Post-Disaster Resource List

APA Hazards Planning Research Center: Combining original and past research, the collaborative center focuses on supplying planners and the general public with information on how to build resilient communities. Activity areas include research, outreach, education, and policy. www.planning.org/nationalcenters/hazards/index.htm

Association of State Floodplain Managers: An organization of professionals involved in floodplain management across the local, state, and federal levels. Mission is to mitigate future losses and costs of flooding. www.floods.org

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Supporting U.S. citizens in times of disaster assistance. FEMA is part of the Department of Homeland Security, with authority provided by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, National Flood Insurance Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act. www.fema.gov

Firewise Communities: A program of the National Fire Protection Association, Firewise encourages community involvement and citizen commitment to protect the U.S. from future wildfires. Firewise teaches people how to adapt once a fire breaks out, and how to live safely in a fire-prone locality. www.firewise.org

HUD Disaster Recovery Assistance: The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Recovery Assistance grants through CDBG and HOME to those in need following a Presidential declared disaster. These grants are especially focused on low-income areas. The process begins by HUD notifying eligible governments, which can then submit an Action Plan describing what they would do with the funding. www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/drsi/index.cfm

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety: The institute’s motto is "where building safety research leads to real-world solutions." Initiatives are focused on commercial and residential properties and their materials and building code. IBHS also uses the URL www.disastersafety.org. www.ibhs.org/main;jsessionid=96B7F5C372436068D7D1C7B3AF8A09BE?execution=e1s1

Natural Hazards Center: Located at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the mission is to study both hazard mitigation and post-disaster recovery. The center produces a bimonthly newsletter, website, the publication Natural Hazards Review with co-sponsor the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a vast collection of materials in an online library/searchable database ("HazLit"). www.colorado.edu/hazards/

NOAA Coastal Services Center: This center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration works with the public and private sectors to address issues on the coast. Their mission statement is "to support the environmental, social, and economic well-being of the coast by linking people, information, and technology." The center also supports Digital Coast, a partnership that includes APA. www.csc.noaa.gov

Public Entity Risk Institute: An independent organization involved in risk management, PERI provides guidance with publications, information, training, resources, and consulting services. www.riskinstitute.org/peri/

Texas A&M University Hazards Reduction and Recovery Center: Studying a full range of natural disasters, the program is in conjunction with the United Nations Collaborative Center (one of only two in the world). They serve as international researchers and consultants with an interdisciplinary focus that includes architects, planners, engineers, sociologists, and policy analysts. http://archone.tamu.edu/hrrc/

UNC Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters: Academic research center located in North Carolina. This site is updated frequently responding to disasters across the world. http://hazardscenter.unc.edu

International Association of Emergency Managers: There are more than 5,000 members worldwide contributing to this educational nonprofit. Promoting the principles of emergency management, these professionals are focused on protecting people and the environment during and post-disaster. www.iaem.com

National Emergency Management Association: A nonprofit concerned with public safety and security; members are emergency managers from all 50 states. This association is an affiliate of the Council of State Governments (CSG) and focuses on the federal and state governments. www.nemaweb.org

Blogs

Recovery of Greensburg, Kansas: A blog that follows that recovery process of Greensburg, Kansas, after a devastating tornado in 2007. The site is updated frequently by multiple authors who also offer insight into other areas and locales dealing with disasters. www.greensburgtornadorecovery.blogspot.com/

Long-Term Community Recovery from Disasters: A blog that is consistently updated highlighting areas throughout the nation that are currently planning for long-term community recovery. The website also gives readers an additional resource list on LTCR plans. www.longtermcommunityrecovery.blogspot.com/

Recovery Diva: A blog providing informal educational content about current disaster events and publications, with a focus on recovery issues. http://recoverydiva.com/