General Disaster Preparedness Resources

Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities
National Council on Disability
514 pages
August 12, 2009

In this report, NCD offers information and advice to assist all levels of government in its work to establish evidence-based policies, programs, and practices across the life cycle of disasters. This report provides examples of effective community efforts with respect to people with disabilities, and evaluates many emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and homeland security program efforts deployed by both public and private sectors.

Building a Disaster Resistant University
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
June, 2003

Accessible online, this report is a how-to guide and a distillation of the experiences of six universities and colleges that have been working to become more disaster-resistant. Provides basic information designed for institutions just getting started, as well as concrete ideas, suggestions, and practical experiences for institutions that have already begun to take steps to becoming more disaster-resistant. Available at no charge from the FEMA Publications Warehouse. Call 1-800-480-2520 and request FEMA 443. Also downloadable from the FEMA Information Resource Library.

Disaster Planning, Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity
Non-profit Coordinating Committee of New York

Accessible online document from the Non-profit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCCNY) that offers guidelines on the points an organization needs to think about in order to prepare its own disaster recovery plan.

Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies
World Health Organization

Released by the World Health Organization’s Department of Gender, Women and Health, this document is the result of a 2006 Expert Consultation on Ethical, Safety and Methodological Issues in Researching, Monitoring and Documenting Sexual Vio¬lence in Emergencies. It addresses the unique set of challenges when collecting and using information about sexual violence and provides much needed guidance in the area of ethical and safety guidelines specific to collection of information about sexual violence in emergencies.

Gender and Disaster Network
An educational project on gender relations in disaster contexts that utilizes the Internet in the support of a global network of researchers and practitioners concerned with documenting and analyzing women's and men's experiences before, during, and after disaster; situating gender relations in broad political, economic, historical, and cultural context; working across disciplinary and organizational boundaries in support of collaborative research and applied projects; fostering information sharing and resource building among network members; and building and sustaining an active international community of scholars and activists.

Gender-based Violence Tools Manual for Assessment & Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation in Conflict-affected Settings
Reproductive Health Response in Conflict, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
November, 2003

This manual provides guidelines for assessing, monitoring, and evaluating gender-based violence programs in conflict-torn areas.

Gender Considerations in Disaster Assessment
World Health Organization, Department of Gender, Women and Health
January 2005

A one-page fact sheet about women’s unique vulnerabilities in the wake of a disaster; published by the World Health Organization’s Department of Gender, Women and Health in Geneva, Switzerland.

Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies
Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Taskforce on Gender in Humanitarian Assistance
September, 2005

The Taskforce on Gender in Humanitarian Assistance of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee produced this set of guidelines to meet the need for a participatory approach to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and to establish a multi-sectored coordinated approach to gender-based violence programming in emergency settings throughout the world.

Improving Women's Health in Emergency Settings: WHO's commitment
World Health Organization
September 2004

This document was written to describe the work in progress being conducted by the World Health Organization of the United Nations to improve women's health in crisis situations.

Integrating Gender Into Emergency Responses
The BRIDGE Institute of Development Studies

The BRIDGE Institute of Development Studies in Brighton in the United Kingdom produced this paper that discusses how gender-related constraints in emergency situations can be overcome. It also offers suggestions for redress of inequalities between men and women in disasters.

It Can Happen to Your Agency!: Tools for Change: Emergency Management for Women’s Services
B.C. Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling
January, 2001

This guidebook focuses on the increased violence toward women that results from a disaster, and how women’s service agencies can better prepare to meet the ensuing extra demand for service.

Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence in Disaster & Emergency Situations: A Guide for Local and Community-based Organizations
End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)

This document published by the international organization End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) examines the vulnerabilities of children to sexual exploitation and violence in disaster situations and offers preventative programming for community-based organizations.

Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide, 2nd Edition
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Center for PTSD

Produced by the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, this document is designed as a modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning.

Standing Together: An Emergency Planning Guide for America’s Communities
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

This guide put together by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations outlines 13 essential components of a community-based emergency management planning process and provides multiple planning strategies addressing each component.