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Orginally published by Beliefnet.com on September 12, 2001, the Daila Lama's letter offers condolences as well as a suggestion to respond nonviolently to the WTC terrorist attacks.
In an effort to promote understanding and healing, the University of Kentucky has prepared eight full-length media articles that are downloadable from the site. The University says, "You may use them for newspaper articles, TV and radio spots, newsletters, articles on your website, educational meetings, faith community discussions, and as timely resources and handouts."
Although everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, NMHA (National Mental Health Association) has developed the Coping With Disaster fact sheet series to help you and your loved ones cope during crisis and loss.
Can what you see, hear, feel, and experience actually result in a permanent change in your brain? This provocative question arose from research discoveries by J. Douglas Bremner and others that showed that extreme stress might result in lasting damage to the brain. Anyone who has experienced even moderate stress in their life will benefit from the insights in this clearly written, accessible book.
Training manual developed to help mental health providers better serve victims of terrorism and mass violence.
A new American Red Cross September 11th Recovery Program quarterly publication.
An informational website provided by Purdue Extension with links, multimedia, and articles pertaining to terrorism's effect on children.
9/11 List Serv
---------------- Since September 2001 I have maintained a free and confidential "9/11 list-serv". The "9/11 list-serv" distributes daily e-mails containing newspaper articles and other relevant information re: 9/11 issues of interest to 9/11 families and 9/11 organizations. If any of your readers would like to 'subscribe' to this free service - please have them send an e-mail to amkorotkin@aol.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject box. -----------------------
9/11 List-serv
Since September 2001 I have maintained a free and confidential "9/11 list-serv". The "9/11 list-serv" distributes daily e-mails containing newspaper articles and other relevant information re: 9/11 issues of interest to 9/11 families, 9/11 organizations and interested individuals. If you would like to 'subscribe' to this free service - please send an e-mail to amkorotkin@aol.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject box.
Before disbanding in late December, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project released its final report assessing the status of the 41 recommendations made by the commission in July 24 to make the United States a safer, more secure nation. The progress was measured in grades, and the resulting report is littered with many Cs, Ds, and Fs. Here is the report in PDF form.
Before disbanding in late December, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project released its final report assessing the status of the 41 recommendations made by the commission in July 24 to make the United States a safer, more secure nation. The progress was measured in grades, and the resulting report is littered with many Cs, Ds, and Fs. Here are the remarks of Chairman Thomas H. Kean and Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton.
The 9/11 Recovery Resources that can be found on NYDIS.org
Three years after the attacks of Sept. 11, the rescue dogs that worked at Ground Zero and the Pentagon are still being studied for long-term effects caused by the conditions at the crash sites.
By: Kasi, Sekar; Bhadra, Subhasis; Dyer, Alien R.. Southern Medical Journal, Sep2007, Vol. 100 Issue 9, p929-931, 3p; (AN 26590488) The article discusses the initiative of the National Institute of Mental and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in preparing for a training manual for the medical professional in Bangalore, India. It has become a model for subsequent work and training for psychosocial response to subsequent disasters. The model is based on facilitating normalization, building up eroded social support and providing holistic care.
This report by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials reviews Hurricane Katrina reports from the White House, the House, the U.S. Senate, and the Government Accountability Office to aid in understanding the public health implications of their proposed actions.
The Access to Care program is a mental health and substance abuse program for people who were impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, and their family members. Survivors are able to receive financial assistance for mental health counseling, medication and substance abuse treatment during their recovery. The program can be used to pay for services with licensed providers and clinics anywhere in the country and is retroactive to August 30, 2005. Anyone who resided in a FEMA designated pre-disaster hurricane zip code prior to landfall and suffered significant impact is eligible. Anyone who lost a close family member as a result of the hurricanes, regardless of their place of residence at the time of the hurricanes, is also eligible for assistance. Mental health professionals, case managers and interested clients can get more information about eligibility, covered services and how to enroll, by visiting the program’s website: www.a2care.org or by calling: 1-866-794-HOPE, a 24/7 toll-free, multilingual line staffed with trained mental health professionals. This program is an initiative of The American Red Cross Hurricane Recovery Program and is administered by Link2Health Solutions, a private non-profit subsidiary of The Mental Health Association of NYC.
National Disaster Response Office including American Baptist Men which provide disaster relief services such as clean up and feeding.
Regularly updated information on scope of disaster and human impact, local disaster preparedness program information, collection site for information on nonprofits’ respective volunteer needs following a disaster.
In light of the upcoming sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a meeting is to be held for surviving family members of September 11 victims. A manual will be distributed, and families' concerns can be voiced.
Article from Disaster News Network in which security consultor Tom Kennedy talks about the recent NYC transit strike, enumerates its lessons, and urges family disaster planning.
Published by NY Daily News on Dec. 31, 2005, this article reports the awarding of a grant to NYDIS for additional work with sick 9/11 workers. Maggie Jarry is quoted.
This article is from The New Standard and was published in January 2005. It also mentions NYDIS. The summary blurb reads, "On the eve of a renewed push for a government response to the health and economic needs of 9/11's heroes and the victims of its poisonous aftermath, experts and activists explain why so many feel frustrated and abandoned."
This article was published by the Disaster News Network in January 2006. The opening blurb reads, "Humor can offer post-disaster healing. Hundreds of people along Mississippi's Gulf Coast waited in long lines to buy a copy of the Pascagoula High School choir's parody hit "Downtown Got Run Over by Katrina." NYDIS' Peter Gudaitis is quoted, and he argues that humor in some situations - specifically 9/11 - isn't the best choice.
This NY1 News article reports on the awarding of a grant to NYDIS for additional work with sick 9/11 workers. It was published on Jan. 18, 2006.
Originally published by the AP on September 20, 2001, this article details some of the unfortunate discrimination, bullying, and intimidating lobbied at Muslim students in the wake of 9/11. It's made available via www.BeliefNet.com.
This BeliefNet.com article deals with the reaction of American buddhists to recent terrorist attacks. While the traditional teachings of Buddhism stress non-violence, some believe that violence might be warranted.
Article from the Washington Post that tries to explain FEMA's ineptitude concerning Katrina relief. Features many quotes from Michael D. Brown, formerly FEMA's director and a Department of Homeland Security undersecretary.
This Disaster News Network article tells of the U.S.-based faith leaders' condemnation of the 2005 London terrorist attacks. Peter Gudaitis, Executive Director/CEO of NYDIS, is quoted extensively.
Article from the New York Times: The Clinical Pastoral Education program at Bellevue Hospital teaches intern chaplains how to soothe the spiritual wounds of patients.
This Disaster News Network article deals with the plight of 9/11 Polish workers, many of whom are facing work-related health problems. Maggie Jarry, director of disaster recovery and advocacy at NYDIS, is quoted extensively.
Locating and Reaching At-Risk Populations in an Emergency.
This list provides several links to downloadable webcasts about mental health, disaster recovery, post-traumatic stress, and the like. Also ennumerates a number of DVS, videos, etc that can be ordered.
The Better Business Bureau maintains a link on its website to a list of reputable and experience disaster relief agencies that accept cash donotions for local, national and international disaster relief efforts.
"In a timely book with a powerful and persuasive message, Dr. Harold G. Koenig addresses federal, state, and local government policy leaders, urging them to more fully integrate religious organizations into the formal disaster response system. He then provides recommendations on how this can effectively be done. Koenig also advocates faith communities and organizations to learn more about the role they can play in responding to disasters and terrorism."
Providing guidance and information to support appropriate international disaster relief.
Emergency/Recovery Planning for the the Anglican and Protestant Christian Community.
This New York City based Non-Profit provides cutting edge community organizing and capacity building programs. It also offers Disaster Preparendness Tip Sheets & Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Training for Community-Based & Faith-Based organizations as well as individual New Yorker's and their families.
NYDIS staff are credentialled to provide clergy and caregivers with resilience training for compassion fatigue burn out. Training is provided through NYDIS' Office of Disaster Planning & Training.
This helpful website brings together available rental properties that can be accessed by disaster victims who have lost their homes.
"Disaster Planning, Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity" is a free guideline that offers the points an organization needs to think about in order to prepare its own disaster recovery plan so that, should an interruption occur, it is able to resume operations. Published by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. We encourage you to take this document and use it as you wish: cut and paste those sections that are applicable, expand where needed. Assign a crew to complete the various sections, take a copy home...store it on your intranet...give copies to key personnel, the board chair, the secretary or another appropriate board member.
Provides on-site psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic services in coordination with other agencies, educational programs, referral mechanisms, and research. DPO is a National and International Relief and Recovery Provider and a Member of National VOAD
It is the process of regaining access to the data, hardware and software necessary to resume critical business operations after a natural or a human caused disaster
This report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General, addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the DHS Information Technology disaster recovery program.
Published by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Disaster Research (DR) is a moderated e-mail newsletter for creators and users of information regarding hazards and disasters. Subscriptions are free, and there approximately 3,000 subscribers. The e-newsletter features timely announcements about new policies and programs, funding opportunities, calls for papers and presentations, conferences, resources, job openings, and other information useful to those in the field of hazards and disasters.
Website for the Disaster Research Center (DRC)within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. This is a social science research center devoted to the study of disasters. The center of work with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunamis across the Indian Ocean and Hurrican Katrina among others.
This website is maintained by the Law Library at the University of California, Berkeley. It features information related to the law's role in natural hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Last Updated in the Fall of 2004 - this is a resource list of New York City's faith communities with disaster readiness, response and recovery organizations. Contact information and services summarys are provided.
Last Updated in the Fall of 2004 - this is a resource list of New York City's faith-based disaster readiness, response and recovery organizations. Contact information and services summarys are provided.
articles about use of media for disaster mental health workers during a disastee: Chapter in book about media: Resources about media for disaster mental heatlh workers: chapter in book: Kuriansky, J., "Working Effectively with the Mass Media in Disaster Mental Health" in Reyes, G. & Jacobs, G. (2005) Handbook of International Disaster Psychology,1st of 4 vols. Westport: Praeger Publishers, pp127-146. article: Kuriansky, J. Disaster and the Media: Experience and Advice on the Psychologist’s Role, Amplifier, Newsletter of Division 46 of the American Psychological Association, 2005, retrieve from: http://www.apa.org/divisions/div46/AmpFall05.pdf, page 7.
Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Kuriansky, J: The 9/11 Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center: A New York Psychologist’s Personal Experiences and Professional Perspective, Psychotherapie-Forum special edition on terrorism and psychology, Blackwell Pub., Vol 11, No 1, 2003, 36-47. Hand, E. and Kuriansky, J (contributor): ACCESS: Community Emergency Handbook, February, 2002. Kuriansky, J. Use 9/11 to turn your life around: relationship tips and a song of healing: http://www.nydailynews.com/city_life/advice/story/451316p-379876c.html Kuriansky, J.: Advice for kids with 9/11 questions. http://www.nydailynews.com/city_life/advice/story/345451p-294908c.html Kuriansky, J.: Coping in a Time of Crisis, Daily News, July 22, 2003. Kuriansky, J.: Love in the Time of Terrorism, South China Morning Post, September 8, 2002. Kuriansky, J.: Making Your Relationship Better on the Anniversary of 9/11, South China Morning Post, September 8, 2002. Feature, “Lessons from Ground Zero” In Jerusalem, Jerusalem Post, August 23, 2002. Feature, “Noted Psychologist talk of Emotions After September 11” Daily Mountain Eagle, Jasper, Alabama, May 11, 2002. Kuriansky, J.: Coping in a Time of Crisis, New York Daily News, July 22, 2003.
a song of healing related to 9/11
Kuriansky,. J.: Anniversary reactions (hurricane Article about anniversary wellness workshops on the first anniversary of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita)
Articles about mental health recovery efforts from the tsunami Kuriansky, J: “Finding life I n a living hell”: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/283039p-242333c.html Kuriansky, J: “Making sense of senseless tragedy”: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/267597p-229217c.html Kuriansky, J.: “Alone at Christmastime” (about widowers of the tsunami): http://www.nydailynews.com/city_life/advice/story/376790p-320139c.html
A growing listing of useful resources (books, articles, publications) for ministry in disaster recovery. This site is Australian but points to many US sites and publications.
The article focuses on the formal system of emergency preparation and response in the U.S. It is stated that emergency management system is develop to minimize damage and to meet the physical needs of disaster victims. Moreover, the functions of energy response system is described based on emotional and spiritual needs.
ERD provides emergency assistance in times of disaster; rebuilds devastated communities and offers long-term program development solutions to fight poverty.
This guide aims to help organizations prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. The guide examines what can be done before, during, and after a hurricane.
A comprehensive fact sheet for hurricane victims who need help accessing assistance from federal agencies is now available.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is using technology to make it easier to apply for disaster assistance. In addition to registering by phone, residents of federal disaster areas may now apply online for assistance as well as find valuable recovery information.
This FEMA and American Bar Association press release describes the Memorandum of Agreement that was signed to increase the reach and array of legal services delivered to low-income victims of major disasters.
Hold the Door for Others is a 9/11 inspired non-profit organization devoted to empowering people to grow through loss and adversity (e.g., loss of a loved-one, cancer, divorce, job-loss, affected by a natural disaster. On October 20, 2007 we will be hosting our annual Hold the Door Day. Please visit holdthedoor.com for more information
Issued in 2003, the purpose of HSPD-8 is to "establish policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal."
This report from the Center On Budget And Policy Priorities makes recommendations for the federal government to help meet the housing needs of poor residents displaced by the 2005 hurricanes.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Center for Biosecurity released publication titled "How to Lead during Bioattacks with the Public's Trust and Help - A Manual for Mayors, Governors and Top Health Officials."
Is a Non-Profit association of human service provider agencies in New York City. HSC also sponsors the HSC Disaster Preparedness Committee which offers disaster preparedness and recovery training to human services staff and provide interagency preparedness planning. The HSC is the parent agency of the United Services Group which coordinates all case management services in a major disasters.
By: Gavagan, Thomas F.; Noji, Eric. Southern Medical Journal, Sep2007, Vol. 100 Issue 9, p926-927, 2p; (AN 26590486) The article describes the general approach in international settings and domestic disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. The author cited that many physicians are unaccustomed to command and control organization models, having practiced in more loosely organized groups affiliated for business or academic purposes. In addition, a disaster plan should be developed ahead of time to create an opportunity between participants in a future emergency response.
Information, Technology Lessons Learned from the World Trade Center Relief and Response
University at Albany research report on the World Trade Center response and recovery process through the lenses of information, technology and the people and organization who used them to address a massive urban emgergency.
This overview of the IOCC's ministry incorporates some very helpful information on setting up a disaster response team in a small denomination.
A national and international Muslim humanitarian relief agency. ICNA operates a 9/11 case management program for victims as well as a civil liberties program & advocacy for immigrant detainees initiative.
NY Emergency Planning Seminars
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health is now available for free online.
Letter from the Anxiety Disorders Clinic of Columbia University explaining the clinic's services in providing help for victims suffering from PTSD.
This is the website for Louisiana State University's Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes. The site offers a comprehensive source of hurricane-related resources and links.
Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a collaborative ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). On their behalf, LDR responds to disasters in the United States and its territories to deliver services to survivors and the impacted community throughout all stages of the disaster response (emergency, relief and long-term recovery).
Article on Mental and Social Health During and After Acute Emergencies featured in the January 2005 issue of the Bulletin published by the World Health Organization.
This is a downloadable mp3 of Safe Horizon's radio advertisement. The ad offers counseling for those still suffering the 9/11 attacks. Transcriptions are also available in the resource library.
The National Association of Development Organizations has prepared this report, titled "Regional Approaches to Homeland Security Planning and Preparedness." It examines the various regional initiatives, models, and strategies being used by state and local officials to improve preparedness, prevention, and response capactity for disasters.
Provides curriculum development in bioterrorism, training for public health professionals and first responders, development of model programs, a wide-ranging research agenda and public policy analysis around issues germane to disaster preparedness.
From the Dept. of Homeland Security, this outlines the aims of the NIMS, a system that intends to provide a nationwide approach for all governments to prepare, prevent, respond to, and recover from all manner of domestic incidents.
Located in Oklahoma City, The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge to help prevent terrorism and mitigate its effects. This official website is full of researched data and other pertinent information. Specifically, it includes a "Terrorism Knowledge Base" that provides information on terrorist incidents, related court cases, and listed organizations.
This National Organization On Disability tool provides an interactive directory of regional, state, and local disability-related emergency management resources.
This document was created by National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to provide guidance to people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and for those who would assist them. Contact information and resources are listed by topic and additional resources are provided in appendices. It consists entirely of publicly available information. It belongs not to its editors, but to the people who have helped us collect it. Please send any information that might be useful to the storm victims we are all trying to serve to ESF-06-Mass-Care@DHS.gov
FEMA mitigation grants are highly cost-effective, says this two-volume study report from the Multihazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. On average, each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of $4 in avoided future losses. Download the study here.
Web-based tool from the U.S. Geological Survey that helps monitor, respond to, and analyze natural hazards events around the world. Data comes straight from expert sources.
This website for New Jersey's statewide interfaith disaster long-term recovery agency is dedicated to developing and responding to the needs of those recovering from 9/11 and any disaster affecting New Jersey residents.
New York City based non-profit federation of faith-based disaster readiness, response and recovery human service providers and philanthropies. NYDIS provides mitigation education and preparedness training for clergy, religious leaders, houses of worship and coordinative services for faith communities during a disaster. NYDIS also provides 9/11 and disaster recovery services as well as disaster planning coordiantion with government agencies on behalf if its members.
Facilitate by New York State Emergency Management Office. This Council supports CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)training programs and other interagency community preparedness and training programs. And provides monthly newsletters.
Developed by New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYS VOAD), this 2007-08 directory contains information about agencies in New York that work in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
This is the website for a community-based not-for-profit dedicated to sustainable neighborhoods. NHSNYC is able to assist residents with loans and grants, retro-fitting for loss mitigation and rehab of damaged homes. Also, education in home maitenance, financial planning and insurance.
This New York Times article deals with the vast archive of images from the Sept. 11 attack and its aftermath.
Emergency Management Online Locator System (EMOLS) offers pertinent information about ongoing or potential emergencies in the City from hurricanes to nor'easters to terrorist attacks.
This is a list of all the fact sheets provided by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Each sheet is a PDF file, and the latest is entitled "How to Use a Respirator: A Factsheet for Katrina and Rita Cleanup Workers."
Archive of all previous editions of NYDIS' bi-weekly e-newsletter called NYDISnet. NYDISnet Alerts are distributed during emergencies or at the request of New York City Office of Emergency Management to provide urgent issues or news relevant to New York City clergy and religious communities. To sign-up for NYDISnet go to NYDIS.org
The Tip Sheets are a free resource to provide New York City’s religious leaders with a basic orientation to the skills and tools they will need in times of crisis. They are to be used for mitigation education and preparedness training orientation or as a quick reference in times of crisis.
The Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies has become recognized as an unparalleled institution in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Their website includes a list of health resources, information on OCD and other disorders, and an overview of several treatments.
Cambridge University Press - Mindy Fullilove and Others write on the interagency mobilization in Post-9/11 Disaster Relief Work in New York City.
This website for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder contains information about Quick Response Grants, including application procedures. These small grants enable researchers from the U.S. to conduct short-term studies immediately following a disaster.
A Report on how 9/11 Victims where compensated by Government and Private Sector Philanthropy
The hotline also provides information and referrals to benefits and assistance programs including counseling, support groups, legal services, immigration services, job training, placement agencies and other services, as well as immediate crisis support.
By: Koenig, Harold G.. Southern Medical Journal, Sep2007, Vol. 100 Issue 9, p955-959, 5p; (AN 26590501) A list of articles related to catastrophe that were published in several journals is presented including "Religious coping by church members and the impact of the 1993 Midwest flood," by B. W. Smith, K. I. Pargament and C. Brant and "Suffering and healing among the survivors of Bhuj earthquake," by K. R. Priya.
Seminars on Trauma Awareness & Recovery for caregivers in the aftermath of 9/11, both locally in NYC and at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonberg, VA.
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress is a multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy aims to identify expertise among professionals, across disciplines, and provide meaningful standards for those who work regularly with survivors. The Academy's Traumatic Stress Library and publications provide practical information for survivors of traumatic events and those who care for them.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced this new storm ratings system, which refines and improves the original Fujita Scale in rating tornadoes. Specifically, wind speed will be measured more accurately. This webpage explains the original Fujita scale and its proposed revisions.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced this new storm ratings system, which refines and improves the original Fujita Scale in rating tornadoes. Here is the 109-page report submitted to the National Weather Service by the Wind Science and Engineering Center as Texas Tech University.
The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center's website provides information about the New Orleans area. Since Katrina, it has been providing population and housing estimates, maps, and links to hurricane impact and recovery reports to help inform recovery decisions.
Includes, recommendations for developing A Disaster Response Plan For Your Annual Conference.
Designed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to categorize major snowstorms in the Northeast, the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) quickly calculates and ranks a storm's impact soon after it hits.
Workshop sponsored by The International Emergency Management Society. Prague, Czech Republica: November 28-29, 2005.
Envoy Worldwide's second annual survey, designed to leverage a group of business continuity professionals and indentify business continuity and disaster recovery practices and trends. Also compares these trends with those uncovered in the May 2004 survey.
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 was recently modified and extended. The original law established a temporary Terrorism Risk Insurance Program of shared public and private compensation for insured commercial property and casualty losses resulting from an act of terrorism. This webpage contains complete information on the program.
The U.S. Geological Survey's new website features a new seismic event processing system that identifies, locates, and measures earthquakes, cutting in half the time required to report earthquake information. Check out the website for other software and hardware enhancements.
What to Do Next When Disaster Strikes is a CD resource for Episcopal congregations and clergy on how to prepare for and respond to a disaster.
The resources listed here deal with helping schools and communities prepare for and prevent school violence, as well as cope with and respond to instances of violence. The list also includes statistics and research on school safety.
This is a long-term recovery disaster assistance guide, provided by the New York Council On Adoptable Children.
This website looks at how young children who were living and attending school, in Downtown Manhattan on September 11, worked through their ongoing grief and fears through play, and how one community worked together to build a strong system of support. It is also an example of how educators can work as researchers to better understand the needs of the children they serve.
 
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Orginally published by Beliefnet.com on September 12, 2001, the Daila Lama's letter offers condolences as well as a suggestion to respond nonviolently to the WTC terrorist attacks.
"Cities and Climate Change: Urban Sustainability and Global Environmental Governance" by Harriet Bulkeley and Michele Betsill.
This book provides an analysis of the role of cities in addressing climate change and the prospects for urban sustainability.
"Disasters and Mental Health"
This book provides a comprehensive overview of clinical, epidemiological, psychobiological, psychosocial and service organization aspects of disaster psychiatry. It takes a practical approach and includes a series of reports on significant experiences made in this field in various regions of the world. Edited by Juan Jose Lopez-Ibor, George Christodoulou, Mario Maj, Norman Sartorius, and Ahmed Okasha. Explores a variety of aspects of disaster psychiatry.
Can what you see, hear, feel, and experience actually result in a permanent change in your brain? This provocative question arose from research discoveries by J. Douglas Bremner and others that showed that extreme stress might result in lasting damage to the brain. Anyone who has experienced even moderate stress in their life will benefit from the insights in this clearly written, accessible book.
This BeliefNet.com article deals with the reaction of American buddhists to recent terrorist attacks. While the traditional teachings of Buddhism stress non-violence, some believe that violence might be warranted.
Article from the Washington Post that tries to explain FEMA's ineptitude concerning Katrina relief. Features many quotes from Michael D. Brown, formerly FEMA's director and a Department of Homeland Security undersecretary.
Locating and Reaching At-Risk Populations in an Emergency.
This report contains recommendations to reduce U.S. vulnerability to biological and chemical terrorism --- preparedness planning, detection and surveillance, laboratory analysis, emergency response, and communication systems.
Published by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Disaster Research (DR) is a moderated e-mail newsletter for creators and users of information regarding hazards and disasters. Subscriptions are free, and there approximately 3,000 subscribers. The e-newsletter features timely announcements about new policies and programs, funding opportunities, calls for papers and presentations, conferences, resources, job openings, and other information useful to those in the field of hazards and disasters.
This website is maintained by the Law Library at the University of California, Berkeley. It features information related to the law's role in natural hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
This report from the Congressional Research Service provides a general overview of the federally funded programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the training programs of the U.S. Department of Labor that might be used to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This is in PDF format.
This U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy report is from a 2003 conference on emergency preparedness.
A comprehensive fact sheet for hurricane victims who need help accessing assistance from federal agencies is now available.
This guide from The Infrastructure Security Project provides a framework for governments, service providers, and other involved organizations. The focus is on multihazards, with the goal of sensibly and cost-effectively securing interdependent cyber and physical critical infrastructures. This is a PDF download.
CDC's September 10, 2004 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report features research findings related to the World Trade Center.
Information about and support for the latest version of HURREVAC (HURRicane EVACuation program), software design to track hurricanes and assist with decision making, is available here.
Summary of the Capitol Hill briefings on Hurricans sponsored by the Congressional Hazards Caucus in July 2005.
The news anchor Peter Jennings - a veteran of Middle East reporting - discusses Islam, fundamentalism, and religous violence in this on-line interview from www.Beliefnet.com.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health is now available for free online.
This press release discusses findings from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's World Trade Center (WTC) Investigation. Finds include the leading collapse sequence of each of the towers; details from the analysis of first-person interviews of WTC occupants, first responders, and families of victims; and new information gleaned from the analysis of emergency response and evacuation procedures/actions.
This Heritage Foundation report discusses the role that nongovernmental organizations, private sector initiatives, and individual civic deeds play during exteme emergencies. It is available here in PDF and website format.
This is the website for Louisiana State University's Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes. The site offers a comprehensive source of hurricane-related resources and links.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its Mass Trauma and Preparedness web pages to include a variety of new information.
Located in Oklahoma City, The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge to help prevent terrorism and mitigate its effects. This official website is full of researched data and other pertinent information. Specifically, it includes a "Terrorism Knowledge Base" that provides information on terrorist incidents, related court cases, and listed organizations.
This New York Times article deals with the vast archive of images from the Sept. 11 attack and its aftermath.
This website for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder contains information about Quick Response Grants, including application procedures. These small grants enable researchers from the U.S. to conduct short-term studies immediately following a disaster.
This study from the Sloan Foundation examines the role of disaster preparedness in the workplace. In PDF format.
By: Koenig, Harold G.. Southern Medical Journal, Sep2007, Vol. 100 Issue 9, p955-959, 5p; (AN 26590501) A list of articles related to catastrophe that were published in several journals is presented including "Religious coping by church members and the impact of the 1993 Midwest flood," by B. W. Smith, K. I. Pargament and C. Brant and "Suffering and healing among the survivors of Bhuj earthquake," by K. R. Priya.
The Initiative is a partnership of the National Hurricane Center, the Salvation Army, the National Emergency Management Association, and others. The purpose is to build hurricane knowledge through the use of various media. This is the Initiative's website.
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress is a multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy aims to identify expertise among professionals, across disciplines, and provide meaningful standards for those who work regularly with survivors. The Academy's Traumatic Stress Library and publications provide practical information for survivors of traumatic events and those who care for them.
"Toward a Climate-Friendly Built Environment" and "U.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change Mitigation." Both reports identify a number of policiy options and technologies for greenhouse gas reductions in the U.S. buildings and electricity sectors.
Envoy Worldwide's second annual survey, designed to leverage a group of business continuity professionals and indentify business continuity and disaster recovery practices and trends. Also compares these trends with those uncovered in the May 2004 survey.
The National Weather Service founded the Tsunami Ready program to provide coastal communities with guidelines for hazard awareness, improved planning, and public education to help them survive in the event of a tsunami strike.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a regularly updated index page of printable materials related to hurricanes.
This US Senate hearing looked at research and development to protect America's communities from disaster. A video of the hearing is available (fast forward the video about 16 minutes).
An interactive website with links, articles, and general information about Islam faith and culture.
This is a long-term recovery disaster assistance guide, provided by the New York Council On Adoptable Children.
This website looks at how young children who were living and attending school, in Downtown Manhattan on September 11, worked through their ongoing grief and fears through play, and how one community worked together to build a strong system of support. It is also an example of how educators can work as researchers to better understand the needs of the children they serve.
 
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This report by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials reviews Hurricane Katrina reports from the White House, the House, the U.S. Senate, and the Government Accountability Office to aid in understanding the public health implications of their proposed actions.
A comprehensive fact sheet for hurricane victims who need help accessing assistance from federal agencies is now available.
This report from the Center On Budget And Policy Priorities makes recommendations for the federal government to help meet the housing needs of poor residents displaced by the 2005 hurricanes.
Information about and support for the latest version of HURREVAC (HURRicane EVACuation program), software design to track hurricanes and assist with decision making, is available here.
This document was created by National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to provide guidance to people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and for those who would assist them. Contact information and resources are listed by topic and additional resources are provided in appendices. It consists entirely of publicly available information. It belongs not to its editors, but to the people who have helped us collect it. Please send any information that might be useful to the storm victims we are all trying to serve to ESF-06-Mass-Care@DHS.gov
The Initiative is a partnership of the National Hurricane Center, the Salvation Army, the National Emergency Management Association, and others. The purpose is to build hurricane knowledge through the use of various media. This is the Initiative's website.
The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center's website provides information about the New Orleans area. Since Katrina, it has been providing population and housing estimates, maps, and links to hurricane impact and recovery reports to help inform recovery decisions.