POPULAR DISASTER SITES:
List25: A compilation that attempts to portray the 25 worst recorded disasters in history.
INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES:
INTERNATIONAL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
Prevention Web: PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and serves as a clearing house for information on natural disasters and catastrophic events. The site has an excellent selection of resources, organized by type of hazard, including maps, publications, and links to other organizations.
U.S. GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES:
National Severe Storms Laboratory: The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce maintains a website devoted to the study of severe storms in the United States. The site contains descriptions of specific types of storms, as well as research tools and initiatives to prevent storm damage.
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
U.S. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
UCAR HURRICANE FACT PAGE: The University Corporation of Atmospheric Research maintains an excellent FAQ resource page on hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones. It explains is great detail why tropical cyclones happen and the state of current research on the topic.
EMDAT – The International Emergency Disasters Database: Since 1988 the Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) at the World Health Organization (WHO) has been maintaining an Emergency Events Database EM-DAT. EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the WHO and the Belgian Government. The database is intended to facilitate disaster preparedness, and provide an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting. EM-DAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of over 16,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to present. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, insurance companies, research institutes and press agencies.