Disaster Research 221

April 30, 1997

Table of contents

  1. Seeking Information on Health Care in Disaster Management (Especially in Latin America)
  2. Seeking Information on Nonstructural Flood Control Planning
  3. Seeking Information on Fire Following Earthquakes, Disaster Response Contracts, and the Orange County Disaster Medical Response Program
  4. Seeking Information on Radiological Materials Transportation
  5. CSEM Offers On-Line Masters Program
  6. QC Offers Undergraduate EM Program
  7. EMI Seeks ICS Curricula
  8. FEMA Establishes Liaison with Insurance Industry
  9. On the Web
  10. World Telecommunications Day to Focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Telecommunications
  11. NSF Info Moves to the Web
  12. Upcoming on EENET
  13. Conferences and Training

Seeking Information on Health Care in Disaster Management (Especially in Latin America)


I am a graduate student and full-time employee at the University of Kentucky and will be doing an independent study this summer concerning health care policy/delivery related to disaster management. I have an interest in working in this aspect of health care management in Latin America once I finish the masters program (1999).

I am looking for sources of information on health care planning in the event of disasters. I would also be interested in contacting any individuals currently working in this area, both in the United States and South America (most especially in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia).

Thank you,
Pat Trotter, Coordinator
Outreach Center for Science and Health Career Opportunities
Medical Center Annex 5
Lexington, KY 40536-0078
(606) 257-2445
(606) 257-1925

Seeking Information on Nonstructural Flood Control Planning

I am a graduate student in the Masters of Environmental Planning program in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Arizona State University and am currently contemplating water management policies for flood control as my thesis topic.

On October 12, 1997, President Clinton signed the Water Resources Development Act, containing new legislation that urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider nonstructural flood control programs and projects. Some options include watershed management, wetland restoration, elevation, and relocation.

In order for the Corps to pursue evaluation and development of nonstructural control efforts, any local flood protection or damage reduction project must comply with federal floodplain management and flood control insurance programs. To work within the federal legislation, a review must be conducted to determine how flood control measures create impediments for nonstructural alternatives and to determine needed revisions in current water management policies.

My goal in developing this thesis topic is to update land-use planning procedures to ensure that urban growth occurs in locations and within design parameters that reduce vulnerability to water-related natural disasters. I would be interested in hearing from anyone with expertise in this area and/or anyone knowing of specific papers or monographs that I should consult.

Thanks for your help,
Maria Angelica Deeb

Seeking Information on Fire Following Earthquakes, Disaster Response Contracts, and the Orange County Disaster Medical Response Program

My name is Uwe Rickers and I am working as a civil engineer at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in the field of disaster management after earthquakes. I am searching for information about models for the estimation or simulation of fires following earthquakes. Who could tell me some relevant literature or descriptions concerning such models, please?

Further I am searching for publications about contracts between disaster management associations (or governmental offices) and construction companies concerning the use of machinery and equipment in the case of disasters, for example earthquakes. Could anyone give me some references, please?

Finally, I am searching for information or publications about the Disaster Medical Response Program (DMR) of Orange County, Los Angeles.

Thank you very much for your kind help in advance, Uwe

Uwe Rickers
University of Karlsruhe
Institut fuer Maschinenwesen im Baubetrieb
Am Fasanengarten
D-76128 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0049 721 6083885
Fax: 0049 721 608695245

Seeking Information on Radiological Materials Transportation

I am doing research on the current level of state, county, and local emergency responder readiness for a Hazard Class 7, Radiological Materials response. I'd be interested in knowing if any departments or agencies have accomplished Job Task Analysis studies; developed training modules or equipment lists; identified any technical standards for radiological materials training or equipment; as well as the extent radioactive materials are addressed in pre-incident plans.

Michael R. Zanotti, CEM

CSEM Offers On-Line Masters Program

An accredited Master of Science in Management, concentrating in crisis and emergency management, is now available on-line. The Center for the Study of Emergency Management (CSEM) in San Luis Obispo, California, (formerly Pacific Emergency Management Center) administers this program, in cooperation with the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), the National Interagency Counterdrug Institute (NICI) and Hope International University (formerly Pacific Christian College). Some courses require attendance at one-week seminars in San Luis Obispo. The degree program (and certificates in Emergency Management and Crisis Communications) are open to anyone internationally with e-mail capability. The degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as part of Hope's international development program. More information is available from http://www.simeon.org/msm.html or contact:
Dr. Wes Balda
Center for the Study of Emergency Management
1241 Johnson Avenue, Dept. 160
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 782-6787
Fax: (805) 782-6730
E-mail: wbalda@simeon.org

QC Offers Undergraduate EM Program

Quincy College, Quincy, Massachusetts, recently developed a program in emergency management that has now been approved by its college curriculum committee. The school will begin accepting students into the program in September 1997. The program will lead to an Associate of Science Degree with a concentration in Emergency Management, and will include courses in fire science and emergency medical service. For more information on this new academic program, contact David T. Williams, Quincy College, 34 Coddington Street, Quincy, MA 02169; (617) 984-1600.

EMI Seeks ICS Curricula

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Institute (FEMA/EMI), in cooperation with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), is developing additional courses for the EMI Incident Command System (ICS) curriculum.

With more and more state and local agencies adopting ICS as a standard, there is a growing need for training in the system. Because several state and local agencies have already developed ICS courses, EMI and NEMA are asking those agencies to send copies of their non- copyrighted ICS training materials to EMI to aid the development of additional courses.

Anyone with materials they are willing to share, should send them to the EMI ICS course manager: Stephen M. Borth, National Emergency Training Center, Emergency Management Institute, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. If you have questions about the ICS curriculum or this project, please contact Mr. Borth at (301) 447- 1249, or e-mail: steve.borth@fema.gov.

FEMA Establishes Liaison with Insurance Industry

[Adapted from the Insurance Institute for Property Loss Reduction (IIPLR) "Update" newsletter]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated the Insurance Institute for Property Loss Reduction as its liaison with the insurance industry on emergency management issues. Harvey Ryland, president and chief executive officer of IIPLR, stated that initial areas of cooperation include: providing insurance experts at FEMA Disaster Field Offices and Recovery Centers after disasters strike; training insurance representatives to make disaster victims aware of FEMA's individual assistance programs for disaster victims; sharing disaster information and loss estimates; establishing procedures for "Insurance Rapid Response Teams" to have faster access to disaster areas; cooperating with FEMA's "Disaster Resistant Community Program"; and supporting FEMA's "Mitigation Town Hall Meetings." For more information about this cooperative effort, contact: IIPLR, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108-3910; (617) 722-0200: fax: (617) 722-0202.

On the Web

[These are some of the more interesting hazard/disaster Web sites we've encountered lately. An extensive list of recommended sites is included on the Hazard Center site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards.]

We've mentioned the excellent Firewise Web site before, but with the onset of summer and fire season, we wanted to point out this section of that site, which includes several on-line publications, such as "Protecting Your Home from Wildfires," "Firewise Landscaping Checklist," and the "Wildfire News & Notes" newsletter.

The National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) Web site continues to grow with new features to aid the earthquake engineering and hazards mitigation community. The main menu now features background information on NCEER; a guide to services and products available from the NCEER Information Service, including an interactive connection to NCEER's Quakeline database; a list of NCEER publications and technical reports with ordering information; numerous full-text documents, including NCEER newsletters; a comprehensive list of upcoming conferences; a guide to other data bases, software, and information sources that support earthquake engineering; and links to other useful Web sites.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC) gopher service (one of the pioneering efforts in the use of the Internet to disseminate hazards information) has been shut down and the information has been moved to the EERC Web site above. Now included on that home page are links to all EERC data bases searchable on the web:

There is also a new section called "Lessons from Loma Prieta," which includes papers on the important engineering effects of the Loma Prieta earthquake, selected images, and the Loma Prieta data archive.

This Emergency Services Registry and Search Site is intended to help anyone locate people and resources in the emergency services community. The developers encourage persons or agencies involved in emergency services to visit the site and register their names, departments, or organizations. The site's search component will enable users to search the data base as it grows.

World Telecommunications Day to Focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Telecommunications

On the occasion of World Telecommunication Day (WTD), an annual event of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and under the 1997 theme "Telecommunication and Humanitarian Assistance," a temporary "Emergency Telecommunications Center" will be operating at the "Place des Nations" in Geneva, May 17-22, 1997.

This center will provide an opportunity to compare a very wide variety of telecommunications equipment, communication modes, networks, and services. There will be operating positions using different HF radio data modes (Sitor, Pactor Level 1 and 2, Clover etc. with e-mail/internet interfaces), all types of Inmarsat satellite links (voice, fax, data, telex, standard A,B,C,M and the new mini-M), VHF (voice and data, repeaters), amateur radio (all modes, callsign 4U1ITU), Internet (including ReliefWeb and other humanitarian information systems), and video links with other locations. In addition, information on future systems such as Iridium will be provided.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for emergency managers to see and actually use all the tools available for emergency telecommunications, in one place and with live links to other events and to the field. On May 20-21 there will also be a meeting of the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET).

For further information please contact the secretariat of the WGET at the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; e-mail: goli.farrell@itu.int; tel: +41 22 917-1455; fax +41 22 917-0023 - or - e-mail: hans.zimmermann@itu.ch.

The Web site for World Telecommunication Day 1997 is: http://www.itu.int/PPI/wtd and http://www.fema.gov/itu-wtd97/en

NSF Info Moves to the Web

[Adapted from a recent bulletin from the National Science Foundation (NSF)]

As many of you know, NSF is migrating to a completely Web-based information dissemination system. We anticipate that we will retire the STIS system, including the mailing lists, in the summer of this year. We have created a Web-based system, called "Custom News Service" that provides similar functions. If you have access to a Web browser, you'll want to move to this service soon. The new service provides the following features:

* Weekly summary of all new documents on the NSF Web site. If you select this option, you'll get a weekly e-mail with a list of URLs for new documents. If your e-mail software allows, you can simply click on the URLs for immediate access to the documents.

* Immediate notification when new documents are added. You can fill out a "profile" of the type of documents you are interested in, and the system will send you e-mail when a document is added that matches your profile.

In addition, a system we call "OnLine Documents" provides Web access to the same documents that exist on STIS, but with a more flexible and easier-to-use access mechanism.

Please try out the Custom News Service. Its URL is: http://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm

When you fill out your profile, under "Notification", select "Send me email". Under "Document Types" check "NSF Bulletin" (it's under the heading "Newsletters/Journals"). Then, when the new Bulletin is added to the Web site, you'll get an e-mail notifying you. The message will *not* contain the ASCII text of the Bulletin. Instead, it will contain a URL to the Bulletin on our web server. If your e-mail system allows it, you can click on the URL to immediately access the Bulletin in HTML. If you can't click URLs in your e-mail system, you can probably cut and paste the URL into your web browser.

If you have questions, please write to webmaster@nsf.gov, or call the NSF Information Center at 703-306-1234.

Upcoming on EENET

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Education Network recently released the following schedule of upcoming broadcasts:

Date/Time [Eastern Time]                  Title
------------------------                  -----

May 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m.        Establishing a Family Assistance
                             Center Following a Mass Fatality

June 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.       Pipeline Risk Management Demonstration
                             Project - Electronic Town Meeting

July 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m.      Critical Incident Stress: Providing
                             Support for Emergency Services Personnel

July 31, 1:00-4:00 p.m.      Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
                             Training Workshop

August 7, 1:00-4:30 p.m.     Consequences of Terrorism: Emergency
                             Response to Chemical Agents -
                             Medical Staff

September 11, 1:00-4:30 p.m. Consequences of Terrorism: Emergency
                             Response to Biological Agents -
                             Medical Staff

October 2, 1:00-5:00 p.m.     Emergency Response to Terrorist

These broadcasts are in addition to regularly scheduled "National Alert" broadcasts that occur on the third Wednesday of each month, 2:00-3:30 p.m. [see Disaster Research #217]. For more information (including satellite broadcast specifics), or to be placed on the EENET mailing list, call 1-800-527-4893, or (301) 447-1068; fax: (301) 447-1363. To submit comments or suggestions, contact the EENET executive producer: sue.downin@fema.gov.

Conferences and Training

Below are the latest conference announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. Most previous issues of DR contain additional notices. For a comprehensive list of upcoming disaster-related meetings and training, see our World Wide Web page:

Geologic Hazards and Engineering Practices in Western Colorado. Sponsor: Colorado Geological Survey. Montrose, Colorado: May 8, 1997 (optional full-day field trip, May 9). Contact: Colorado Geological Survey, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 715, Denver, CO 80203; (303) 866- 2611; fax: (303) 866-2461; e-mail: celia.greenman@state.co.us.

Expanding and Enhancing Wireless Emergency Services. Sponsors: Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management, and others. San Francisco, California: May 13-14, 1997. Contact: Denise Sinuk, AIC Conferences, 1-800-409-4242; fax: (212) 248-7374.

Seventh Biennial International Conference of Fire Service Women. Sponsor: Women in the Fire Service, Inc. (WFSI). Austin, Texas: May 28-June 1, 1997. Contact: WFSI, P.O. Box 5446, Madison, WI 53705; (608) 233-4768; fax: (608) 233-4879; e-mail: tfloren@wfsi.org.

Emergency Response and Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Gas and Electric Industries. Sponsor: Institute for Gas Technology (IGT). Arlington, Virginia: June 2-4, 1997. Contact: Susan Robertson, IGT, (847) 768-0783.

"The Transition for IT Disaster Recovery to Complete Business Continuity Planning." Offered by: Survive! Business Continuity Group. London, England: June 5, 1997. Contact: Survive! Secretariat, The Chapel, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Fitzhugh Grove, London SW18 3SX, U.K.; tel: 0181-874 6266; fax: 0181-874 6446; e-mail: surviveuk@cityscape.co.uk; WWW: http://www.survive.com.

State and Local Risk-Based Decision-Making Conference. Sponsors: International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the National Governor's Association. Omaha, Nebraska: June 11-12, 1997. Contact: Pia Iolster, ICMA, piolster@icma.org.

"Effective Solutions to Continuity Management." Offered by: Survive! Business Continuity Group. London, England: June 17, 1997. Contact: Survive! Secretariat, The Chapel, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Fitzhugh Grove, London SW18 3SX, U.K.; tel: 0181-874 6266; fax: 0181-874 6446; e-mail: surviveuk@cityscape.co.uk; WWW: http://www.survive.com.

Improving Local Emergency Management. Offered by: Disaster Management Center, University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: June 26, 1997. Contact: Disaster Management Center, c/o Department of Engineering Professional Development, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; (800) 462-0876; fax: (800) 442-4214; e-mail: custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu; WWW: http://epdwww.engr.wisc.edu/.

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Forum: "Risk of Extreme and Rare Events." Washington, D.C.: August 25-26, 1997. Contact: SRA, 1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard, Suite 402, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 790-1745; fax: (703) 790-2672; e-mail: sraburkmgt@aol.com; WWW: http://www.sra.org.

Second World Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for Disaster Reduction. Sponsor: Joint Assistance Centre of India and others. Phoenix, Arizona, USA: September 13-17, 1997. Contact: Joint Assistance Center, G-17/3, Qutab Enclave-1, Gurgaon-122002, Haryana, India; tel: 0091-124-352141, or 0091-124-353833; fax: 0091-124-351308; e-mail: nkjain@jac.unv.ernet.in; - or - Krishna Gopalan, Secretariat WANDR II, P.O. Box 14481, Santa Rosa, CA, USA 95402; tel: (707) 573- 1740; fax: (707) 528-8917; e-mail: jacusa@juno.com.

Eighth Annual Conference of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers. Vail, Colorado: September 22-23. Contact: Susan Hayes, City of Fort Collins Stormwater Utility, 235 Mathews Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524; (970) 221-6589; fax: (970) 221-6239.

Joint Conference of the Canadian Dam Safety Association and the Canadian Committee on Large Dams. Montreal, Canada: September 22-25, 1997. Contact: Christian Guillaud, CDSA/CANCOLD Conference Committee, c/o SNC Lavalin Inc., 1100 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 4P3; (514) 393-1000; fax: (514) 876-9273.

Second Colorado Wildland Fire Conference. Lakewood, Colorado: September 26-28, 1997. Call: (303) 674-3145.

Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, 1997 Conference: "Earthquakes in Australian Cities - Can We Ignore the Risks?" Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: October 2-3, 1997. Contact: Barbara Butler, P.O. Box 829, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3052; tel: (+61 7) 9344 6712; fax: (+61 7) 9348 1524; e-mail: Barbara_Butler@muwayf.unimelb.edu.au; WWW: http://QUAKES.earthsciences.uq.edu.au/AEES.ht ml.

69th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America. Ottawa, Canada: October 5-8, 1997. Abstracts due August 29. Contact: G. Atkinson, Carleton University, Department of Earth Sciences, 304 Tory Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada K1S 5B6; (613) 520-2600, ext. 1399; e-mail: esssa@ccs.carleton.ca; WWW: http://www.seismo.nrcan.gc.ca/esssa97.

Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah: October 20-23, 1997. Contact: GSA, P.O. Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301; 1-800-472-1988, (303) 447-2020, ext. 133; e-mail: meetings@geosociety.org; WWW: http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/97/index.html.

Improving Local Emergency Management. Offered by: Disaster Management Center, University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: December 4, 1997. Contact: Disaster Management Center, c/o Department of Engineering Professional Development, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; (800) 462-0876; fax: (800) 442-4214; e-mail: custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu; WWW: http://epdwww.engr.wisc.edu/

29th Annual Conference and Trade Exposition of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Reno, Nevada: February 16-20, 1998. Abstracts due May 30, 1997. Contact: IECA, P.O. Box 774904, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477-4904; 1-800-455-4322 - or - (970) 879-3010; fax: (970) 879-8563; e-mail: ecinfo@ieca.org.

Watershed Management: Moving from Theory to Implementation. Sponsor: Water Environment Federation (WEF). Denver, Colorado: May 3-8, 1998. Abstracts due June 16, 1997. Contact: WEF, 601 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 2400.

"Gender in Disaster Research: Are the Experiences of Women Really Different?" XIV World Congress of Sociology - Session of the Research Committee on Disasters, International Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada: July 26-31, 1998. Abstracts due October 1, 1997; papers due December 1, 1997. Abstracts should be sent to: Dr. Betty Hearn Morrow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199.

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