Friday, October 3, 2014 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
Descriptions: The USGS researches, monitors trends, and provides impartial scientific information on geologic topics, from Earth's ecosystems and environment to natural hazards like volcano and earthquake activity, floods, storms and drought, to the impacts of climate and land-use change on natural resources, to the geomagnetic field and meteorite activity.
Keywords: data, disaster, disease, environmental, federal agencies, general reference, geology, geoscience, hurricane, maps, microbiology, minerals, natural sciences, news, pandemic, reports, research, science, scientist, seismology, statistical, U.S. Government, weather
Provider: Texas A&M University
Descriptions: This Agricultural Extension website provides easy links from its home page to pages devoted to drought, hurricane, wildfire, influenza and disaster recovery resources. It provides valuable information not only for urbanites, but supplies advice to farmers and ranchers on securing crops and providing for livestock, and for seeking assistance from the federal government.
Keywords: agriculture, animal welfare, disaster, emergency preparedness, hurricane, Texas
Provider: Texas Department of Public Safety
Descriptions: This State of Texas site contains full-text documents and links to other helpful websites like weather alert sources. Advice to communities launching public awareness campaigns on hurricane preparedness is provided here, along with documents addressing issues like preparation for evacuation, securing one's home and property, facts about inland flooding, information on post-storm environmental hazards like asbestos, storm effects by wind strength, etc.
Keywords: disaster, emergency preparedness, hurricane, links, maps, public administration, Texas, toxins
Provider: U.S. Government agencies
Descriptions: DisasterAssistance.gov is a secure, user-friendly U.S. Government web portal that consolidates disaster assistance information in one place. If you need assistance following a presidentially declared disaster— which has been designated for individual assistance— you can now to go to DisasterAssistance.gov to register online. Local resource information to help keep citizens safe during an emergency is also available. Currently, 17 U.S. Government agencies, which sponsor almost 60 forms of assistance, contribute to the portal.
Keywords: disaster, federal agencies, government, hurricane, portal, public health, U.S. Government
Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: This is the area of CDC's disaster resources for the use of health care professionals, dealing with infection control, public health surveillance, displacement and licensure issues, handling of human remains, and safety considerations for bringing equipment and facilities back into service after a hurricane or other disaster.
Keywords: communicable diseases, consumer health, disaster, emergency preparedness, health services, healthcare professional, hospitals, hurricane, infection, public health
Provider: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Descriptions: This page of the CDC's Emergency Preparedness section contains planning tips, lists supplies needed for survival, and provides or links to recovery information specific to hurricanes and similar major storms. Common health and safety concerns surrounding the aftermath of hurricanes are addressed. Information compiled for the benefit of specific groups-- health care professionals, citizens with chronic conditions or disabilities, shelters (housing humans or pets), response and cleanup workers, evacuees, schools and pregnant women is also provided here. Public Service Announcements are also available, as podcasts or videos.
Keywords: animal welfare, consumer health, disaster, federal agencies, healthcare professional, hurricane, public health, social services
Provider: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Descriptions: The AVMA has posted a large amount of detailed, very useful information on providing for pets and livestock in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency- before, during and after- in the form of printable brochures and a comprehensive booklet for animal owners called "Saving the Whole Family." These documents are provided in Spanish as well as English. For veterinary professionals, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide (over 400 pages) is freely available from the website for download or printing. A brochure aimed at veterinary practices and helpful for disaster planning is provided. See the AVMA Collections page for more publications and information on disaster preparedness. Selected links for both pet owners (pet care, FAQ's) and professionals (associations, government agencies) can be found here also.
Keywords: animal welfare, consumer health, disaster, emergency preparedness, hurricane, public health, safety, veterinary medicine
Provider: American Red Cross
Descriptions: The American Red Cross is the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross also aids victims of natural disasters. This website offers a smartphone First Aid app, and provides links to local Red Cross offices and information on giving blood and volunteering, and on how to obtain assistance or training. In case of domestic disasters, there is a forum to connect victims with those who are searching for them. Reports and financial statements published by the organization are also available here.
Keywords: blood, consumer health, earthquake, emergency medicine, emergency preparedness, First Aid, health services, hematology, hurricane, links, public health, social networking, social services
Provider: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Descriptions: The National Hurricane Center website provides interactive satellite and radar maps, frequently-updated land and marine advisories, and (in the presence of active storm systems)updated forecasts based on its aerial reconnaissance findings. Three- and 5-day outlooks, likely landfall ranges ("cones"), wind speed prediction maps and storm surge projections are featured. Many links to other authoritative and relevant emergency planning resources are provided from this site. There is a downloadable blank hurricane tracking map available, and RSS feed is provided.
Keywords: disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, hurricane, images, maps, news, reports, RSS feed, software, weather