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Natural Disasters: Websites

Provides methods of finding information on such natural disasters as volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, severe weather, and shows how to tap into the worldwide movement to mitigate the severity of disasters and build disaster-resilient communities.

Major Governkment Agencies' and Organizations' Websites


American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Library

The American Red Cross has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets and preparedness checklists and recovery guides for all sorts of disasters, from chemical spills through volcanoes. 

America's Preparathon

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

A FEMA program, here you can find resources, training and information about the CERT Program. CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.  Starting point for disaster mitigation in the United States.

Official site of the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program.  Part of FEMA, Since standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding, it's important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S.

In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.

Great Nevada Shakeout

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On
at 10:15 a.m. on October 15* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Nevadans can join them today by registering for the 2015 Great Nevada ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America's PrepareAthon!

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration

The parent agency for the National Weather Service, the website links to weather forecasts, stream gages across the country, climate monitoring, the National Hurricane Center, and the Storm Prediction Center.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Geohazards

Nevada is at risk of numerous geohazards. NBMG scientists continue to research these hazards to help us learn how to protect ourselves from danger.  Hazards covered include:

  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Landslides
  • Liquefaction
  • Mercury Contamination
  • Mining Related Contamination
  • Radon
  • Subsidence
  • Swelling Clay
  • Water Contamination
  • Abandoned Mine Dangers

Nevada Floods

Contains information on flood risk, preparedness, and Nevada flood history.

Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno College of Science, provides information on recent and historical earthquakes, preparedness, and research.

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. It was adopted on March 18, 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.

Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program

The mission of GVP is to document, understand, and disseminate information about global volcanic activity.  Provides a database of all known, active volcanoes, worldwide, and reports of current volcanic activity.

Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

 2015 conference in Sendai, Japan, produced the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNISDR is part of the UN Secretariat with the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  Its mandate is to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among disaster reduction activities.

U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Disasters

Mission, programs, and activities: 

  • Coastal & Marine
  • Geology
  • Earthquake Hazards
  • Geomagnetism
  • Global Seismographic Network
  • Landslide Hazards
  • Volcano Hazards
  • SAFRR Project
  • Emergency Management

Washoe County, Nevada Emergency Preparedness

The Washoe County Emergency Management Program assists local agencies and communities in preparing for emergencies to the extent feasible through training, development of plans and procedures, addition of equipment, and other measures which may reasonably be taken to enhance emergency preparedness.  The page includes access to information on Emergency Plans, Disaster Supply Kits, Emergency Car Kits, and Pet Plans.