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This C.O.D. Library Research Guide is intended to provide a starting point when one is beginning to conduct research for information about disasters, and particularly how government agencies prepare for them. This guide concentrates on Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. It is not exhaustive in its content, and the researcher will have to do a lot of digging in web sites and journal articles to find even more information. Be sure to ask the staff at the Library Reference Desk for assistance if you have questions or run into problems.
Look in the following catalogs for government publications, books, videos, Internet sites, maps, and other types of audiovisual items:
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to shelve its books).
Some appropriate reference books are also included with each section of Internet sites listed below.
CREDO REFERENCE . Type in your terms in the search box to find articles from many different online reference books.
GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY . Type in your terms in the search box to find articles from many different online reference books.
You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.
The web pages for these government agencies frequently have a link to a description of their responsibilities and activities. Reference books are listed as well. In addition to the Federal government, there is also information about Illinois, county, and city government agencies.
In addition to these web sites and books listed below, one should investigate the web pages of various government agencies, to see if they have links to other disaster plans and procedures.
An ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities. (U.S. Department of Justice, 2006)
Animals: Disaster Preparedness and Response. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). 2008
Business Resources for Hurricane Response and Recovery. U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Research and Development to Improve Civilian Medical Response. (1999)
College and University Planning for Crises and Disasters. (Society for College and University Planning)
Commander's Guidebook: MRG PReparedness and Response to Biological Terrorism. (U.S. Navy, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, 2002).
Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism. General HV 6432 .C 654 2005
Critical Infrastructure Assurance Guidelines for Municipal Governments : Planning for Electric Power Disruptions. (Chicago Metropolitan Area Critical Infrastructure Protection Program)
Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses. (American Medical Association)
Disability Preparedness Resource Center. From the U.S. Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness.
Disabled: Emergency Preparedness. (National Organization on Disability)
Dispatcher's Guide for WMD Incidents. U.S. Army.
Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Repsonse in the U.S. General HV 551.3 .T 54 2001.
Foodborne Illnesses, Diagnosis and Management. (American Medical Association)
GIS for Disaster Response. (ESRI company)
A Guide to F-Scale Damage Assessment. U.S. National Weather Service, 2003.
Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States: Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions. (2007)
Library Disaster Information from the American Library Association.
Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders. (International Red Cross. 2006)
Mass Fatality Incidents: A Guide for Human Forensic Indentification. U.S. Department of Justice, 2005.
Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning. (U.S. National Mental Health Information Center)
Missing People, DNA Analysis and Identification of Human Remains - A Guide to Best Practice in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Armed Violence. (International Red Cross. 2005)
National Incident Mangement System (NIMS): A Guide for County Officials. (Int. Assoc. of Emerg. Managers)
North American Emergency Response Guidebook. General T 55 .H 3 N 6.
Operational Best Practices Regarding the Management of Human Remains and Information on the Dead by Non-Specialists. (International Red Cross. 2004.)
PandemicFlu.gov and AvianFlu.gov. Information from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Pandemic Flu Resources. (American College Health Association)
Pandemic Flu: A Planning Guide for Educators. (U.S. Dept. of Education. 2006).
Principles of Emergency Planning and Management. General HV 551.2 .A 54 2002.
Public Health Management of Disasters : The Practice Guide. General RA 425 .L 28 2001.
Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Really Ready, from the Federation of American Scientists. Information for businesses and those with disabilities.
The Resilient City : How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster. General HT 170 .R 46 2005.
SAFECOM: Emergency Communications Topics and Information. (Department of Homeland Security)
Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning: Nature's Most Violent Storms: A Preparedness Guide Including Tornado Safety Informaton for Schools. (2000)
Tracking and Predicting the Atmospheric Dispersion of Hazardous Material Releases: Implications for Homeland Security (2003)
Understanding the Economic and Financial Impacts of Natural Disasters . General Collection HC 79 .D 45 B 46 2004.
In order to make reliable plans, one must have information about the features and charactistics of the area that one is planning for (population centers, transportation routes, natural barriers, etc.). These are just a few sites to use when gathering information about an area. One will also have to dig through the web pages from various government agencies for data as well.
Chicago Region (A C.O.D. Library Research Guide.)
City Data.com. This site has lots of different statistics for nearby cities.
Illinois Statistical Abstract. Reference HC 107 .I 3 I 64.
Illinois Statistical Data from StateMaster.com.
NationMaster.com. Lots of figures arranged by country and topic area.
Social / Demographic / Economic Statistics Sources (A C.O.D. Library Research Guide.)
State and County Quick Facts (from the U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov)
State Facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
StateMaster.com. Lots of figures arranged by state and topic area.
Cities and Their Vital Systems: Infrastructure Past, Present, and Future (1988)
Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response. (U.S. Dept. of Healthand Human Services)
Culturally Diverse Communities. The National Resource Center for Advancing Emergency Preparedness.
Disaster Central: A Worldwide Hub for Crisis and Emergency Management Information
Terrorism Information Center. From the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, this web site also includes a "Terrorism Knowledge Base," "Responder Knowledge Base," "Lessons Learned," Electronic Document texts, databases for personal use, and other sources of information.
The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other libraries for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also consult journal title lists from other libraries in the area.
Reference Desk: (630) 942-3364
Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
(630) 942-2279, FAX (630) 858-8757
Office: SRC 3035