Disasters

Airline Toll-Free Numbers and Websites
A worldwide list of airlines.


Airliners.net
Site claims to have the largest aviation photo database on the Internet. Search by aircraft name, category, airline and keyword. The site also has aviation statistics and history.


AirSafe.com
Air safety information for air travelers, at least those who plan their trips according to which airlines have the most accidents. Useful for a quick search of the past 10 major airplane accidents in the U.S.


Aviation Airworthiness Alerts
Contains monthly alerts since 1995. Also links to general aviation topics of interest. “This link provides access to some Airworthiness Alerts. These Alerts have been discontinued as of November 2000. This link provides access to the alerts up to October 2000.”


CBS News disaster links
A good set of links from the CBS library on disasters, natural and human.


Chemical Health & Safety Data
Information about more than 2,000 chemicals studied by the National Toxicology Program. View a list of chemicals, or search the entire database. See synonyms, chemical formulae, physical description, volatility, flammability, toxicity, carcinogenicity, labels required, handling procedures, emergency procedures…


Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
Examines chemical accidents in the U.S. Its new Chemical Incident Reports Center gives current information on the Web about incidents worldwide: spills, fires, explosions…


Dart Center for Journalism and trauma
The Dart Center “is a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center also addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism.” Awards fellowships to journalists to study emotional injury, its effects on victims of disaster and violence, and its implications for journalists.


Disaster Finder
A “complete” index to the best disaster Web sites, searchable by keyword or category. From the NASA Solid Earth and Natural Hazards Program.


Disaster Information Network
Directs you to information about recent disaster situations and links to other relevant sites.


Disaster Relief
Timely information on disasters worldwide, from the American Red Cross, CNN and IBM.


FAA Aviation Safety Data
Includes aircraft incident reports, inspection records and industry averages, along with company comparisons.


Hotel & Motel Fire Safety List
Search for hotels and motels that meet the fire and life safety requirments of the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990.


Humane Society of the United States Disaster Center
Tips on protecting animals during disasters.


Journalist’s Guide to Remote Sensing
Satellite maps and images. Includes links to think tanks, weather-related resources, image indexes and maps. From Christopher Simpson and the American University School of Communication.


Landings aircraft databases
A treasure trove of information on aircraft: search for pilots, airplanes by tail number, medical exams, distance between airports, etc.


Living Almanac of Disasters
Fires, earthquakes, crashes through history. Odd…


Local Emergency Planning Committees
Groups that prepare emergency plans under the U.S. Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.


National Earthquake Information Center
Maybe you’d like a heads up whenever an earthquake hits? Well, OK, if it hits in your neighborhood, you won’t need to check your E-mail to know. But for the rest of the world, try the National Earthquake Information Center. Its Bigquake service sends out a message whenever a large earthquake occurs. (Generally that’s a quake of magnitude 5.5 or more.)


Natural Disaster Database
Scientific studies and satellite maps on fires, eruptions, avalanches, tsunami, earthquakes, landslides, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, lahars, drought, typhoons and diseases. Collected by NASA to promote the use of satellite remote sensing.


Natural Disaster Database
Satellite remote sensing for disaster mitigation. Database, bulletin board, research links.


NICAR access to air databases
Databases of FAA actions, NTSB investigations, other public records for sale to journalists from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.


NLM: Chemical Warfare Agents
Authoritative source of information from the National Library of Medicine. Includes descriptions of four types of chemical agents and their effects on human health. Offers extensive collection of links to related information.


NTSB Accident Data
Links to National Transportation Safety Board report briefs from 1983-1995. (Not up to date.) Search by month.


NTSB Accident Synopses
Aviation accidents and incidents investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Search by month from 1983 to the present. Briefly describes the accident and its probable cause.


OSHA Establishment Search
In case of industrial accident in the U.S., stop here first to see inspections and fines at that worksite. Better yet, take a few minutes to get good at this search before the local plant explodes.


OSHA SIC Search
A broader look at workplace inspections, by industry.


Post-Traumatic Stress Database
An index on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health problems related to traumatic events. More than 13,000 references in the database. By the National Center for PTSD. Hosted by Dartmouth College.


Right-to-Know Network
Searchable databases, documents, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development. Environmental databases include the Toxic Release Inventory, Biennial Reporting System and several others. Housing databases include the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and information on mortgage insurance and the secondary market in mortgages.


Rotary International
The service organization, with 28,000 clubs in 158 countries, issues a “Disaster Relief Notice” with pleas for contributions. All notices are posted in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.


Volcano Information Center
Everything about volcanos.


Volcanoes Page
Everything you wanted to know about volcanic activity. Includes a glossary and a worldwide volcanic reference map.


WxUSA US Weather Hub
WxUSA is a weather portal that offers local forecasts and weather maps along with extensive weather links for 1,500 U.S. cities and all 50 states.


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