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Emergency Management and Disaster Information Research Guide

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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.


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COLLEGE OF DUPAGE Criminal Justice Academic Program

Library Catalogs

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).


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Reference Works

Some appropriate reference books are also included with each section of Internet sites listed below.

Article Indexes

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Does the C.O.D. Library own the journal that I need?

Explanation of the Difference between Journals and Magazines.

How to Read a Research Study Article.

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Other Related C.O.D. Library Research Guides

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Information About Government Departments/Agencies/Bureaus

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.

U.S. Federal Government - Reference Works
U.S. Government Document Catalogs and Bibliographic Resources


Reference Works

Geographic Information

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Information About Disaster Plans and Preparedness

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.

American Hazardscapes: The Regionalization of Hazards and Disasters.

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

Biological Incident Operations: A Guide for Law Enforcement. U.S. Army.

Building a Disaster-Resistant University: A How-To Guide. FEMA.

Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. FEMA.

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)

Chemical / Biological / Radiological Incident Handbook. (1998)

A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Preparedness. (2003)

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).

Common Defense Against Uncommon Threats : The Federal Role in Critical Infrastructure Protection : Report of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. (1997)

Communications Challenges During Incidents of National Significance: A Lesson from Hurricane Katrina. (2006)

Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism. General HV 6432 .C 654 2005

Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation. (2007)

Critical Foundations : Protecting America's Infrastructures : The Report of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. (1997)

Critical Infrastructure Assurance Guidelines for Municipal Governments : Planning for Electric Power Disruptions. (Chicago Metropolitan Area Critical Infrastructure Protection Program)

Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds: Providing Protection to People and Buildings. (FEMA, 2004).

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)

Disciplines, Disasters, and Emergency Management Textbook. (FEMA)

Dispatcher's Guide for WMD Incidents. U.S. Army.

Emergency and Risk Management Case Studies Textbook. (FEMA)

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness for Child Care Programs.

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)

Fundamentals of Emergency Management. (FEMA)

The Future of Emergency Management - Papers from the 2005 FEMA Emeergency Management Higher Education Conference.

GIS for Disaster Response. (ESRI company)

Guide for Standard Disaster Messages.

A Guide to F-Scale Damage Assessment. U.S. National Weather Service, 2003.

Hoping for the Best While Preparing for the Worst: Disasters, Emergencies, and the Community College.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Planning.

Improving Health System Preparedness for Terrorism and Mass Casualty Events: Recommendations for Action. (2007)

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 Casualty Event Preparedness and Response. (CDC)

Mass Fatality Incidents: A Guide for Human Forensic Indentification. U.S. Department of Justice, 2005.

Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide. (2007)

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)

Modular Emergency Medical System: Expanding Local Healthcare Structure in a Mass Casualty Terrorism Incident. (U.S. Army, 2002)

National Incident Mangement System (NIMS): A Guide for County Officials. (Int. Assoc. of Emerg. Managers)

National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.

North American Emergency Response Guidebook. General T 55 .H 3 N 6.

Nuclear Detonation - Planning Guidance for Response. (2009)

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).

Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Guide for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources.

Planning Guidance for a Response to a Nuclear Detonation (2009)

Preparedness Guidelines for Homeland Security: Prevention and Deterrence.

Principles of Emergency Planning and Management. General HV 551.2 .A 54 2002.

Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors.

Public Health Management of Disasters : The Practice Guide. General RA 425 .L 28 2001.

Public Health Risks of Disasters: Communication, Infrastructure, and Preparedness -- Workshop Summary.

The Public Transportation System Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide.

Quick Reference Guide for the National Response Plan.

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)

Training Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters. (2000)

Understanding the Economic and Financial Impacts of Natural Disasters . General Collection HC 79 .D 45 B 46 2004.

United Nations Disaster Management Planning

U.S. Department of Agriculture Influenza Pandemic Planning Template/Checklist

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Planning.

U.S.Geological Survey Custom Mapping and Analysis Tools.

Violent Storm Preparedness Guide for Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Lightning. (2000)

Winter Storms, the Deceptive Killers: A Preparedness Guide. (FEMA, 2001)

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Information About Areas

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.

Earthquake Information for Illinois from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Hazard Maps Online from ESRI.

Hazard Maps Online from FEMA.

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.

Northern Illinois Data.

Seismic Hazard Map of Illinois from the U.S.Geological Survey.

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.

Statistics selected by your Geography from Fed Stats/Map Stats.

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Other Internet Sites

Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)

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.

Dartmouth Flood Observatory.

Disaster Central: A Worldwide Hub for Crisis and Emergency Management Information

Edgewood Army Chemical - Biological Center Information Products.

Institute for Biosecurity information.

International Crisis Working Group.

International Research Committee on Disasters

Public Entity Risk Institute.


State and Local Government web sites directory.

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.

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

More Sites of Interest

Evaluating Web Sites

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Citing Sources

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