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Natural Disasters: Planning & Recovery: Home

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"DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences." (FEMA: About FEMA,

The purpose of this guide is to collect resources about emergency preparedness and management on a variety of specialized topics and from a variety of (mostly governmental) resources.

The table below defines some of the frequently used abbreviations in this Guide.

Abbreviation   Full Agency Name
CDC Center for Disease Control
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
NOAA National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency
NWS National Weather Service
USGS United States Geological Survey

Natural Disaster News from Google

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