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  • * ABAG Earthquake Maps
    An interesting collection of resources with an emphasis on California. There is information on making your home as safe as possible during earthquakes, a quiz, puzzles, hazard maps and animations, the impact of quakes on transportation, ground liquefication and many other topics. The main page is well laid out and easy to navigate. A good resource for schools.

    * Billion Dollar Weather Disasters in the U.S.A
    A list of weather generated disasters in the USA which have resulted in damages and costs estimated at $1 billion or above.

    * Case Studies from BBC Scotland
    The site outlines two case studies. One is recent flooding in Inverness and the other is the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat. The site fits the requirements of the Scottish Curriculum at Intermediate level. It also has exam style questions and suggested answers.
    Global reports from the US Geological Survey giving details of the most recent earthquakes recorded. Thousands of earthquakes may occur each day across the planet, and this site lists the larger ones to have been detected.

    * Current earthquakes
    Global reports from the US Geological Survey giving details of the most recent earthquakes recorded. Thousands of earthquakes may occur each day across the planet, and this site lists the larger ones to have been detected.

    * Disaster Relief
    The aim of this site is to encourage and enable the exchange of disaster information on the Internet. It is a 'practical' site intended to be used in real situations, offering help to people in danger, advice on being ready for disasters, advice on how to contact people at risk whom you have been unable to contact, and also has a 'Forum' where you can ask questions or send messages to relief workers.

    * Disaster Report Archive
    Excellent source of information about disasters.EQE International's disaster report archive contains reports published by EQE on major natural hazards disasters. All reports are also available in paper form. Most of the listed disasters are earthquakes, although wildfires and hurricanes are also in the library. The reports are very informative and well worth downloading.

    * EarthAlert
    Information and background details for natural and man made disasters around the world. The site is frequently updated, the older pages put in the archive and still easily accessed from the main page. Different types of disasters can be accessed via the icon menu or via the icons on the world map. This is a good site, especially for school use, with a wealth of images and well presented information.

    * EPA Envirofacts
    aAsingle point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data. This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information.

    * Federal Emergency Management Agency
    This is similar to an online disaster newspaper, with interesting and authoratitive articles on Disaster awareness and preparedness as well as current/recent disasters and disaster relief operations. A very good resource site for those wanting background to current disaster issues.

    * FEMA For Kids
    This is an excellent site for school use. The entire site, from graphical display to educational content has been designed with children in mind. There are games, quizzes, teacher resources, disaster information and the chance for students to win a FEMA Disaster Kid Certificate online. FEMA Disaster Kids also have membership of a special e-mail group and receive new information from FEMA on a regular basis.

    * Fielding's Danger Finder
    This site provides details of 35 places around the world where you are at most risk from acts of terrorism or violence. So, if you want to know where you shouldn't be - this is when you can find out! Each named place can be clicked on to reveal more information.

    * Mitigation How To Series
    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has produced a series of useful documents explaining how best to protect your home from natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and violent winds. This information is not only of importance to people likely to experience these natural hazards, it is also an excellent resource for schools wanting to get the 'feel' of life in dangerous locations.

    * National Warnings Area (USA)
    This is another serious site, giving emergency warnings for the whole of the USA. The site content is updated every 60 seconds, and covers Tornadoes, Severe Storms, Flash Floods, Winter Storms and more.

    * Office of Emergency Services
    This site is about the OES and its different departments / branches. There are also images, links to other sites,disaster assistance and information on earthquake preparedness.

    * Operational Significant Event Imagery
    Here you can view the latest satellite images of disasters and emergencies such as forest fires, volcanoes, storms, and other natural disasters.
    The Daily Operational Significant Event Imagery Report (DOSEIR) outlines the events captured in satellite imagery and provides a direct link to the images themselves. Each image is described with a short narrative and a line of information that notes the satellite source of the image, the channels used, the date and time of the satellite pass,whether it is in color or in greyscale and the geographic location where the image is centered.

    * Preparing for Disaster
    To find out more about disasters and steps you can take to prepare, select a disaster or other topic from the list they provide. The list is quite comprehensive, ranging from extreme heat to winter storms. There is also some information on man made, or technological disasters.

    * Quakes in California
    This site presents a map showing the California area and the major fault lines. By clicking on the fault in which you are interested, you get more data concerning the fault and its quakes.

    * Red Cross : American section
    The American Red Cross helps to keep people safe every day as well as in emergency situations. The site contains useful information and details of current emergencies needing public help and donations.

    * Ten Risky Places
    Mark Monmonier is a professor of geography and has listed here the USA's ten most hazardous places. For each location he explains why it is not a good place to live. It seems that if you live in California, you might want to consider a move!

    * Tsunami
    A Safety Guide with information on being ready for a tsunami and how to live through it whether you are on land or at sea. This is another of the 'mitigation' series of pages, well written, concise and informative.

    * Tsunami Watch
    Tsunami Watch describes itself as "An international effort to save lives and protect property". These pages provide an overview of the Tsunami Warning System, Warning Centres, and general global Tsunami reports.

    * USGS Hazard Fact Sheets
    This is a very useful index of links to all the Hazard Fact sheets produced by the USGS. From her you can access information and advice on almost any natural hazards including volcanic air pollution, earthquakes, storms, debris flows, wild fires and geomagnetism. An excellent site and well worth visiting if you need hazard information.

    * WildFires
    Part of the USA Drought Index Site, this page contains a gif image that shows the locations of currently burning wildfires in the USA.

    * Wind Chill: A Rough Guide to Danger
    An informative site that provides a wind chill chart, links to the formula for calculating wind chill, and some handy texts covering wind chill related topics, including the 'Outdoor Action Guide to Hyperthermia And Cold Weather Injuries.

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