Disaster Information

Hazardous Materials

Homeland Security

Natural Disasters


Risk Management


Weapons of Mass Destruction


Business Continuity

Business Continuity Institute – This website includes a collection of Business Continuity Planning Guides, which are available in full-text. Under the BC Resources tab, you can also find magazine articles, reports, webinars and more!

Business Resumption Planning, Step by Step – From the company Datasure, there is a 13-step plan for business continuity on this website. Other features of this site include a Business Resumption Checklist and guides to computer storage and power protection.

Contingency Planning – This is the website of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. You will find full-text articles from Contingency Planning & Management magazine.  It also includes an extensive collection of “Disruption Defenses,” which are prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery recommendations for some of the more common business disruption threats.

Continuity Central – This website is a one-stop resource of business continuity management news, jobs and other informative resources that include surveys and statistics.

Continuity Systems Limited – You will find full-text news stories, valuable lessons from real events, and published papers on different aspects of BCM, Risk and Resilience on this website.

Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) – You can sign up for free on this website and take advantage of the many resources available like downloading Professional Practices, the International Glossary for Resiliency, access conference presentations and more! – This website provides a disaster recovery plan template, business continuity planning template, case studies, and other helpful resources.

Disaster Resource Guide –  Find the latest news, expert videos and many resources that help businesses prepare for (mitigate) or recover from any type of natural or other type of disaster.

Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry – FEMA’s guide to step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. – FEMA’s site assists businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards with links to laws and regulations, standards and codes.

Rothstein Associates (Recovery Resources –  Find products like eBooks, tools and templates, and informative videos on real case scenarios in response to crises and disasters.

Crisis & Disaster Psychology

APA Natural Disasters – The American Psychological Association’s website for resources about coping with disaster.

KidsPeace – The website of this private charity, dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities, offers resources for helping children in preventing and dealing with crises.

National Center for PTSD – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ site offers information on coping with all types of traumatic events.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) – This website provides coverage on all mental health topics, including coping with traumatic events.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – You will find all sorts of information on this website, substances, treatment, prevention and recovery, links to peer reviewed, full-text articles, statistics, and more!

Understanding PTSD: A Resource Guide – This website, targeted towards nurses, includes information on better understanding, recognizing and bringing about awareness to PTSD.

World Federation for Mental Health – You will find free reports on mental health first aid response, news about upcoming events, and links to international organisations on this website.

Disaster Health Management

American Hospital Association (AHA) – This emergency readiness website includes news articles, reports, directories, and much more!

American Red Cross – This website includes the latest news coverage and reports, covering international projects relating to disasters and relief efforts.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – Center for Disease Control’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) – On this website you can find quick chemical identification, patient care guidelines, and additional references and data.

Public Health Resources – Provided by the American Medical Association, this website provides tools and resources to improve public health and patient care.

Health Library for Disasters – Provided by the World Health Organization, this website is the most complete electronic information resource on public health for emergency preparedness and response, and complex emergencies.

MedlinePlus: Disaster Preparation and Recovery – Here you will find links to the latest news, clinical trials and journal articles, and also an in depth guide to citizen preparedness.

Medscape Emergency Medicine – This website is the leading destination for physicians and healthcare professionals, providing comprehensive clinical information, the latest medical news, expert perspectives, and important drug and disease information.

Pan American Health Organization – This website includes health statistics, reports on health topics, links to related sources, and news on health issues.

Public Health Preparedness, Planning and Response – This is the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information on disaster response, agents, diseases and threats, food safety, air & water quality, traumatic events and mental health, and more!

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) – Here you will find trustworthy information and guidance for health care providers and primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment in response to radiation emergencies.

Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health – On this website you will find a databases of links to disaster medicine and public health documents, all free of charge!

WISER – This is the website of the National Institute of Health that is designed for emergency responders to hazardous material incidents; it provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) – This website includes useful links to non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and international organisations and agencies.

World Disasters Report – You will find world disaster reports on this website with statistics and other data provided by The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

World Health Organization (WHO – This is the website of the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system; this section includes reports, Global Health Observatory data, news articles and guides that cover responses to emergencies and disasters.

Disaster Policy

Almanac of Policy Issues – On this website you will find a searchable database of background information, archived documents, and links on major U.S. public policy issues.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

CEMR Network – This website provides comprehensive emergency management research and is a place to network with other professionals.

EPA Emergency Management – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website provides information about emergency response efforts, regulations, tools, and additional research.

Emergency Management – This is the website for Emergency Management, the award-winning, all-hazards publication of record for emergency management, public safety and homeland security stakeholders charged to protect our communities, critical infrastructure, and the security of our nation.

FEMA – This is the official site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency which includes information on declared disasters & emergencies, preparedness, recovery, and more.

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) – You will find news, job listings, and commentary on current policy issues.

National Emergency Management Association – Check out the resources tab on this site for documents and video libraries, career opportunities, reports, and more.

National Governors Association (NGA) – You can find information including recorded videos, of governors speaking together on important policy issues, and other research.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – This website includes emergency preparedness and response resources.

National Response Center (NRC) – The United States Coast Guard’s official website offers archived reports on any oil spill, chemical release or maritime security incident from 1990 to today.

Relief Central – This is a free mobile app (web resource) to assist relief workers, first responders, and others called to serve in disaster relief situations around the world.

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – This website provides the GAO’s examination of disaster assistance efforts domestically and overseas.

General Crisis & Disaster Information

Center for International Disaster Information – You can find news stories and important fact sheets on relief efforts of civil and natural disasters around the globe on this website.

Directory of Disaster-Related Organizations – This website is a directory of disaster relief agencies with descriptions and links to their websites. – This website provides general information and resources like the latest information on declared disasters, fact sheets, and guidelines.

Disaster Information Management Resource Center – This website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services includes a searchable database for articles, and also, videos and an A to Z index of links to additional resources. – This website of the Florida Division of Emergency Management includes information for preparing and responding to hurricanes, floods, wildfires, terrorism, drought, computer virus threats, and more.

GAO (Government Accountability Office) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The link provided goes to the GAO’s reports and testimonies page with topics listed in categories, though you can search by keyword or government agency also. Topics cover all areas of government spending such as health care, energy, business regulation, transportation, space, homeland security, and much, much more.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force – Provided by FEMA and the Smithsonian, the HENTF is a partnership of 42 federal agencies and national service organizations; utilize this website for valuable information on emergency agencies, plans and responses to disaster and download free FEMA fact sheets on emergencies.

Hazardous Materials

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) – This website features news and other information with an A to Z index of toxic substances.

American Association of Poison Control Centers – AAPCC website provides the latest news on household hazards, food safety, prescription medication warnings and more. You can also search their database to find local poison control centers.

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) – This website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an extensive library of resources relating to incidents involving chemicals.

EM-DAT – The International Disaster Database contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of mass disasters all over the world from 1900 to present.

National Toxicology Program – This website of the Department of Health & Human Services provides study reports, publications, and additional resources.

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s site provides information on preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris.

TOXNET – This is the National Institute of Health’s databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Homeland Security

Homeland Protection Professional – This online trade journal offers all kinds of information about homeland security, product research and training information with a full text archive dating back to 2002.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) – There are over 165,000 documents on this site related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management from a wide variety of sources including federal, state and local governments; international governments and institutions; nonprofit organizations and private entities.

MERLIN – Military Education Research Library Network’s site includes research guides with access to current U.S. policy statements from global networks and research institutions, current news, and links to online journals.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security – This website provides extensive information on counterterrorism, preparedness, response & recovery, cybersecurity, and more. Also includes Student Center for those seeking a career in homeland security.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) – US-CERT caters to the technical and non-technical type with tips, bulletins and alerts of vulnerability or security issues in a timely manner.

Natural Disasters

Association of State Floodplain Managers – This website includes information on conferences, publications, grants and fellowships, job listings, and links to related websites.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) – On this website you will find news and special reports, project information, free publications and more.

InterAction Disaster Response – This website provides articles and information relating to natural disasters and complex emergencies, with projects organized by maps and sectors across the globe.

Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather Searchable Information Center – This ebrary website provides data across multiple sources relating to extreme weather and disaster medicine.

Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences – This is an interactive open access journal of the European Geosciences Union dating back to 2002.

Natural Hazards Center – This online bimonthly periodical includes hazards research, political policy developments, resources and links to websites, information on current disaster management and education programs, and more.

National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center (NOAA) – You can find issued watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather on this site. It includes satellite and radar images, information on hurricane awareness, and historical storm-related data.

National Weather Center – This website includes weather safety information, current conditions with satellite imagery and more.

U.S. Geological Survey – This website provides impartial information in a timely and relevant manner; information also includes climate and land use change, with a clear understanding of natural hazards and their potential threats to society.

U.S. National Grid (USNG) – The Federal Geographic Data Committee’s common coordinate system, this site provides information on geospatial data relating to national emergencies.


Disaster News Network (DNN) – You will find news stories that cover disaster response, preparedness and mitigation, public violence, environmental hazards, terrorist disasters, and more.

Disaster Updates – includes an interactive map with all current presidential disaster declarations. Find out about ways to get involved with disaster assistance, explanations of types of disasters, and more.

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) – This website provides real-time access to web‐based disaster information systems and related coordination tools.

Risk Management

Risk Management Agency – This U.S. Department of Agriculture site contains information to help producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions.

Society for Risk Analysis – Under the resource tab, you can find open access journals, job opportunities and more.


Bioterrorism of Infectious Agents – Search the American College of Physicians’ journal Annals of Internal Medicine section, “Bioterrorism Infectious Agents” for ideas, opinions, editorials, and reviews dating back to 1927.

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC – The University of Pittsburgh’s website includes articles from the Health Security journal, biosecurity news, reports, fact sheets and more.

Center for a New American Security – This website explores strategies for combating terrorism; under the resources tab, find articles on technology and national security, warfare initiatives, congressional testimonies, commentaries, videos and more.

FBI Terrorism – Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website includes threats, major cases and incidents, training and operational information, and more.

Federation of American Scientists – This website provides research, news, publications, and additional resources on the topics of terrorism, biosecurity, nuclear information, conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction, and more.

Global Initiative To Combat Nuclear Terrorism – This is the website of the U.S. State Department’s international partnership of 82 nations and four official observers who are committed to working individually and collectively to implement a set of shared nuclear security principles.

Global Terrorism Database (GTD) – This open-source database includes information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2015.

Nuclear Threat Initiative – Find information about global nuclear policies, nuclear terrorism, radiological threats and more on this site.

Arms Control Association – On this website you can find issue briefs, fact sheets, reports, subject resources and more.

Brookings – The site of this nonprofit organization provides research and commentary on foreign policy issues.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies –  This organization combats the spread of weapons of mass destruction by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis.

Center for Strategic and International Studies – This website on Defense and Security includes information on nuclear issues, homeland security, reconstruction, terrorism and more.

Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction – The National Defense University’s Weapons of Mass Destruction’s site contains free access to recent publications, information on events and experts on WMD, and more.

Federation of American Scientists – With the mission of reducing nuclear dangers, you can find issue briefs, public interest reports, articles/OP-EDS and more on this website.

Nuclear Threat Initiative – This website provides facts about the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, missile development programs and policies and terrorist activities.

RAND: Nuclear Weapons – Here you will find selected research, commentary and congressional testimonies.

Weapons of Mass Destruction (MERLN) – This website is a top resource for finding WMD research with an emphasis on U.S. policy, but also includes resources analyzing the topic from governmental and non-governmental sources, including think tanks and scholarly journals. All documents are available full-text on the internet.

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