When a disaster occurs in a community, the American Red Cross implements several steps to respond during that incident and also help those affected with their recovery after the incident. To help with determining service delivery methods and the extent of the operational needs, we have to gather extensive data and information about the scope and impact of the disaster. A comprehensive disaster assessment can help facilitate the recovery efforts in a community. The Geospatial Technology unit has created this list of web links to be useful tools for your chapter in its disaster response activities.
These internet links pages are resources to find information before and after any disaster incident. The information contained in these pages is divided into six main categories; Weather, Hazards, Government, Resources, Search and States & Territories. Each of these main categories is then sub-divided into more detailed categories where you will find a comprehensive list of valuable links.
Examples of what is available in the first five categories include high-level, national and regional links where you can access information about the scope and impact of most disasters, public health issues, the details of power outages, severe weather, etc. The State & Territory category has a sub-link for each state and territory where you can find links to state emergency management agencies and related state government resources, localized weather, utility companies and mapping resources, etc. For additional information that is more specific to a local area, there is a link to one source — State, County & Local Links & Resources — in each state listing go to county and local level information and resources.
These resources coupled with local links and information can be very beneficial to chapters during readiness activities as well as the actual response to an incident. Please use the Essential Elemetns of Information (EEI) to develop a local resource book.