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1. Geohazards/index
The aims of the Geohazards and Remote Sensing program of the IHC are 1) To developresearch projects on natural and humanmade disasters through collaboration
Geohazards and Remote Sensing at the International Hurricane Center
Jose F. Longoria Professor of Geology
holistic approach and an eclectic method Interaction with the insurance sector and the development of links with government agencies through US, Latin America and the Caribbean are priorities of the Geohazards and Remote Sensing program of the International Hurricane Center. Goal: The prime goal of the Geohazards and Remote Sensing program of the IHC, is to provide geoscientific basis for the mitigation of natural disasters through the implementation of microzonation as a tool in vulnerability assessment. Objectives: The aims of the Geohazards and Remote Sensing program of the IHC are: 1) To develop research projects on natural and human-made disasters through collaboration with other national and international research groups. Special emphasis is given to inland effects of hurricanes. 2) To develop new methods and models for geohazards, and vulnerability and risk assessment adequate for the industry and government needs. 3) To attract graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to study different aspects of geohazards and their mitigation. Research Projects: The Geohazard and Remote Sensing program emphasizes microzonation as a methodological approach to study natural disasters. The concept of microzonation implies the division of land surface into areas and ranking them according to degrees of actual or potential geohazard. The technique of microzonation is fundamentally designed to show the spatial variation of risk of a given geological hazard. including: 1) acceptable risk in spatial terms, 2) where to concentrate resources and 3) where to send emergency services during critical periods.

2. Preventing Technological Disasters
natural and humanmade disasters. natural disasters. human-made disasters. Comparison of natural and human-made Name index. Subject index. List of Tables.

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Minding the Machines: Preventing Technological Disasters
Evan/Manion List Price: $29.95
SciTech Price: Format:
Hardcover, 485pp.
Prentice Hall
Pub. Date:
As you order, each item will be listed in Your Shopping Cart in the upper left corner. You may make changes at Checkout. A complete blueprint for preventing technological disasters in the 21st century. Why do technological disasters occur, and how can we prevent them? How do we design technological systems that enhance human life rather than imperil it? How do we live with the technology we have created? In Minding the Machines , William M. Evan and Mark Manion offer a systematic and provocative guide to preventing technological disasters. They reveal the hidden patterns and commonalities beneath more than 30 of the worst technological tragedies of recent history—and identify powerful preventive measures that address every key area of risk. Minding the Machines throws light on:
* Technological disasters: theories and root causes
From systems theory to terrorism and counter-terrorism measures
* Strategic responses to key risk factors
Attacking the four key causes of disaster
* Technical design failures—and the organizational failures connected to them

3. Red Cross Red Crescent - Disaster Types: Population Movement
or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence,violations of human rights or natural or humanmade disasters, and who
Search : What we do
Disasters Back to Disasters main page Back to Disaster types index Moving and displaced people
The number of displaced people around the world has increased consistently over the past 10 years. The total number doubles every seven or eight years and this upward trend shows no sign of declining.
There are currently around 37 million uprooted people in the world, forced to flee their homes and seek shelter elsewhere, usually because of war, economic or natural disasters. Of these, more than 22 million are internally displaced within their country and approximately 15 million are refugees, who have fled to another country.*
When population movement occurs, it is important to immediately distinguish whether those moving are asylum seekers, refugees, migrants or internally displaced people. The distinction is important since support mechanisms and the legal status of the people can affect the response operation.
The definitions of moving and displaced people include:
Refugees and asylum seekers
Refugees are people moving outside their country of origin - often in mass exodus - for reasons of conflict and now increasingly, natural disasters.

Understanding Earthquakes. natural humanmade disasters, Earthquakes Australian Severe Weather - main index (photo site - remember to read copyright)
During English activities this term you will be looking at "Natural Disasters". For your computer based activity you are to complete the task below. Plan your time well and have your final product ready by Thursday June 14.
Useful Links
the following links could be helpful for researching the disaster of your choice. DAN'S WILD WILD WEATHER PAGE NCDC: Climatic Extremes and Weather Events Natural Disaster Cyclones ... Discovery Online, Expeditions Avalanche

5. OPLIN: Society & Culture > Issues Of The Day
index.cfm?ID=560123-283 Information about preparing for and coping with the consequencesof natural and human-made disasters. Hate Crimes ./index.cfm?ID=560

6. OPLIN: Current Events > Issues Of The Day
index.cfm?ID=6123-283 Information about preparing for and coping with the consequencesof natural and human-made disasters. Hate Crimes ./index.cfm?ID=6-123

7. ICTD News For 20 November 2002
PrevDate NextThread PrevThread NextDate indexThread index that work tomitigate, prepare for, and respond to natural and humanmade disasters.
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ICTD News for 20 November 2002
UNDP's ICT for Development (ICTD) Observatory keeps an eye on related critical issues for developing countries. If you have information to contribute to the Observatory please submit to or use our web form at Virtual Keyboards Approach Reality Virtual keyboards may change all that. Three competing companies-VKB of Jerusalem, Israel, Canesta of San Jose, CA, and Virtual Devices of Pittsburgh, PA-are selling products that use lasers to project an image of a full-sized QWERTY keyboard on a flat surface. Optical sensors then track the user's finger movements and translate them into keystrokes on a screen. ************************* TELECOMM/INFRASTRUCTURE ************************* Realising the Rural Telephony Project in Nigeria But beyond this, the most practical step that the NCC has taken to actualise rural telephony might be its recent licensing of 25 regional telecommunications companies. For these companies,their operations will be restricted to the specific regions covered by their licenses and they will therefore have the propensity to look deeper into the interiors of their region to gain market share. That is the essence of the rural telephony project. For the project, the NCC delineated 37 licensing regions which reflect the 36 states of the federation and Abuja. These operators are expected to provide cost effective services suitable to rural dwellers.

8. UMCOR Hotline, 01/03/03, Print-Friendly
who suffer from hunger, poverty, natural and humanmade disasters. Telephone 1-800-841-1235Web http// UMCOR Hotline index Page.
The UMCOR Hotline
January 3, 2003: Welcome to the first UMCOR Hotline of the new year. On behalf of our many neighbors around the globe who look to UMCOR as a source of help and hope, we thank you for your commitment of spiritual and financial support for those in need. The violent storms that struck the Midwest and southeastern United States late last year caused extensive damage in Louisiana , more than any other state. This weekend, UMCOR officials will meet with Bishop William Hutchinson and other Louisiana Conference leaders, who have done a great deal of assessment and planning for how The United Methodist Church can be most effective in its response. Together with the conference, UMCOR will offer rebuilding assistance. To assist in these efforts, please give to the brand new Advance designated for this disaster, Needs continue in other parts of the United States hit by storms in late 2002 . Responses to these emergencies drew heavily on the money available in UMCOR's general domestic disaster fund. As UMCOR continues to provide help in the wake of last year's storms and prepares to respond to other storms that will cause significant weather damage this winter, please give to the Domestic Disaster Response Advance #901670-1 . Your gifts make it possible to reach our United Methodist arms out to those whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters. Hunger is one of the biggest global threats to life and health just as it has been for centuries. There is an unprecedented crisis in

9. Heritage At Risk 2001-2002: Libraries At Risk
Among humanmade catastrophes, armed conflicts are differentiated armed conflict butalso against natural disasters. AppendicesReport 2001 indexReport 2000
H@R! : Heritage at Risk 2001-2002
Ever and again libraries have been or are at risk and not a month goes by without IFLA (International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions) being warned of a new catastrophe. To list all the libraries that have sustained damage for one reason or another, or that are immediately threatened, would be a fastidious task and would only attract a limited interest.
Knowing those dangers, how to confront them, and how to minimise their causes and their effects in the future seems to be a more efficient process if the great number of libraries throughout the world is taken into account - along with the importance of their contents for collective memory.
When speaking of the dangers that threaten libraries it is important to make a distinction between the buildings, the collections, and the information they possess, each of these being the target of different and often specific risks.
Natural versus Human Threats
A clear line must be drawn between unavoidable natural risks, and the catastrophes resulting from human actions. In the first category are found the great natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, fires, landslides, tidal waves, tsunamis, tempests, hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons. Even when appropriate preventive measures have been adopted, significant damages are seldom avoided. For example, IFLA has been brought-in to look at the destruction of a large part of the collections from the Franciscan library of Arequipa in Peru.

10. Northeast CAPT: FAQ Alphabetical Index
preparedness plans. Are there resources available that will enableus to be better prepared for natural and humanmade disasters?
Home Products FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Alphabetical Listing
A B C D ... Y A Advantages of distance learning programs
I am interested in participating in an online course. What is distance learning and what are its advantages? Alcohol related laws
I am interested in finding out which alcohol related laws have been adopted in the various states in the Northeast region. Can you tell me where to get this information? Americans with Disabilities Act: Compliance
We are starting a new program and want to make sure we comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Where can we find resources to assist us? B Balancing Fidelity and Adaption
I am implementing a science-based prevention program and want to ensure that I achieve the program's intended outcomes. I recognize the importance of implementing the program with fidelity, but I would like to adapt the program to meet the unique needs of my community. Is there any research on how to effectively strike a balance between fidelity and adaptation?
C CAPT Products
The Northeast CAPT offers many different products that are available to the public. How can I find a brief description of each and how I might obtain a copy?

11. Urban Search And Rescue: FAQ: Index Page
What sorts of disasters are most likely for New The most underrated natural threatfor northern regions to technological and other humanmade hazards - such as

12. Southern Union
Focus Topic 2 Hope in Crisis In time of natural or humanmade disasters, the Church http//
Link to Adventist world news
from this location...
Communication Focus

Communication Focu s is quarterly news prepared on behalf of the General Conference office of the president. Each quarter, Communication Focus Focus Topic 1: HIV/AIDS Initiative
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has dramatically stepped up its response to the worldwide HIV/AIDS crisis. In 2000, the church set up an AIDS study committee, charged with tracking the impact of HIV/AIDS on society and the church, and recommending new, more effective ways to respond. In September 2001, church leadership approved an Office of HIV/AIDS Ministry, which will be located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It will focus on care and vocational training for AIDS orphans and widows, treatment for those infected, and a widespread education and prevention effort in churches, schools, and communities. Take a look at these new initiatives, and explore why church leaders are saying, "AIDS is everyone's responsibility."

13. Sustainability News Index
Global financial losses from natural disasters were, in 1999 The level of weatherrelateddisasters has climbed to climate change due to human-made emissions.
The state of the environment:
past, present, future?
Hard facts: tough choices as UNEP
launches Global Environment Outlook 3

Over 70 per cent of the Earth’s land surface could be affected by the impacts of roads, mining, cities and other infrastructure developments in the next 30 years unless urgent action is taken. Latin America and the Caribbean region is likely to be the hardest hit with more than 80 per cent of the land affected, closely followed by Asia and the Pacific region. Here, over 75 per cent of the land may well be affected by habitat disturbance and other kinds of environmental damage as a result of rapid and poorly planned infrastructure growth. Meanwhile more than half the people in the world could be living in severely water-stressed areas by 2032 if market forces drive the globe’s political, economic and social agenda. West Asia, which includes areas such as the Arabian Peninsula, is likely to be the worst affected with well over 90 per cent of the population expected to be living in areas with “severe water stress” by 2032. However, the proportion of hungry people in the world appears set to fall. Under one future scenario hunger declines to as little as 2.5 per cent of the global population by 2032 - in line with the United Nations Millennium Declaration goals.

14. Untitled Document
s website at http// through preparation of an emergencyresponse plan to both natural and humanmade disasters, says Kent
Illinois Department of Natural Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2002 CONTACT: 217/785-0970
RELAY: 800/526-0844
TDD: 217/782-9175
FAX: 217/524-4641 NATURAL RESOURCES NEWSBITS In need of a last-minute gift? The Department of Natural Resources Gift Shop , located in the north atrium lobby of the new DNR Center at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, has some terrific ideas. Natural resource-themed gift items available for purchase in the gift shop include wood carvings, sculptures, books, apparel, jewelry, recycled products, lamps, clocks, pictures, cutlery, educational materials for children and much more. The gift shop is located immediately inside the main entrance of the DNR Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone orders are accepted by calling 800/720-3249. The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2003, in Lakeview Conference Room A at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Building, One Natural Resources Way in Springfield. The Board determines what species are threatened or endangered in the state and advises the Department of Natural Resources on the means of conserving them. The Board meets quarterly, revises the list of protected species every five years and completed its most recent revisions in 1999. For more information, contact the Board at 217/785-8687.

15. Natural Disasters Set To Cost Over $ 70 Billion
the team, said There have been over 500 major natural disasters already this ExecutiveDirector, said Climate change, linked with humanmade emissions, is

16. Programme Index - Communication And Media Programmes
The focus is not on providing relief for natural disasters, but onhelping in the resolution of humanmade conflicts. Programmes

Site map

Choose a programme area Africa Asia Caribbean Europe Latin America Middle East North America Pacific
Global programmes details: Global programmes are specially funded for a number of developmental, critical and training initiatives. They have been made possible by special grants from various partners, which enable WACC to respond quickly to one-off communication requests, critical communication situations, or training needs in various countries. Development Initiative Programme (DIP) This programme is a long term programme, established to support various small-scale communication projects, which are developmental and innovative and broadly fit criteria that have been agreed by WACC and EZE. DIP applications come from many countries in the South, and are categorised by region with the exception of the women's programme. They are screened according to the following criteria:
  • That they are communication projects related to development goals in Third World countries; That they are innovative and not part of a larger ongoing programme;

17. Disaster Mental Health
Family Assistance Plan index National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB). MentalHealth Effects of natural and humanmade disasters Susan D. Solomon
Disaster Mental Health (DMH)
...AND NOW WHAT?: A Helping Hand for Children that have Suffered a Loss Gilbert Brenson Lazan and Maria Mercedes Sarmiento Diaz Requires Microsoft WORD and WinZip (file is zipped) A LIGHT IN THIS DARK VALLEY: A Manual for Disaster and Trauma Victims: Fifty Things You Can Do When There is Nothing You Can Do Gilbert Brenson Lazan and Maria Mercedes Sarmiento Diaz A Role for Prospective Longitudinal Investigations in the Study of Traumatic Stress and Disasters John B. Reid (1990) A Year Ago Today: The Psychology of a Disaster's Anniversary Lennis G. Echterling After Action Report: Detailed Summary of Daily Activity: Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing: 19 April 1995 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management After the Flood: The Response of Ministers to a Natural Disaster Cecil Bradfield, Mary Lou Wylie and Lennis G. Echterling An Evaluation of How ECU Staff Persons Coped With Hurricane Floyd Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters: A Guide for Teachers

18. State Differences In Reported Healthy Days Among Adults -- United States, 1993-1
the construct validity of the index in this population composition, socioeconomicfactors, climate, natural and humanmade disasters, environmental quality
State Differences in Reported Healthy Days Among Adults United States, 1993-1996
Traditional population health measures, such as infant mortality rates, vaccination rates, and average life expectancy, have emphasized morbidity and mortality. During the past decade, weighted indices of population health (e.g., years of healthy life and disability-adjusted life-years), which combine life expectancy with aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQOL), have provided more comprehensive summary measures (1). To meet the need for a less complex measure that is more sensitive to local variations in population health, CDC developed the "healthy days" index. This HRQOL index tracks the number of healthy days (i.e., days when persons' physical and mental health were both good) during the preceding 30 days for a specific population (2-5). This report describes state differences for 1993-1996 in the mean number of healthy days reported by adults, including large differences within each state by level of formal education. During 1993-1996, the overall state-weighted mean number of healthy days during the preceding 30 days for all adults was 24.7, ranging from 23.7 (Kentucky and Nevada) to 26.0 (South Dakota) (pless than 0.05; weighted z-test after adjustment for multiple comparisons) (

19. Health And Environment | Canadian Success Stories | Canada At The World Summit O
air quality;; health implications of natural and humanmade disasters;; sound management TheChildren's UV index and Sun Awareness Program is an elementary

About Sustainable Development
The WSSD Canada at
the WSSD
... Canadian Secretariat Time in Johannesburg
Sustainable Development Action
Canadian Success Stories
Health and Environment
Health and Environment Ministers of the Americas
The meeting was held to address the following objectives:
  • build bridges between health and environment sectors to address common issues; strengthen capacity for countries in the hemisphere to effectively manage health and environment issues; establish follow-up mechanisms for addressing health and environment issues in the Americas, and, contribute, as appropriate, to the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
At the meeting, Ministers committed to work in co-operation with all levels of government, the private sector and civil society; and to invest in health and the environment, as critical pre-conditions to reducing inequality and alleviating poverty. Action in these areas will ultimately lead to improving the quality of life and social justice within the context of sustainable development for all people in the Americas. The priority areas for action identified by Health and Environment Ministers were:
  • integrated management of water resources, including water contamination and basic sanitation;

20. NIMH - Helping Children And Adolescents Cope With Violence And Disasters
site http// Psychologicalresponses of children to natural and humanmade disasters I. Children's
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters Also available in pdf format
(162 KB, 10 pages)
NIH Publication No. 01-3518
How Children and Adolescents React to Trauma

Helping the Child or Adolescent Trauma Survivor

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Treatment of PTSD

Helping young people avoid or overcome emotional problems in the wake of violence or disaster is one of the most important challenges a parent, teacher, or mental health professional can face. The National Institute of Mental Health and other Federal agencies are working to address the issue of assisting children and adolescents who have been victims of or witnesses to violent and/or catastrophic events. The purpose of this fact sheet is to tell what is known about the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents and suggest steps to minimize long-term emotional harm. Research has shown that both adults and children who experience catastrophic events show a wide range of reactions. Some suffer only worries and bad memories that fade with emotional support and the passage of time. Others are more deeply affected and experience long-term problems. Research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shows that some soldiers, survivors of criminal victimization, torture and other violence, and survivors of natural and man-made catastrophes suffer long-term effects from their experiences. Children who have witnessed violence in their families, schools, or communities are also vulnerable to serious long-term problems. Their emotional reactions, including fear, depression, withdrawal or anger, can occur immediately or some time after the tragic event. Youngsters who have experienced a catastrophic event often need support from parents and teachers to avoid long-term emotional harm. Most will recover in a short time, but the few who develop PTSD or other persistent problems need treatment.

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