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Veterinary sites

  • AgTerror Preparedness Center
    This site was created as a training course for emergency responders. This course, Foreign Animal Disease Response, was approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps
    APHIS established the NAHERC to respond to exotic disease outbreaks and other disasters which effect livestock, poultry, companion animals, and wildlife. More volunteers are urgently needed to assure a decisive response to any potential animal health crises.
  • Preventing Evacuated Hurricane Survivors From Spreading Heartworm Disease
    Updated information from the American Heartworm Society directed toward veterinarians dealing with the influx of heartworm positive Katrina survivors and prevention of heartworm in non-endemic areas.

Human sites

  • A Practical Examination of the Strategic National Stockpile
    (PDF) This report, an evaluation of the Strategic National Stockpile, provides an executive summary and recommendations. Included in the report is a full-scale scenario portraying how the many levels of preparedness mechanisms interact, both positively and negatively.
  • Anthrax Information Page
  • Are you prepared?
    Homeland security says that with a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected. Information, suggestions and brochures on preparing for any number of disaster situations.
  • Emergency Preparedness Atlas: U.S. Nursing Home And Hospital Facilities
    This site is intended to help local communities identify the health care facilities (hospitals and nursing homes) that could be available and prepared to provide assistance under emergency conditions in their communities. The Atlas includes maps for all 50 states with the location of hospitals and nursing homes in each state, and it displays the locations relative to the distribution of the elderly population in the case study states.
  • Global incident Map
    This is a world map that shows what strange and dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world. Map is updated every 5 minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area, and open the story of what is going on.
  • Hazard Exposure And Risk Assessment Matrix
    Work conditions change drastically after hurricanes and other natural disasters. In the wake of a hurricane, response and recovery workers will face additional challenges, such as downed power lines, downed trees, and high volumes of construction debris, while performing an otherwise familiar task/operation.
  • Instructions for Individuals and Families During a Radiation Emergency
    This website has instructions from the CDC on dealing with radiation emergencies, dirty bombs, and nuclear blasts. Site includes information on chemicals to protect against radiation.
  • Medical Reserve Corps
    MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members-interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others-can fill key support positions.
  • Providing Mass Medical Care With Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide
    This site provides community, institutional, state, and federal planners with information on planning for and responding to a mass casualty event (MCE).
  • Public Health Preparedness
    Site contains expert guidelines, fact sheets, and other tools for public health preparedness (including disasters, emerging diseases, etc.).
  • ReallyReady
    An emergency preparedness web resource with comprehensive and correct information, from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). The FAS developed the site to provide clear and correct information to citizens interested in preparing themselves and their families for an emergency, and to persuade the Department of Homeland Security to make important changes on that will help Americans to prepare for terrorist attacks or natural disasters.
  • Recognition, Management, and Surveillance of Ricin-Associated Illness
    The webcast, written script, and slide presentation provide basic information on ricin related illness including symptoms, diagnosis, decontamination, and treatment.
  • Tox Town
    An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life. An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.
  • Urban Search And Rescue: Commonly Asked Questions
  • Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)
    Designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents, this software may be downloaded to a PALM device for portability. It provides detailed information on various substances for treatment and identification based on TOXNET's Hazardous Substances Data Bank. It is a prototype only! (HTML)

General sites

  • Pets and Disaster: Be Prepared
    The American Red Cross has provided this Information on animal safety in the event of a disaster.
  • Tsunami Animal Relief Efforts
    Humane Society International Asia reports on the rescue operations and support of animals in areas devastated by the December Tsunami.

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