International Disaster Resources

  • Click on a link in the table below to be redirected to the respective site.   For your convenience, each of the links below will open in a new browser window.  Listed in the far right hand column of the first table are links to a few disaster related pages within each respective site.  Scroll down below for a list of International Disaster News sites.


The 2020 Vision of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

Disaster Management

The BC Emergency Management Branch is a division of the British Columbia Ministry of Health that exists to ensure that the provincial health system is capable of planning for, responding to and recovering from the impacts of extreme events, whether natural, accidental or intentional in nature.

Personal Preparedness

Professional Preparedness

Disaster Psychosocial Services

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a stand-by fund established by the United Nations to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.  CERF is a tool created by the United Nations to pre-position funding for humanitarian action.

CERF Projects around the World 2008

The Center for International Disaster Information provides information and guidance in support of appropriate international disaster relief.

Situation Reports

Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) promotes research, training, and information dissemination on disasters, with a special focus on public health, epidemiology, structural and socio-economic aspects. It aims to enhance the effectiveness of developing countries' disaster management capabilities as well as fostering policy-oriented research.

MICRODIS project

Emergency Events Database

Bibliography Database

Complex Emergency Database

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response.  The center reduces illness and death from infectious diseases by effecting change through public policy refinement, fostering the adoption of science-based best practices in public health among professionals and the public, and conducting original interdisciplinary research.

At-Risk Populations Project

Promising Practices: Pandemic Preparedness Tools

CIDRAP Business Source

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre.


Current Disaster Events

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).  Among the GFDRR’s missions is to mainstream disaster reduction and climate change adaptation in country development strategies, such as poverty reduction strategies, country assistance strategies, United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks, and National Adaptation Plans of Action, to reduce vulnerabilities to natural hazards.

About the GFDRR

Approved Projects

Working with the GFDRR

Hospitals Safe from Disasters: Reduce Risk, Protect Health Facilities, Save Lives:  From 2008-2009 the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery of the World Bank, will partner with governments, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organisations and individuals worldwide, to raise awareness about why and how to redouble efforts to protect health facilities and ensure they can function during and in the aftermath of disasters.

World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009


Good Practices

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.  The Federation carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The Federation's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.

Disaster Management



The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean.  (This site is available in both English and Spanish.)

Informative Minikits

Educational Corner

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters.

Disaster Statistics (1991-2005) 

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Country Information

Events Calendar

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)'s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to: alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies, advocate for the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention, and facilitate sustainable solutions.

OCHA Around the World

United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination System

Environment Standby Experts

Civil-Military Coordination Section

International Search and Rescue Advisory Group

Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.

PAHO Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance

Health Library for Disasters (PAHO/WHO)

Disaster Preparedness & Mitigation in the Americas Newsletter

United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination.

Emergency Response

Domestic Disaster Response

International Disaster Response

Ongoing Responses

World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Health Library for Disasters (PAHO/WHO)

WHO Disaster Resources

WHO Emergencies Resources


Action by Churches (ACT) International is a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization.  View the Federation's Latest News and Press Releases pages.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)  is part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).  IRIN's principal role is to provide news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia for the humanitarian community.  The networks target decision-makers in relief agencies, host and donor governments, human-rights organizations, humanitarian advocacy groups, academic institutions and the media. At the same time, IRIN strives to ensure that affected communities can also access reliable information, so they can take informed decisions about their future.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)'s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors.  Visit OCHA's News Centre.

ReliefWeb is the world’s leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, it provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of "forgotten emergencies" at the same time.

Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian news network based around a popular website. It aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe.