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How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

Disasters. We never think it will happen to us. But, no one or country is immune.

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Facebook was the new kid on the block. There was no Twitter for news updates, and the iPhone was not yet on the scene. By the time Hurricane Sandy slammed the eastern seaboard last year, social media had become an integral part of disaster response, filling the void in areas where cell phone service was lost while millions of Americans looked to resources including Twitter and Facebook to keep informed, locate loved ones, notify authorities and express support. Gone are the days of one-way communication where only official sources provide bulletins…

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 How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

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Five Most Common Emergencies to Prepare For Now

Do you have any natural disasters or severe weather in your area? Things can get pretty scary when the weather turns. Knowing the types of emergencies that are most common where you live is crucial so you can be prepared before the storms roll in. In fact, it should be one of the first things you find out so you can properly be ready!

The Survival Doctor

There are great blogs for surviving long-term disasters or social upheavals, fantastic spots for lists of medical supplies to keep. There plenty of sites about medical and alternative care, explaining diseases and treatments. My website MyFamilyDoctorMag.com is one. But rare is the blog with information on what to do if you have a medical emergency and can’t get help. This site hopes to do this. It’s combination of science, improvisational medicine, and Grandma’s home remedies.

Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally.

Disaster Recovery Journal

Every issue, Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) delivers how-to, in depth knowledge into business continuity planning more than any other business publication.

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

The principal mission of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) is the distribution of information relevant to the practice of out-of-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical care, disaster medicine, and public health and safety.

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparation is a important topic to us here at SDTrucksprings.com and we put together this yearly calendar to give you a month-month breakdown as to what natural disasters can occur in what months, and how to prep for them!

World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine

The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) is a non-operational, non-governmental, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is the global improvement of prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.


American College of Emergency Physicians section on disaster medicine with multiple links and resources.

American Journal of Disaster Medicine

The journal has one goal: to provide physicians and medical professionals the essential informational tools they need as they seek to combine emergency medical and trauma skills with crisis management and new forms of triage.

Family Disaster Plan

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off?


We support countries and partners to prepare for and respond to food and agricultural threats and emergencies.


Helping people before, during, and after disasters.


At InSTEDD we design and use open source technology tools to help partners enhance collaboration and improve information flow to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations.

Medecins Sans Frontieres

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries.


The UN and its humanitarian partners are currently responding to severe, large-scale humanitarian crises.

Search Dog Foundation

The mission of the Search Dog Foundation is to produce the most highly trained canine disaster search teams in the nation. The job of these teams is to find people buried alive in the wreckage of natural disasters and terrorist attacks.


The international community is faced with increasingly complex humanitarian crises which place children and women at significant risk. On average, UNICEF responds to more than two hundred emergencies every year, informing and shaping these interventions as a global leader for children.


Emergencies and natural disasters can cause anything from mild to devastating damage. There are many simple steps you can take to be prepared and able to respond to a natural disaster or emergency.


This page provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programmes and offices working on this topic.

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