Disaster Research 161

March 7, 1995

This newsletter is reprinted with the full knowledge and consent of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center in Boulder, CO.

Table of contents

  1. Information Request Cadged from Nets
  2. Information Request from Tasmania: Looking for Research on Road Trauma and Families
  3. Information Request from Spain
  4. Information Request from Germany
  5. FEMA Announces E-mail News Service
  6. Looking for Authors to Write on Lessons from Kobe
  7. Help Wanted: Associate and Assistant Professors - Texas A&M
  8. Extension Agent Disaster Handbook Available On-line
  9. UWIN and Watertalk
  10. Disaster Management Courses Available on the Net
  11. Meetings and Training

Information Request Cadged from Nets

[A recently posted request from the Networks in Emergency Management list -nets@hoshi.cic.sfu.ca]

Roberta Stouffer from the National Center for Appropriate Technology hascontacted me about energy needs after a natural disaster. She wants toknow of any and all needs for energy of all types after a disaster becausethey are looking at alternative energy sources such as solar. You cancontact her directly at 406-782-5333 or fax: 406-494-2905 or send ane-mail to me which I will forward to her.

Katie Frohmberg
Earthquake Engineering Research Center

Information Request from Tasmania: Looking for Research on Road Trauma and Families

I am currently developing a research proposal to explore issues forfamilies when a number of family members are injured in a road trauma.My lit search has not been very successful to date. Do you haveinformation on any research that has been undertaken or articlesexploring (a) the issues for family members when they are both the focusof care and attempting to negotiate on behalf of other family members inacute care settings (b) medium to long term effects on families of thistype of trauma?

Yours sincerely
Karen Willis

Information Request from Spain

I am a member of Spanish Red Cross (to sum up coordination of aids andemergencies that occur in Nort of Madrid); the principal function ofthis delegation of Spanish Red Cross in Madrid, is the aids to roadaccidents or traffic accidents, that occur in an area of 50 Kms.

We have ambulance Basic Vital Support and we have formation for workwith this ambulances. But sometimes this formation is insufficient, andthe ambulance with Avanced Vital Support nearly have their bases in thehospitals that are in Madrid.

With a view to make progress the formation of volunteers and members,and make bibliography to consult; please send me to this e-mail: manuel.domingo@uned.es whoever information over courses, books, programs of formation, videotapes, and activitys that to be related with the emergency.

Manuel Domingo Jimenez Campos
Coordinator Aid and Emergency Services
Cruz Roja Espanola Alcobendas/SS.Reyes
Spanish Red Cross Alcobendas/SS.Reyes (Madrid)
Graneros S/N
C.P.: 28700 SS.Reyes - Madrid
E-mail: manuel.domingo@human.uned.es

Information Request from Germany

My name is Iris Rademacher and I am studying mathematics at theUniversity of Karlsruhe. . . . I am writing my dissertation at theInstitut for Civil Engineering. The subject of the dissertation is thedevelopment of a mathematical model for the distribution of resourcesafter an earthquake. This model should be able to distribute the rescueresources (machines, staff, and material) to the best location ofactions. These are:

My mathematical algorithm tries to optimize the allocation of theresources with the aim of rescuing as many people as possible. For aughtI know there is no research about this item in Germany. Do you knowanything about projects, works or existing concepts concerning mysubject?

Yours sincerely,
Iris Rademacher

FEMA Announces E-Mail News Service

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces theavailability of a another new, free FEMA Internet service - automatedInternet delivery of news and information from the agency. The news andinformation Internet distribution list is a service of FEMA's Office ofEmergency Information and Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20472-0001. Theoffice's general Internet e-mail address is eipa@fema.gov.

If you would like to subscribe to FEMA's "news" distribution list, senda message from your Internet e-mail account to "majordomo@fema.gov" withthe command:

subscribe news

If you want to remove yourself from this mailing list, you should sendmail to "majordomo@fema.gov" with the following command in the body ofyour e-mail message:

unsubscribe news

This list, currently identified as the "news" list, will be used todistribute news releases, fact sheets, advisories and major incidentabridged situation reports from the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA).

If you have access to the World Wide Web, FEMA also encourages you tovisit its World Wide Web site at: http://www.fema.gov. Our gopher siteis at www.fema.gov. In addition, FEMA operates a 24-hour fax-on-demandsystem - from any touchtone phone, dial (202) 646-FEMA, or (202)646-3362, and follow the voice instructions provided.

Looking for Authors to Write on Lessons from Kobe

_Disaster Prevention and Management_ - the official refereed academicjournal of the Disaster Prevention and Limitation Unit, University ofBradford, U.K. - is planning a special issue this coming summer on"Learning from Kobe." Papers on all aspects of mitigation, preparedness,and response for natural hazards generally, and earthquakes inparticular, are welcome. Intention to submit articles for this issue andinquiries should be addressed to Prof. H. Granot or Dr. A.Z. Keller,Disaster Prevention and Limitation Unit, University of Bradford, 13Pemberton Drive, Bradford BD7 1DP, U.K.; fax: +44 (0) 274 285211.

Help Wanted Associate and Assistant Professors - Texas A&M

In conjunction with its Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center (HRRC), theCollege of Architecture, Texas A&M University, has announced two facultypositions available fall 1995. The HRRC is a multidisciplinary researchcenter within the College of Architecture that engages in research onboth natural and technological hazard mitigation, preparedness,response, and recovery.

The first position is at the associate professor level. The selectedperson will serve in a leadership role at the HRRC and thus must have anoutstanding record of research in natural and technological hazards anddisasters. She or he must also be able to assist in the teaching missionof the College's Department of Landscape Architecture and UrbanPlanning, the candidate's academic home. Preference will be given toindividuals who can make a significant contribution to the department'sMaster of Urban Planning (MUP) program. The MUP program seeks a facultymember capable of relating knowledge to practice, while teaching coreand emphasis area courses in environmental planning, comprehensive planmaking, plan implementation, and applied planning studies. Althoughcandidates from all hazard research related disciplines are encouragedto apply, preference will be given to those from the above-noted field.Moreover, although currently listed as a "visiting" position, it isstrongly anticipated that this position will be full-time and tenured.Therefore, applications from those seeking full-time appointments arewelcome, and scholars from all hazard research related fields areencouraged to apply. Applicants should send a vita and the names ofthree references to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Dennis E.Wenger, Director, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, College ofArchitecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3137;(409) 845-7813.

The second position with the Department of Landscape Architecture andUrban Planning is that of a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor.As above, candidates must be able to assist in the teaching mission ofthe department and the department's MUP program, and should possessresearch qualifications and interests that would qualify her or him tobe appointed a "Faculty Fellow" with the HRRC. Although candidates fromall hazard research related disciplines are encouraged to apply,preference will be given to those from the urban planning field.Applicants should send a vita and the names of three references to theChair of the Search Committee, Dr. David L. Pugh, MUP ProgramCoordinator, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning,College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX77843-3137; (409) 845-7881.

Texas A&M is an equal opportunity employer.

Extension Agent Disaster Handbook Available On-Line

[Adapted from "CONNEX", e-newsletter of USDA CTDE/CSREES (CooperativeState Research, Education and Extension Service)]

Beth Swedeen, University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) News andInformation Specialist, has announced that UWEX has released itsDisaster Handbook. "As a result of the Midwestern floods of 1993,"Swedeen notes, "UW-Extension created a new Disaster Handbook forExtension Agents, which is available in a notebook of fact sheets withaccompanying disk in WordPerfect, an Adobe Acrobat version available onthe internet through the World Wide Web, in text-only format on theWisconsin gopher."

The handbook includes information on preparing for disaster, clean-upand repair, and rebuilding. Chapters include flood, fire, tornadoes,winter storms, drought and community/family issues, such as finances,community zoning, and stress management.

To order a paper copy and computer disk, send a check for $35 payable toUW-Extension to Beth Swedeen, 202 Hiram Smith Hall, 1545 ObservatoryDrive, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 265-2529; Internet: swedeen@wisplan.uwex.edu. Additional information is available from the same address. Ifyou wish to download the handbook or a specific chapter from the WorldWide Web, the URL is:


UWIN and Watertalk

The Universities Water Information Network (UWIN) was established by theUnited States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Universities Council onWater Resources (UCOWR) to facilitate information disseminationthroughout the water resources community. It seeks to bring water to theinformation superhighway and the superhighway to water professionals. UWIN contains:

There are several ways that you can access UWIN:

Set your communications parameters to (8N1) or (7O1) and for best results, set your software to emulate a vt100, ANSI, or compatible terminal. Phone: 618-453-3324 or 618-453-3090
You can telnet to UWIN and look around but this method is not recommended as it limits your usage of UWIN's menu items. Use the command, telnet gopher.uwin.siu.edu. At the login prompt, log in as "guest" and use "uwin" as the password.
Point your gopher client at gopher.siu.edu.
Many of UWIN's users have expressed a desire for a water resourcesbulletin board system so they could communicate with others interestedin issues related to water. WaterTalk was developed to meet this demand.WaterTalk is a menu option on the UWIN main directory. Thus, accessingWaterTalk is easy once you have followed the above instructions foraccessing UWIN:
At the login prompt, log on as "bbs" and use "uwin" as the password.
At the login prompt, log on as "bbs" and use "uwin" as the password.
At the UWIN main menu directory, choose the WaterTalk menu item to get to the Access WaterTalk option. At the login message prompt, log in as "bbs" and use "uwin" as the password.
4B) WWW:
Choose the WaterTalk hyperlink on the UWIN home page.

WaterTalk is contains a series of boards. The first is called"Information" and contains the policies and procedures of the system aswell as a listing of "Frequently Asked Questions" and their answers. Please read this information to acquaint yourself with WaterTalk. Eachof the water resources related boards is centered around a particulartopic. Presently, there are boards discussing hydrology, GIS,international water issues, education, groundwater quality, and waterpolicy. With WaterTalk, you have the capability to: read messages, postmessages, e-mail other participants, on-line conferencing, and ftpdocuments. You can also forward posted messages back to your own e-mailaddress if you have one.

For more information, contact:
Faye Anderson
4543 Faner Hall
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4526
Fax: (618) 453-2671
e-mail: faye@uwin.siu.edu

Disaster Management Courses Available on the Net

[We've mentioned these before, but then again we have about 500 newreaders since the last posting . . .]

Two basic disaster management courses, "Aim and Scope of DisasterManagement" and "Principles of Management" are available on theInternet. These courses can be used for personal enrichment and/or as anintroduction to the study of disaster management through the Universityof Wisconsin - Extension's Disaster Management Center. The center nowhas twelve print-based courses available, and most are also available inSpanish versions. These courses are part of a structured curriculumleading to a diploma in disaster/emergency management. Writteninformation on the diploma is available on request to UW-DMC, e-mail:dmc@engr.wisc.edu; phone: 608/262-5441; fax: 608/263-3160.

The two DMC courses offered on Internet provide an overview of disastermanagement. Additional UW-DMC courses that will be available on Internetsoon are: Natural Hazards: Causes and Effects; Disaster Preparedness;Damage and Needs Assessment; and Disaster Response. The Spanish versionof Aim and Scope of Disaster Management (Objetivos y alcance del manejode desastres) is also planned for release this year. The courses can betaken for Continuting Education Units (CEUs) (see below). Students willreceive printed course materials as part of the enrollment cost, inaddition to the access to the electronic version of the materials.

Enrollment fee covers course materials and a proctored exam, which isevaluated by university staff. For additional information or to registerfor continuing education credit, contact Judy Faber, Department ofEngineering Professional Development, Correspondence Course Office,University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI53706; e-mail: faber@engr.wisc.edu; fax: 608/263-3160, toll-free phone:800/462-0876; direct phone: 608/262-1735.

The plain text versions of the Aim and Scope of Disaster Management andPrinciples of Management are retrievable by e-mail and Gopher. However,to receive CEUs you must register for the courses. Send e-mail toalmanac@study.engr.wisc.edu, with one of the messages below.

To retrieve a catalog with table of contents and information about theAim and Scope of Disaster Management:

send course aimscope catalog

To retrieve all Aim and Scope lessons:

send course aimscope

To retrieve a catalog with table of contents and information about thePrinciples of Management:

send course principles catalog

To retrieve all Principle of Management lessons:

send course principles

To get help on Almanac commands

send help

Point your Gopher at study.engr.wisc.edu (using default port 70). Lookunder "UW-Engineering Professional Development" for a list of all EPDcourses, including Aim and Scope and Principles of Management.

To access Aim and Scope

To access Principles of Management

To access all courses

For more information, contact:
Judy Faber Phone: 608-262-1735 FAX: 608-263-3160 OR 608-265-2293
Dept. of Engineering Professional Development
Room 315, Correspondence Course Office
University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering
432 N. Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706-1493
E-mail: faber@epd.engr.wisc.edu

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