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PURDUE SHOOTING

Indianapolis Star: Coverage of Purdue Shooting

Dart Center: Resources for Reporters Covering Mass Shootings

Poynter: Disaster Resources
A great set of links and resources for covering a variety of disasters in a breaking-news setting.

Twelve Facts About Guns and Mass Shootings

Poynter: Breaking News Resources for Covering Shootings

Poynter: What Journalists Should Know About School Shootings and Guns
Great insight from Al Tompkins.

Your Public Media: How Media Should Cover Mass Shootings
Short story and a great NPR radio interview with Andy Carvin and others.

USA Today: Mass Killings Database

The Nation: Fifteen Mass Shootings Happened in 2012

Washington Post: World's Deadliest Mass Shootings

U.S. Mass Shootings in 2012
Map of the shootings with stats, details from The Washington Post.

ProPublica: Best Reporting on Guns

Journalists Resource: Studies on Firearm Violence

Journalists Resource: Research on Mass Shootings

Poynter: Resources for Covering Gun Violence

On the Media: Consumers Guide to Breaking News
Partly in jest, this graphic does offer some sound advice.

Denver Post
Timeline of school shootings since Columbine.


TRANSPORTATION SAFETY

Passenger Rail Safety Tips
From Operation Lifesaver.

MTA Customer Safety Page

Metro-North Safety 'Brain Drain'

MTA Evacuation Instructions

U.S. DOT: Railroad Safety Page

Train Wrecks Database
From the Department of Transportation Office of Safety, this database allows you to find the most dangerous train crossings in your area.

Movement of Hazmat by Rail

Safe Road Maps
An amazing site from the University of Minnesota that allows users to enter their address and see a map or satellite image of all the road fatalities that occurred in their area. Search can be narrowed to determine the age of the driver, or whether speeding, drinking or seatbelts were factors.

Deteriorating Bridges Database
Sort files in Excel to find bridges and overpasses in your area that are in poor shape. Great public safety story.

Train Wrecks Database
From the Department of Transportation Office of Safety, this database allows you to find the most dangerous train crossings in your area.

Broadcastify
Tap into public safety scanner traffic: EMS, rail, aviation, fire and police.

Center for Automotive Research
Many safety studies and stats.

Automotive News
Industry news, financial information, safety, etc.

IRE/NICAR: National Bridge Inventory Database
From IRE: "The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory database lists structural evaluations and codes for all bridges in the U.S. This includes bridges on highways, railroads, pedestrian-bicycle, overpasses and those designated as historically significant. The data includes fields that indicate the year the bridge was built, how many lanes and several key fields that can be used for an overall indication of a bridge's quality. There is also a field that indicates the feature intersected, for example if the bridge goes over a body of water or if it intersects with another highway or roadway."

Federal Railroad Administration: Railroad Safety
A database with accident and inspection reports, broken down by counties.

MSNBC.com: Dangerous Roads Database
Enter state and county in database.

American Bridges in Need of Repair

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Distracted Driving

Wisebread: Winter Driving Safety Kit

SleepFoundation.org
Site includes drowsy driving facts.

American Bridges in Need of Repair

Highway Safety Research Center at UNC
Conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Research examines motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian crashes, taking into account human, vehicular, roadway and environmental factors.

Highway Users
Organization with studies, links and stats on highway accidents, tolls, etc. Great for anyone covering safety or transportation issues.

Census.gov: Extreme Commute Rankings
Organized by community.

Scenic America
Lobbyist group that focuses on keeping debris off highways.

Department of Transportation: Accidents at Railroad Crossings Study

School Bus Data
Injury, accidents and other national statistics.

School Bus Seat Belt Issue FAQ

Governors Highway Safety Association: State Highway Safety Laws

National Association of Pupil Transportation: School Bus Safety

Highway Watch
A Washington-based anti-terrorism training program for transportation workers.

Poytner.org: Tips for Handling/Airing 911 Calls

Electric Auto Association

PBS Frontline: Rollover -- The Hidden History of the SUV
Companion site to the TV show on SUV danger/safety issues.

NHTSA: Van Safety
Tips from the U.S. government on preventing rollovers in 15-passenger vans.

CDC: Motorcycle Safety Guide

National Trucking Associations
Resources and regulations for trucking industry.

Truck Safety Site
A very useful Web site run by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

NICAR's Trucks Census Database
Details on costs for the database and includes story examples and data samples.

IRE/NICAR: Truck Accident Databases
Current as of December 2001, the data includes 952,887 records of truck crashes. Fees up to $500 are charged for the content.

National Transportation Statistics 2002

Collision Safety Institute
Dozens of helpful stats, research projects and reports.

NHTSA State-by-State Stats on Traffic Deaths (2003-04)

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Auto safety and engineering studies.

Society of Automotive Engineers
Auto safety and engineering studies.

AutoSafety.org

Federal Highway Administration Expertise Database

National Transportation Safety Board
Government site with statistics and research on transportation disasters.

U.S. Department of Transportation

AVWeb.com
Aviation magazine site.

Advancement of Air Cargo Safety

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Injury Web Site
A good site for national stats on injuries.

CDC: Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System
A database that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Highway Loss Data Institute
Studies and stats on highway accidents. Also a set of related sites.

Federal Highway Safety Statistics
Traffic vehicle statistics broken down by state.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System
Department of Transportation chart is a great resource.

SafeRoads.org: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
An advocacy group with polls, stats, safety tips, etc.

Highways.tv
Offers a handy collection of Web links arranged by state featuring the latest info on traffic snarls and construction spots, as well as real-time road camera feeds.

SafeRoads.org: Speeding Facts and Stats

Consumer Reports Cars Blog
Auto safety, recalls, etc.

National Parking Association
Tracks parking fees, stats and other national trends.

National Safe Kids Campaign
A searchable site that features news and research on restraint laws for transportation, playground safety, holiday safety, etc.

National Center for Safety Analysis
Part of the Department of Transportation, this site includes studies and surveys on roadway accidents, etc.

Trucking Safety Information

SmartMotorist.com
This site offers "expert advice on the newest technology, safety equipment, and strategies for safe navigations of today's roadways. You'll find clear, informative articles on subjects like cell phones, SUVs, road rage, and winter driving.

American Academy of Family Physicians: Driving with Epilepsy Laws

Bicycle Safety Institute: Helmet Laws by State

CNN: Ford Explorer Tire Recall
Links to several stories about the controversy and recall.

Firestone Tire Recall -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Federal Railroad Administration
The site's Office of Safety Analysis explores research on rail accidents.

Allstate Teen Driver
Insurance company built this micro site that offers videos, stats and driving tips to teens. Good for reporters doing stories on driving safety, accidents, etc.


COVERING WILDFIRES

National Interagency Fire Center
This site tracks wildfires around the country, offers safety tips and more.

HowStuffWorks.com: How Wildfires Work

NPR Wildfires Forecast Map

GeoMac Wildland Fire Support
A multi-agency government site.

Ready.gov Wildfire Page

Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist
Tips galore.

FEMA: Wildfire Preparation

Health Effects of Wildfires
Links from the National Library of Medicine.

On the Map for Emergency Management
Access detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency-related events.

NOAA: State of the Climate -- Wildfires
From May 2012.

Science Daily: Wildfire News

National Geographic Wildfire Basics
Good stats and science behind wildfires.

National Geographic: Wildfires -- Nature's Fury

Study: Preventing Wildfires: Fuel Treatments in Forests

Mayo Clinic: Heat Stroke
Symptoms, treaments, etc.

AP Interactive: National Wildfires Map

Mashable: How Social Media is Helping Colorado Wildfire Relief

Denver Post: Photos from Colorado Wildfires

Study: Long-Term Perspective on Wildfires in the Western US

CDC Fire Deaths Map
Click on the image map to find listings of fire deaths by state.

Twitter.com: 2007 Southern California Fires Coverage List
A quick scan of headlines.

National Interagency Fire Center's National Fire News Site

FirefightersNetwork.com

International Association of Fire Chiefs

U.S. Fire Administration
News releases and safety tips galore.

National Interagency Fire Center

CDC: List of Fire Associations

Firehouse.com: Worst Firefighter Tragedies

U.S. Fire Administration

FirefightersNetwork.com

Emergency Preparedness on a Shoestring

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Looks at safety concerns, studies, expert resources, etc.


AVIATION DISASTERS AND AIRPLANE SAFETY

NICAR Aviation Disasters Database

NICAR Accidents and Incidents Database

World IRE "In The News": Airplane Crashes
View the links to these resources and information about obtaining these resources. These pages have been updated to include our most recently added resources.

Aviation Safety.net
Identify problems with airlines and with individual planes. This powerful site will give you pilot backgrounds, aircraft safety records, plane maintenance records (by tail number), etc.

Live ATC
Listen to Air Traffic Control chatter.

Broadcastify
Tap into public safety scanner traffic: EMS, rail, aviation, fire and police.

National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Page
Safety stats and alerts.

IRE/NICAR: Plane Crash Resources
Data about FAA service reports, aircraft registry, aviation accidents and incidents (covering everything from fatalities to passenger infractions), and federal contract information through the Individual Contract Action Report database. A companion website to IRE's Beat Book "Covering Aviation Safety: An Investigator's Guide" is linked to from the site's resource page. The Resource Center has a collection of investigations on myriad topics related to aviation safety and accidents, as well as tipsheets on how to cover this sort of disaster.

Office of Airline Information

Federal Aviation Administration
Helpful links, safety information, news releases, guidelines and more.

SpeedNews.com
News on the aviation indudstry.

Air Safety Online
Weekly report card on the airline industry worldwide regarding safety, ontime arrival and more. Also has a special report on fuel tank dangers.

PsychLaws: Tragedies Database
Search by state.

Washington Post's Worst Aviation Disasters

U.S. Commercial Airline Crashes (2001-2013)
From NBC San Diego.

PlaneCrashInfo: 100 Worst Airline Crashes

Flightpath: Aviation Disasters

Air Accident Database

AirSafe.com
Airplane safety site with plenty of solid research.

Aviation Landings Site
FAA online databases, including an archive of FAA service difficulty reports -- searchable by aircraft type, aircraft manufacturer and the ``N' registration number -- and a searchable database of the ``N' registration number. See the three databases directly below.

Federal Aviation Registry
FAA site helps you check aircraft registration.

Air Line Pilots Association
Represents most of the airline pilots in the U.S. and Canada for labor union.

Professional Pilots Rumor Network
A lot of buzz on this site about aviation crashes, trends in industry, etc. Be sure to verify everything you see here. Can be a good place for picking up sources and story ideas, but be careful to check everything out before publishing.

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Flight Safety Foundation
Media center, archives and more.

Automobile.com
Car reviews, directories, safety, studies, etc.

USDOT: America's Worst Bottlenecks
Lists the worst two-dozen highway bottlenecks in America.

NTSB Aviation Accident Reports
Great database of reports.

FAA Air Traffic Information

Flight Aware
Live flight tracking.

Trip.com
This site accesses FAA information that allows you to track any commercial airline flight in North America.

Flightview.com
Tracks any flight in-air. Similar to Trip.com and Flight Tracker.

FlightArrivals.com
Similar to Flight View, Trip.com and Flight Tracker.

Aviation Safety Network

Professional Pilots Rumor Network
A lot of buzz on this site about aviation crashes, trends in industry, etc. Be sure to verify everything you see here. Can be a good place for picking up sources and story ideas, but be careful to check everything out before publishing.

FAA's Aviation Consumer Protection Home Page

Airliners.net

Final Report on the Airline Customer Service Commitment (DOT)

Reynolds Center: How to Cover a Plane Crash
Great database of reports.

Poynter: Helpful Tools Journalists Can Use to Cover Airline Crashes


BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

JournoResource: Boston Marathon Bombing Story Resources

Tips: Verifying Social Media Content
Tips from Josh Stearns.


EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI RESOURCES

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
In-depth bulletins on the most recent major earthquakes around the world.

USGS Earthquake Regional Sites
Detailed stats and discoveries in your area.

Official U.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
Background, research, regional sites, seismic networks and more.

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
More than 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States, from 1868 to present. Search through earthquakes, volcanoes, state parks, etc.

MSNBC/Live Science: How Earthquakes Work

ABC News Interactive Map on What Causes Earthquakes

USGS: Earthquake Hazards Program
Background, research, regional sites, seismic networks and more. In-depth bulletins on the most recent major earthquakes around the world. Also features hazard maps, list of the biggest, fact sheets and more.

Google Crisis Response Public Alerts

Google Person Finder

Google Crisis Map
Defaults to the most recent crisis.

Emergency Journalism
Tools for better, accurate reporting.

USGS: Earthquake Regional Maps

USGS: Earthquake Hazards Program

USGS: World's Earthquakes Ranked by Magnitude
Great quick reference for breaking news reporting on earthquakes.

Cal-Berkeley: Earthquake Safety Guide

Iris: Seismic Monitor
Use this global map to track seismic activity around the globe.

How Stuff Works: Earthquakes
Predicting, seismology, how they work, photos, etc.

American Red Cross: Safe and Well
Go to this site to find peoples' names who are safe after a major disaster.

History of Earthquakes in Canada

About.com Geology: Modified Mercalli Scale

U.S. State Department: 2010 Earthquake in Haiti

Poynter: Resources for Covering Haiti Earthquake

Haiti Earthquake Images

2008 China Earthquake Blog

CNN: Japan Tsunami Video

Alltop: Japan Tsunami Video

NOAA Tsunami Page

NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

NOAA Center for Tsunami Research

NOAA Tsunami Graphic from Chile Earthquake

NOAA Tsunami Graphic from Chile Earthquake
February 2010 earthquake.

USGS Tsunami and Earthquake Resources

FEMA Tsunami Page

CDC: Tsunamis and Public Health

How Stuff Works: Tsunamis

Landfall and Famous Tsunamis

Examiner.com: Hawaii's Tsunami History

AP: Raw Video of Chile Earthquake

YouTube: Thailand Tsunami Raw Video

What is a Tsunami?

Mathematics of Tsunamis
The math and physics rules that govern them.

CNN: Japan Tsunami Video

Alltop: Japan Tsunami Video

Tsunami Wave Height Visualization

Charity Navigator: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

USGS Earthquake Forecasting Site

NY Times: Dangers of Aging Dams, Flooding

Storify: Hurricanes 101 for Reporters
Mix of links and resources from JC Stearns.

Journalist's Resource: Research on Climate Change and Natural Disasters




NUCLEAR POWER-JAPAN/BP OIL SPILL

Understanding the Nuclear Threat


All Things Nuclear


Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Assessments for Nation's Nuclear Plants
A cool interactive graphic of economic data.

U.S. Fire Administration: Fire Statistics

Smithsonian Institute: Three Mile Island Disaster
Archive from the nuclear plant disaster in Pennsylvania in 1979.

PBS: Meltdown at Three Mile Island

Dickinson College: Three Mile Island Archives

Information About Nuclear Accidents
Background on the worst accidents in history. You can find similar information in a print almanac.


Nuclear Threat Initiative
Tracking the threat of other countries' pursuits of nuclear weapons.

Boing Boing: Nuclear Energy 101
Basics of how nuclear energy and plants work.


NY Times: Video of Nuclear Plant Explosion in Japan 2011


Nuclearfiles.org
A good list of nuclear accidents.


Nuclear Bomb Blast Calculator
Estimates the scope of devastation on nuclear attacks on specific U.S. cities.


Infoplease Nuclear Accidents Page


National Interagency Fire Center's National Fire News Site


Pollution Locator: By State
A state-by-state report from U.S. Public Interest Research Group.


California's Pacific Gas & Electric
The site features several pages related to the blackouts, including maps, company bankruptcy documents and more.


The Daily Glob
Great oil spill resources from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

EPA: Oil Spill Data Tools

Poten.com: Oil & Gas Industry
The site is a great source of story ideas, news and data for journalists covering the oil and gas industry, transportation industry and commodity markets. Covers issues such as oil transportation rates from the Middle East; disruption in supply due to Venezuelan strike; natural gas price volatility in the United States; and environmental issues relating to oil tankers.

IfItWasMyHome
offers a great mapping tool to help you visualize how big the BP oil spill is in your area. It also includes a widget of the livecam of the leak.

NY Times Oil Spill Map

How Big Is Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Uses Google Earth 3D maps.

MaptheSpill.org
Interactive map of the Gulf region where users can post photos and other content.


Oil Spills Links
Links to associations and government agencies that deal with oil spills.


U.S. Public Interest Research Group


The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
In a .PDF format.


The EPA's Oil Spills Site


Scorecard
Green Adviser ZIP code-based pollution site.


EmergencyNet News Today
Site monitors current and potential political, social an natural crises.


Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
A non-profit organization monitors waste from computer corporations in Northern California.


National Interagency Fire Center


Northwest Interagency Coordination Center


SafetyAlerts.com


University of Michigan Documents in the News
Search safety reports from many areas -- transportation, environment, etc.


Public Safety: Household Products
Check this National Library of Medicine database (4,000 items) about health risks of products you might have around the house.


Kidsource.com
Studies and research on safety and health issues for kids.


Florida Division of Forestry
More information on the state's wildfires.


BioTech's Life Science Dictionary
Over 6,700 terms with biochemestry, toxicology, medicine, ecology and more.


Animal Legal Defense Fund


GeoPlatform: Gulf Response
NOAA, EPA, U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Interior developed this one-stop site for oil spill response information.

International Bird Rescue Gulf Oil Spill Response

NIH Haz-Map
Information on hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases.





WORKPLACE SAFETY


OSHA Workplace Safety Site


NICAR/IRE Occupational Safety and Health Administration Database
More than 3.6 million workplace inspections in all states and U.S. territories from 1972 into June 2008. Information is also available on persons injured in workplace accidents. Details include the person's gender, age, extent of injury, nature of injury and part of body and source of injury. It also includes whether any hazardous materials were involved. Journalists can use the data to investigate the safety of local industries and businesses over time.


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Workplace Bullying Institute


American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: Workplace Violence


University of Iowa: Workplace Violence Study
Downloads as a .PDF file.


OSHA's Statistics Page
Government site with statistics and research on injuries and safety issues in the workplace.

NIH Haz-Map
Information on hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases.


National Safety Council
Non-profit organization does several studies on a variety of safety issues. A great database of stats and periodicals.





TOXIC WASTE/ENVIRONMENT


EmergencyNet News Today
Site monitors current and potential political, social an natural crises.


Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
A non-profit organization monitors waste from computer corporations in Northern California.

Household Products Database
Search this to find what is safe/not safe for yourself and the environment.


Understanding the Nuclear Threat


Information About Nuclear Accidents
Background on the worst accidents in history. You can find similar information in a print almanac.


Nuclear Threat Initiative
Tracking the threat of other countries' pursuits of nuclear weapons.


Nuclearfiles.org
A good list of nuclear accidents.


Nuclear Bomb Blast Calculator
Estimates the scope of devastation on nuclear attacks on specific U.S. cities.


Infoplease Nuclear Accidents Page


Oil Spills links
Links to associations and government agencies that deal with oil spills.


Poten.com: Oil & Gas Industry
The site is a great source of story ideas, news and data for journalists covering the oil and gas industry, transportation industry and commodity markets. Covers issues such as oil transportation rates from the Middle East; disruption in supply due to Venezuelan strike; natural gas price volatility in the United States; and environmental issues relating to oil tankers.


U.S. Public Interest Research Group


Pollution Locator: By State
A state-by-state report from U.S. Public Interest Research Group.


The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
In a .PDF format.


The EPA's Oil Spills Site

CDC: What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out


Scorecard
Green Adviser zip code-based pollution site.


California's Pacific Gas & Electric
The site features several pages related to the blackouts, including maps, company bankruptcy documents and more.


Official U.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
Background, research, regional sites, seismic networks and more.


Northwest Interagency Coordination Center


SafetyAlerts.com


University of Michigan Documents in the News
Search safety reports from many areas -- transportation, environment, etc.


Public Safety: Household Products
Check this National Library of Medicine database (4,000 items) about health risks of products you might have around the house.


Kidsource.com
Studies and research on safety and health issues for kids.


Florida Division of Forestry
More information on the state's wildfires.


BioTech's Life Science Dictionary
Over 6,700 terms with biochemestry, toxicology, medicine, ecology and more.


Animal Legal Defense Fund





MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC SAFETY SITES

Washington Post: State-by-State Gun Control Legislation


Journalist's Resource: Research on Climate Change and Natural Disasters

When a Child Dies
Guidelines from the Journalism Center on Children and Families on how journalists should cover a sensitive issue.


OnTheMap for Emergency Management
Access detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency related events.


National Climatic Data Center: Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters
A running list of the most-expensive. Helpful for covering any disasters.

JournoResource: Are Major Cities the Safest Place to Be?
Rural vs. urban safety rates.


ProPublica Nursing Home Inspection Reports


Red Cross Safe and Well Database
Disaster victims can register on this database, which is searchable by name, street, phone numbers.

Consumer Product Safety Commission


FDA Food and Drug Import Refusals


DisasterAssistance.gov
Government site where people in disaster areas can seek help. For journalists, it can connect you to sources, locations to find interviews with witnesses/those suffering from the disaster.


CDC: Spotting Suspicious Letters and Packages
Tips on how to spot a package that might be a terrorist threat.

Safety Tips for Journalists in Dangerous Situations
From the Committee for Media Freedom and Responsibility.


Recalls.gov
View recall announcements once they go public: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, etc.

Skyscraper Page
Stats, facts and details about skyscrapers. Helpful for any safety stories.

JournoResource: Disaster and Recovery Research
From Harvard's Shorenstein Center.


Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
From the World Security Institute, this site provides in-depth resources on global affairs.

20 Safety Tips for Decorating with Toddlers and Babies

Poynter: Tips for Interviewing Traumatized Sources

Poynter: Disaster Resources
A great set of links and resources for covering a variety of disasters in a breaking-news setting.


ProPublica: Best Reporting on Guns in America


Homeland Security Digital Library
Search engine allows you to scan more than 30 homeland security blogs.


NOAA: Extreme Weather 2011


Office of National Drug Control Policy

Boating Safety Resources: Sea Tow Foundation


Centers for Disease Control: Extreme Heat
Tips for dealing with dangerous heat conditions.

GOOD: When To Taste or Toss Your Leftovers


SAJA: Mumbai Attack Resources

FightGlobalWarming
Helpful press section includes a "low-carbon diet kit." Good source for experts on the topic.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Has a great links, press and glossary sections.

World Meteorological Organization

GlobalEntry.gov
Fingerprint entry program with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Office of National Drug Control Policy

USAGOV: Get Ready for Spring Floods
A blog full of tips, news, etc. about dealing with spring floods.


Federal Hate Crime Legislation

National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Earthquake Resilience Needs Strengthening


Reliefweb.int: List of Natural Disasters 1980-Present


Alliance of Information and Referral Systems
The professional association for over 1,200 community Information and Referral (I&R) providers, primarily in the United States and Canada.


Disaster Finder
Run by the NASA Solid Earth and Natural Hazards Program, this service was created for the disaster community at-large so that the best links in disaster information could be found quickly and easily. Links are categorized within the Disaster Finder database according the Disaster services section of the Taxonomy of Human Services: A Conceptual Framework with Standardized Terminology and Definitions for the Field.

Global Map of Natural Disasters
This interactive map mashup shows disasters around the globe.


Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool
Analyze college campus crime statistics with this resource from the Office of Postsecondary Education, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

USDA: Food Safety During an Emergency


Food and Water Watch


MSNBC Bridge Tracker
The map shows the condition and inspection dates for more than 100,000 bridges in the U.S. that are crossed by at least 10,000 vehicles per day. The records come from the latest National Bridge Inventory, as analyzed by msnbc.com. Inspections through 2006 are included. Only bridges, on/off ramps and overpasses within .2 miles of your chosen route are shown. The locations were provided by state departments of transportation.


Government Pandemic Flu Site

The Food and Environment Reporting Network
Claims to be an independent, non-profit news organization that does investigative work on agriculture, environmental health and food.


Campus Safety Tips


USDA: Forest Service


Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
Has several helpful resources, including a blood alcohol content calculator.


American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials

Transportation for America: The State of Our Bridges


Homeland Defense Journal
Full archives of publications, special reports, etc.


Tips for Uncovering Sealed Cases


SecretNoMore: Publicly Accessible FBI Files


Association of State Dam Safety Officials


Home Safety Council Study: 2004 Home Injuries
Broken down by state.


Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


Insurance Information Institute
Public safety, crime and other stats.


SkyscraperPage.com
Tracks skyscrapers around the world. Rank by city, etc.


Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Parenting Squad: Top 10 Tech Safety Tips for Parents of Tweens and Teens


Poynter.org: Ricin Information Super Site
A great collection of resources on the deadly poison found in three Senate buildings.


Automobile.com
Car reviews, directories, safety, studies, etc.


Center for Science in the Public Interest's Food Additives Guide


NatureServe.org
Offers data, information on conservation issues, nature safety and global warming issues.


CDC: Bird Flu Facts

National Patient Safety Association: Online Patient Safety Resources


Bullying Whys
This site helps people find information that they may need to help deal with a bullying situation. Run by a woman in Virginia, the site offers links, tips and much, much more.


Firefighters: Real Stories
Great for any reporter seeking anecdotes for feature or trend stories. It can help with sourcing and finding experts in this area. Has a great history of firefighting section as well.


Collision Safety Institute
Dozens of helpful stats, research projects and reports.


WHO@ (Working to Halt Online Abuse)
Resources, stats, facts and protection tips about online stalking.


The Consumerist
This corporate watchdog site blows the whistle on bad customer service, poor products and corporate waste. It's a great resource for tracking local companies (through the site's search) and tracking how consumers are dissatisfied. Be careful using material on the site, as some of it may be unconfirmed material. But it serves as a good road map for finding business stories.


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Features a research clearinghouse so you can track what experts, drug companies say about imported medicines.


Consumer Product Safety Commission: Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools


Consumer Product Safety Commission: Drowning Warnings


National Youth Sports Safety Foundation


EPA's Toxic Release Inventory Raw Data
Data dating back to 2002 that can be broken down by region (county-by-county), industry, chemical and more.


State-by-State Listings of Tattoo Laws

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network


The National Fire Protection Association


National Homeless Coalition


HUD Homelessness Resources


National Coalition of Homeless Veterans


Department of Veteran Affairs Homeless Page


Department of Energy: EnergyStar Site
Helps teach businesses and individuals how to conserve energy. Good for tips and demands on the power grid during a heat wave, etc.


Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions
Looks at demands on power grid.


Red Cross: Heat Waves Page

Leapfrog Group: Hospital Safety Score
Enter a zip code or location to get overall scores.


Childrens Defense Fund
The press releases section is a great source for new studies and news about poverty, safety, school cuts, etc.


Public Interest Research Groups
Consumer protection, environmental groups, dangerous toys, etc.


Chicago Tribune: Toy Safety
Warnings on how to avoid buying secondhand toys that could be tainted with lead.


Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Links to about 10-12 good sites.

Poison Proof Your Home

Highway Safety Research Center
Based at the University of North Carolina, this organization conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Research examines motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian crashes, taking into account human, vehicular, roadway and environmental factors.


USGSEarthquake Forecasting Site


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
In-depth bulletins on the most recent major earthquakes around the world.


USGS Earthquake Regional Sites
Detailed stats and discoveries in your area.


Background Checks for Firearm Transfers (2001)
Includes full-text report and Excel spreadsheets.


Boating Safety Links
State laws, tips, etc.


Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response
A .PDF file.


CNN: Hurricane Special Section
Safety tips, facts, etc.


CDC: West Nile Virus Facts


USGS World Volcanic Activity
History of volcanoes, tips on what to do if caught in one, reports on latest activity around the world.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Government agency that investigates violations of safety regulations in several industries. The site, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, includes listings of regulations, key contacts and investigations.


International Association of Firefighters
News items, studies, updates, sources, etc.


OSHA's Stats page
Government site with statistics and research on injuries and safety issues in the workplace.


National Safety Council
Non-profit organization does several studies on a variety of safety issues. A great database of stats and periodicals.


Department of Homeland Security
Press briefings, stories, latest warning, etc.


Ready.Gov
From the Department of Homeland Security, this site offers ,plans, tips, etc. on safety resources. Tips such as instructing Americans on how to increase our chances of survival when explosions detonate outside your vehicle.


U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration
Stats and research from the U.S. Department of Labor.


Child Abduction Site
Several helpful research tools if you're covering this topic and a wealth of media contact information.


PublicCitizen.org
Founded by Ralph Nader, this group's site feature's a global trade and Congress watch, health research and other helpful studies.


Disaster Insurance Information
Good background on filing claims and policy concerning the Sept. 11 tragedies.


Teacher Magazine: Making Schools Safer
Some interesting programs that schools are using.


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Subscribe to a free e-mail alert service that will send notices of recalled products to your mailbox. The agency has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products.


Spinal Cord Injury Information Network


Aquatic Risk Management


Aquatic Safety Research Group
Tips, research, etc.


Licensed Occupations Database
Search database to find licenses required for practicing a profession or occupation in a certain state.


Material Safety Data Sheet Repository
A site full of testimonials and consumer safety data. Search and sort by product, industry, etc.


VineLink: Who's in Jail/Prison
Use this image map to select a state, then sort through the listed jails and prisons to track who's in jail and who is about to be released. A great resource.


National Fallen Firefighters Association


COPS: Concerns of Police Survivors

SourceWatch: U.S. Gun Control Legislation


Motorcycle Industry Council


Bomb Threat Checklist
The Los Angeles Police Department's site provides a "bomb threat checklist" to download should you receive such a threatening call.


Violence Policy Center
A libertarian public interest law firm offers several free legal resources off its site.


MeatingPlace.com
Products and food safety site. Articles, background and recent news.


MediaChannel's News Dissector: Covering Riots
As "riots" erupted in the north of England, journalists in London, including Danny Schechter, took part in a seminar aimed at improving coverage of conflict.

MedlinePlus: Winter Weather Emergencies


CBS News Disaster Links Page


BankRate.com: Dealing with a Natural Disaster
Report in the wake of North Carolina's Hurricane Floyd about the difficulties people can expect to face when natural disasters strike.

SafeKids.com: Cyberbullying


Glossary Agent
Description: Glossary Agent(tm) is an expanding, focused gateway to online monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual glossaries in insurance and related fields such as law and finance. Topics include environmental protection, finance, health care, information technology, insurance, law, medicine, safety, transportation and weather.

American Red Cross: Safe and Well
Go to this site to find peoples' names who are safe after a major disaster.


Recycled Waste News


Homeland Defense Journal
Full archives of publications, special reports, etc.


Food & Water Watch
Consumer group site targeted at abuse of enviornmental resources by corporations, such as water companies, fish farms and factories.


State Recycling Association Contacts


New York City Office of Safety and Health
A non-profit provider of occupational safety and health training, advocacy and information (including technical assistance and industrial hygiene consultation) to workers and unions throughout the New York metropolitan area. More than 250 union organizations and 400 individuals: union members, health and safety activists, injured workers, healthcare workers, attorneys, public health advocates, environmentalists and concerned citizens.


Mathematics of Tsunamis
The math and physics rules that govern them.





AMUSEMENT PARK SAFETY

SaferParks.org
The site addresses amusement park accidents; it's run by the mother of a child who was injured on a ride.


Theme Park Inspection Laws by State


ThemeParkInsider: Accident Watch
A guide to safety at amusement parks across the U.S.


The Roller Coaster Database
A searchable database of more than 1,000 roller coasters. Includes information by location and distance, breaking news on the industry, record holders, etc.





FIREWORKS SAFETY

National Climactic Data Center: Drought
Several graphics and other research.


NOAA Drought Page


International Association of Firefighters
News items, studies, updates, sources, etc.


The National Council on Fireworks Safety
Database of state laws, tips, etc.


CDC: Fireworks Injuries, Facts, Stats
Links to dozens of faiths and practices.


AmericanPyro.com
Site for the fireworks industry trade that features safety tips.



VOLCANOES

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Maps, phone contacts, photos, etc.

Mount St. Helens Volcano Cam
A webcam from the volcano.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Photo Library
Photos galore, including before/after shots.

Mount St. Helens Links
A clearinghouse of links to sites about the eruptions.

USGS: Pacific Northwest Seismographic Network
Measures quake activity inside Mount St. Helens.

USGS: Mount St. Helens Updates
Daily updates on the volcanic activity. Monthly updates when the activity is slow.

How Stuff Works.com: How Volcanoes Work
Daily updates on the volcanic activity. Monthly updates when the activity is slow.

How Volcanoes Work Home Page
Daily updates on the volcanic activity. Monthly updates when the activity is slow.

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

Alaska Volcano Observatory: Mount Redoubt
Images of the volcano's current activity.

Volcanic and Geologic Terms
Daily updates on the volcanic activity. Monthly updates when the activity is slow.

Volcanoes Database
Click on the database link to search by continent, type, activity, etc. Compare and contrast volcanic activity.

NASA Earth Observatory Site
Look at natural hazards such as volcanoes, fires and floods through satellite photos, etc.

Michigan Tech Volcanoes Page
Links galore.

Volcanic Clouds Website

PBS Nova: Volcano Deadly Warning
Background on seismic signals, emergency response, preparation, etc.

Smithsonian Institution: Global Volcanism Program
Background on seismic signals, emergency response, preparation, etc.


SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA EXPLOSION

NASA: Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Regular updates on the findings of the shuttle crash.

Space Shuttle: Thermal Stress
A 1987 .PDF report about thermal stress on the orbiter upon re-entry.

CNN:Shuttle Independent Assessment Team

CNN: NASA Summary of Shuttle Independent Assessment Team(SIAT)Report

Space.com: Photos and Background of Columbia Crew
Interviews with each crew member while they were in space on this mission.

SAJA: Bio of Astronaut Kalpana C. Chawla
A detailed biography and links to stories about her.

Kennedy Space Center, Media Handbook
A .pdf format.

NASA: STS-107 Overview, Bios

NASA: STS-107 Media Archive (Photos)

NASA: STS-107 Mission Page (From Eurpean Space Agency

NASA: STS-107 Research Mission

Columbia Missions (with STS-107)

Google: Columbia Shuttle Links

CRS Issue Brief: Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
Twenty pages in .PDF format.

CRS Issue Brief: Space Stations
Twenty pages in .PDF format.

A Primer for Journalists Covering Space
An excellent master?s thesis full of tips and ideas.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Goddard Space Flight Center (Maryland)

Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, Ala.)

Howstuffworks: How Space Shuttles Work

Presidential Commission Report on Space Shuttle Challenger Accident
Rogers Commission Report - not all parts are online at this location.

NASA Space Shuttle Challenger: Observations on the Reliability of the Shuttle
A part of the Rogers Commission Report.

Houston Chronicle Space Page
In-depth coverage of the explosion.

IRE Space Shuttle Disaster Resources
There are at least 13 stories in our Resource Center about the Space Shuttle that might be of assistance.

Texas Police Agencies (Locate Debris

Orlando Sentinel Coverage of Columbia

MSNBC: Space Shuttle Timeline 1981-2002

NASA Space Shuttle Challenger: Federation of American Scientists
A part of the Rogers Commission Report.

NASA: Space Shuttle Annotated Bibliography
Chapter 7.

CBS News: Stats on Space Fatalities
Features many key stats.

SpaceFlightNow: Radar Images
Radar image of debris field and links to data on mission.

CyberJournalist.net: Sites Covering the Columbia
A gallery of cover snapshots from a sampling of sites and analysis of the effectiveness of their approach.

NASA Earth Image Database
Thousands of pictures of earth and other research materials.

Sky High Pix
NASA's Remote Sensing Tutorial offers a big collection of overhead shots across the country.

Science@NASA

Space.com
Great research and interactive tools.

NASA: Space Shuttle and International Space Station

Space Station Page


POPULATION ISSUES

U.S. Census Bureau: U.S. and World Population Clock
Database allows you to search releases, warnings and news from the Food and Drug Administration.

USA Today: State-by-State Population Growth (1790-2000)


HOLIDAY SAFETY

U.S. Public Interest Research Group: Toy Safety
A downloadable .PDF of the annual report that finds toys for sale that violate a federal ban on small parts in toys.

Recalls.gov
Lists products recalled by manufacturers.

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
Largest association for companies in the toy and children's products arenas. Good for sourcing, research, retail statistics, parental tips, safety and industry links.

HealthyToys.org
Consumer action guide to toxic chemicals in toys.

Time to Play Magazine
Safety, types of toys, blogs and some retail information.


THE AUGUST 2003 BLACKOUT

CNN: Blackout State-by-State

IRE Blackout Resources
Resources to help cover the blackout that hit. Dozens of cities in the United States and Canada. Includes tips on covering utilities, databases and more.

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