Disaster Research 204

September 4, 1996

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

Table of contents

  1. Looking for Information on Emergency Preparedness Programs at High Schools
  2. Looking for Information on Hospital Disaster Plans
  3. Looking for Data/Information to Support Emergency Planning for Business Workshop
  4. Looking for Training Information on Emergency Communication
  5. Another Information Request from Peter and Nets on Power Requirements for Emergency Telecommunications
  6. Introducing the NTFER
  7. Web Stuff
  8. Help Wanted: PVO Coordinator
  9. UN HI-Net and the IDNDR
  10. SCEC Seeks Fellows/Visitors
  11. Promoting Disasters
  12. U.N. Conference On-line - Seeks Papers
  13. Conferences and Training

Looking for Information on Emergency Preparedness Programs at High Schools

As a parent I was closely involved with setting up an EmergencyPreparedness Program at the elementary school my daughters attended.Now that both have moved up in the grades I am involved with the newlyestablished Emergency Preparedness Committee at the high school(Grades 8-12). The problems we face here are quite different fromthose at the elementary level and most references in the literaturerefer to the lower grades. I have not found any reports specificallyreferring to high schools. I would therefore like to hear from peoplethat have experience with, or knowledge of, emergency preparednessprograms involving high school students.

We live in an area with a relatively high risk for earthquakes(Pacific Northwest) but nothing major has happened here for a longtime and the general attitude here seems to be that nothing ever will.However, we have the full support of the school administration inpreparing the school for a major disaster, but we still face manyproblems, e.g.:

If anybody has references, ideas, experiences, and/or contacts -please let me know. Any information would be very useful.

Ernst Stjernberg
885 Eden Cres.
Delta, British Columbia
Canada V4L 1W6
Tel: (H) (604) 943-5863; (B) (604) 228-1555
Fax: (604) 228-0999; e-mail:

Looking for Information on Hospital Disaster Plans

Dear ladies and Gentlemen:
I am an emergency physician who directs an emergency department in acounty hospital. I am working on my "disaster plan for the hospital."Any assistance would be appreciated, especially in regard totornadoes.

Samuel Richardson, MD

Looking for Data/Information to Support Emergency Planning for Business Workshop

We at the American Red Cross in Westchester County, NY, are refining asmall- to mid-size emergency planning and business contingencyworkshop as part of our Community Disaster Education Program. We arestill seeking sources who might be able to supply concrete data on thepositive effects that business emergency and contingency planning hason small- to mid-size businesses - particularly actual case histories,if possible, of firms who suffer a major emergency, but due to theirplanning remain a viable business. We in the Red Cross will respectall proprietary information and confidences. If you have sources wecan follow up on please advise. Thank you.

Peter T. Cann, D.Sc., P.E.
Director Emergency Services
Community Disaster Educator
American Red Cross in Westchester County
106 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603-3797
Tel: 914-946-6500, ext. 300
Fax: 914-684-6051

Looking for Training Information on Emergency Communication

[Forwarded by Peter S. Anderson (e-mail: anderson@sfu.ca) to theNetworks in Emergency Management (Nets) e-mail list - nets@hoshi.cic.sfu.ca, and thence here . . . ]

I am working at ETRI (Electronic and Telecommunication ResearchInstitute) sponsored by Korean government. I am participating inproject for network survivability research topic for preparing naturalhazard and calamity. If you have known any training program related inemergency communication, please let me know.

Sincerely yours.
Weon Soon Kim
Information Infrastructure Network Section

Power Requirements for Emergency Telecommunications

I'm organizing a workshop in October on Power Requirements forEmergency Telecommunications and Information Systems. The purpose ofthe workshop is to help organizations anticipate and forecastemergency power needs.

I would appreciate any information you folks can provide on suitablereference guides, manuals, and other literature, as well as lessonslearned through practical experience.

Peter Anderson

Introducing the NTFER

[Adapted from the August 1996 "NEMA News"]

The National Task Force on Emergency Response was formed in early 1995by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Getty ConservationInstitute, and the National Institute for the Conservation of CulturalProperty (NIC). It is now a partnership of 25 government agencies andnational service organizations whose members are committed toproviding coordinated, expert assistance to cultural institutions andthe public in times of disaster.

The work of the task force has included developing model stateagreements for the coordination of efforts following disaster tomanage the recovery and restoration of damaged historic sites andproperties. Other ongoing projects include development of a disasterresponse training manual for cultural institutions; preparation forFEMA of a Federal Mission Assignment Roster of conservation andpreservation specialists; distribution of a Hurricane InformationPacket to museums, libraries, and archives; and a series of publicservice announcements for homeowners disseminated through FEMA mediaoutlets.

For more information, contact Jane Long, National Task Force onEmergency Response, c/o NIC, 3299 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC20007.

Web Stuff

The Center for Counter-Conditioning Therapy Home Page includes acollection of papers on various aspects of disaster stress. Oncethere, click on "Non-Cognitive Trauma Programs" and you'll find fourof the 33 papers that address different issues. The center intends torotate the papers periodically.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) now offers aWeb site that contains copious information for fire departments -including much about disaster response.

If you're concerned about chemical emergencies, start here - thehome page of EPA's Chemical Emergency Preparedness and PreventionOffice (CEPPO). There's not only a lot of information available, butalso *myriad* dendritic connections to other sites with chemicalemergency information.

Help Wanted: PVO Coordinator

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S.Agency for International Development is recruiting for the position ofPVO (Private Voluntary Organization) Coordinator. This is a one yearpersonal services contract with possible one year renewal. Thisposition is considered to be equivalent to the GS 12 level. Startingdate is September 1996. As PVO Coordinator, the contractor will workto strengthen relationships with the private voluntary, non-governmental and international organizations. This position iscritical to OFDA not only because of the importance of good day-to-dayrelationships with these organizations, through which most of the U.S.government disaster assistance is channeled, but because of thegreater coordination role being played by the U.S. with the donorcountries and these organizations.Duties Include but are not limited to:

Qualifications: Bachelors degree plus three years experience workingwith PVO/NGOs and international organizations at disaster responselocations is required. Comprehensive understanding of US andinternational PVO/NGOs and international organizations. In-depthunderstanding of USG response to disasters and the partnership withinternational organizations during an emergency situation. Ability toget a Security Clearance. Wordperfect for Windows, familiarity withLotus, strong organizational skills, ability to communicateeffectively orally and in writing.

Closing date: Sept. 16, 1996. Send resume/SF 171 to:
Lois McDuffee
Room 1262 A NS
Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20521-0008
fax: 202-647-5269

UN HI-Net and the IDNDR

Recognizing that to effectively decrease disaster damage and losses,it is necessary for disaster prevention officials and researchers toshare their experiences and cooperate, in 1995, as part of itscontribution to the United Nations International Decade for NaturalDisaster Reduction, the United Nations Centre for Regional Developmentin Nagoya, Japan, began creating the United Nations Human InformationNetwork for Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific (or, simply,UN Hi-Net). Presently there are more than 1,100 registered members ofthis network centered around Asia.

The organizers have recently published a membership directory and thefirst issue of a UN Hi-Net newsletter - "CONNECTions" - thatdescribes various research and activities around the Pacific to reducedisaster impacts.

To obtain copies of these publications or more information about UNHi-Net, contact the United Nations Human Information Database (UNHi-Net), Disaster Management Group, United Nations Centre for RegionalDevelopment, Nagono 1-47-1, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450, Japan; tel: (+81-52) 561-93-77; fax: (+81-52) 561-93-75; e-mail: unhinet@uncrd.or.jp;WWW: http://www.uncrd.or.jp/

SCEC Seeks Fellows/Visitors

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is solicitingapplications for its 1996-1998 Post-Doctoral Fellowship/VisitorsProgram. SCEC, a consortium of California universities and the USGS,pursues research in earthquake hazard estimation. Through its post-doctoral fellow/visitors program, the center seeks to bring scientiststo the SCEC institutions to collaborate on research. Applications aredue September 15. For details, contact John McRaney, SCEC, Universityof Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0742; (213) 740-5842;fax: (213) 740-0011; e-mail: mcraney@coda.usc.edu.

Promoting Disasters

[Received the following note from KTAYLOR@BlackwellPublishers.co.uk]

We have a journal which may be of interest to subscribers to thislist: "Disasters" - published on behalf of the Overseas DevelopmentInstitute.

"Disasters" brings together research on disasters, vulnerability andrelief, and emergency management. From natural hazards through tocomplex, conflict-related emergencies, the journal aims to improveboth the practice of disaster relief and our understanding of theenvironmental, social and political factors that make peoplevulnerable to disasters in the first place. "Disasters" also includesbook reviews and a conference report. If you would like furtherinformation on subscribing to "Disasters," or if you are interested inpurchasing a single issue, please send me a reply e-mail. Furtherinformation is also available by logging on to Blackwell PublishersWeb-site at: www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk

U.N. Conference On-line - Seeks Papers

The United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster ReductionInternet Conference on "Solutions for Cities at Risk" is now underway(see the previous issue of "Disaster Research").

The conference URL is: http://www.quipu.net/risk/

Individuals without Web access can also receive papers and commentsvia e-mail by subscribing to the e-mail list: risk@thecity.sfsu.edu.
To subscribe, send an e-mail message to:
In your message, write:
subscribe risk [your-first-name your-last-name]

In the meantime, the organizers still seek papers for some sessions.In particular, in early October, a week will be devoted to "The Roleof Universities" and some recipients of DR may feel qualified toaddress that topic in relation to mitigation of urban hazards. Personsinterested in contributing to that session (or any of the otherslisted in the conference program) should contact the conferenceorganizer, Natalie Domeisen at the IDNDR Office in Geneva - e-mail: Natalie.Domeisen@DHA.UNICC.ORG.

Upcoming Conferences and Training

These are the latest conference announcements we've received. Mostprevious issues of DR contain additional notices. For a *comprehensive* list of upcoming disaster-related meetings and training, seeour World Wide Web page:


Eighth International Disaster Recovery Symposium and Exhibition.Atlanta, Georgia: September 9-11, 1996. Contact: Mercedes Knese, c/oDisaster Recovery Journal, P.O. Box 510110, St. Louis, MO 63151-0110;(314) 894-0276; WWW: www.drj.com.

U.S.-Japan Earthquake Policy Symposium. Washington, D.C.: September16-18, 1996. The purpose of the symposium, the first of two called forunder an agreement between the President of the United States and thePrime Minister of Japan under the Common Agenda in Global Perspective,is to bring together about one hundred policy-level officials andtechnical specialists from the United States and Japan to identifyearthquake policies and policy issues in both countries and to seekagreement on cooperative projects to resolve these issues. For moreinformation, contact Walt Hays, U.S. Geological Survey, 955 NationalCenter, Reston, VA 22092; (703) 648-6711; fax: (703) 648-6747; e-mail: whays@usgs.gov; or, whays10211@aol.com.

National Mutual Aid Conference: "Mutual Aid - A Resource for Today andTomorrow." Sponsor: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).Fairfax, Virginia: September 20-21, 1996. Contact: IAFC, IEMS Program-National Mutual Aid Conference, 4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA22033-2868; (703) 273-0911; fax: (703) 273-9363.

Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Media Workshop:"Earthquakes and the Media." Los Angeles, California: October 4, 1996.Contact: Jill Andrews, Southern California Earthquake Center,University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0742; (213)740-1560; fax: (213) 740-0011; e-mail: jandrews@coda.usc.edu.

Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies - "Study '96" AnnualLecture and Study. Emergency Planning College, Easingwold, York, U.K.:October 4-6, 1996. Contact Norman Powell, FICD, 2 Ronaldsway, Rhyl,Clwyd, LL18 2LB, U.K.; tel: +44 (0) 1244 351161, +44 (0) 1745 338656;fax: +44 (0) 1244 351172.

Colorado Emergency Management Conference. Sponsors: Colorado EmergencyManagement Association (CEMA) and others. Breckenridge, Colorado:October 8-11, 1996. Contact: CEMA, P.O. Box 1422, Ft. Morgan, CO80701; or, Colorado Office of Emergency Management, 15075 South GoldenRoad, Golden, CO 80401-3979.

Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting. Palm Springs,California: October 12-14, 1996. Contact: Southern CaliforniaEarthquake Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA90089-0742; (213) 740-5843; fax: (213) 740-0011.

Bjvrgun96 - Search and Rescue Conference and Exhibition. Reykjavik,Iceland: October 18-20, 1996. Contact: Kristjan H. Birgisson; e-mail: khb@landsbjorg.is; or, khb@vortex.is.

NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Earthquake Risk Management Strategiesfor Post-Soviet Central Asian Republics. Organizers: GeoHazardsInternational, Russian Academy of Sciences, Applied TechnologyCouncil, Kazakh Institute of Earthquake Engineering, and the U.S.Geological Survey. Almaty, Kazakhstan: October 22-25, 1996. Contact:Brian Tucker, GeoHazards International, Box 7316, Stanford, CA 94309;e-mail: tucker@pangea.stanford.edu; or Vitaly Khalturin, e-mail: vkhalturin@synapse.ru.

Workshop to Explore the Feasibility of Seismic Microzonation in theCity of Los Angeles. Sponsors: City of Los Angeles and SouthernCalifornia Earthquake Center. Los Angeles, California: October 30-31,1996. Contact: Jill Andrews, Southern California Earthquake Center,University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0742; (213)740-1560; fax: (213) 740-0011; e-mail: jandrews@coda.usc.edu.

Business Recovery Managers Symposium. Offered by: MIS TrainingInstitute. San Diego, California: November 5-7, 1996. Contact: MISTraining Institute, 498 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702-2357;(508) 879-7999; fax: (508) 872-1153; e-mail: mis@misti.ccmail.compuserve.com; WWW: www.misti.com.

Seismic Hazards in the Las Vegas Region: Working Towards anUnderstanding. Sponsors: Nevada Earthquake Safety Council and others.Las Vegas, Nevada: November 14-16, 1996. Contact: Jim Werle, c/oConverse Consultants SW, 731 Pilot Road, Suite H, Las Vegas, NV 89119;(702) 269-8336; fax: (702) 269-8353; e-mail converse@enet.net.

Design of Bridges for Extreme Events. Sponsor: Federal HighwayAdministration: Atlanta, Georgia: December 3-6, 1996. Contact:Operator 551, Technautics, Inc., 4900 Seminary Road, Suite 1000,Alexandria, VA 22311; (703) 671-5200; fax: (703) 671-8699; e-mail: www.technautics.com/conferences/atlanta.html.

Eigth Annual Corporate Contingency Planning Conference and Exhibition.San Diego, California: March 10-12, 1997. Contact: Mercedes Knese, c/oDisaster Recovery Journal, P.O. Box 510110, St. Louis, MO 63151-0110;(314) 894-0276; WWW: http://www.drj.com.

Ninth International Disaster Recovery Symposium and Exhibition. Atlanta, Georgia: September 15-17, 1997. Contact: Mercedes Knese, c/oDisaster Recovery Journal, P.O. Box 510110, St. Louis, MO 63151-0110;(314) 894-0276; WWW: www.drj.com.

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