Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. It involves the coordination and integration of all activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against threatened or actual disasters or emergencies, regardless of cause.
Blanchard, B. W. (2008, October 22). Guide to emergency management and related terms, definitions, concepts, acronyms, organizations, programs, guidance, executive orders and legislation. Retrieved from

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In addition to using "natural disasters," as a search phrase, you can also search any type of natural phenomena, such as-earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, etc.


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Online Open Access Journals

Australian Journal of Emergency Management
DOAJ:  Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Disaster Recovery Journal 
Link to current issue and article archives. 
Emergency Management  
Link to the current issue of the periodical, digitial archives, limited searching of back issues.
Global Security Studies  (GSS)
HS Today 
Link to the current issue of Homeland Security magazine with limited searching of back issues.
Homeland Security Affairs Journal   
Perspectives on Terrorism 

Print Books

This link provides a listing of all print books in the Library collections.


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Credo Reference
eBooks by EBSCOhost
Safari Books Online


Emergency Management Search Engine
This will search all of the websites listed below simultaneously or you may choose to select specific search site(s) to search.
American Red Cross 
The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.
Berkeley Law Student Journals
Gateway to the searchable student edited law journals of the University of California.
Bureau of Justice Administration
Search interface to the Bureau of Justice Administration's somewhat modest collection of documents. 
The US Federal Government, which collects all kinds of data, is a good source of data for student reports or business or general information purposes. They are often invisible because they are buried deep in massive websites and because the government is the unique source for important research and information. Statistical data can be found across many government department websites, but it may be hard to track down with a search.
Defense Technical Information Center  (DTIC) 
This US Department of Defense agency provides essential, technical research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) information rapidly, accurately and reliably to support research needs.
Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health Emergency
Provides public health and emergency medicine support at the national level.
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Disaster Resource Guide
Environmental Protection Agency-Emergency Management
Branch of the EPA devoted to preventing accidents as well as response capabilities.
Federal digital database provided by the Government Printing Office. Many full text collections of federal government information is available here. Health information for natural, accidental, or deliberate disasters.
Federal Communications Commission Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
This Bureau ensures public safety and homeland security by advancing state-of-the-art communications that are accessible, reliable, resilient, and secure, in coordination with public and private partners.
Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA)
The federal government's principal disaster assistance organization.
Federal Emergency Management Agency   (FEMA)  Learning Resource Center Online Catalog
Catalog to the FEMA Library includes some online resources.
Search portal to access to federal government official statistical information
Homeland Security Digital Library
An open-source collection of sources related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.
Law Library
An extensive collection of introductory-level entries on justice administration and related topics. 
A federated search engine that searches multiple US Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.
National Academies Press  (NAP) 
The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and public health policy.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
National Institute of Justice
Interface to search National Institute of Justice publications, videos and other resources.
National Security Agency 
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America's codemakers and codebreakers. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to US decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century.
National Weather Service
Provides weather forecast, warning, and safety information.
Natural Hazards Center
Office of Response and Restoration
From National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Provides technical support and information for oil and chemical spills in coastal waters.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
The vision of this department is to make the United States a more secure nation by integrating 17 executive branch agencies that make-up the Intelligence Community.
RAND Corporation
Collection of public safety white papers produced by the RAND Corporation. and Listo (Spanish language version)
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.  Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
Legislative information provided by the Library of Congress.
US Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health Emergency
Provides public health and emergency medicine support at the US. federal government level.
US Department of Homeland Security 
The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure our nation from the many threats the United States faces. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. The goal of the Department is clear-keeping America safe.
US Department of Justice, National Security Division
The mission of the National Security Division is to carry out the highest priority of the Department of Justice-to combat terrorism and other threats to national security.
US Department of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation  (ISN)
The ISN Bureau leads the Departmentís efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-whether nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological-and their delivery systems.
US Geological ServiceóNatural Hazards
As of 2010, the USGS incorporated Natural Hazards ranging from earthquakes and volcanoes to geomagnetism into its mission.
Search engine that searches only federal, state, local and tribal government Web sites.
University of Colorado at Boulder Natural Hazards Center  
Since 1976, the Natural Hazards Center has served as a national and international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects of disasters.  The Center collects and shares research and experience related to preparedness for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters, emphasizing the link between hazards mitigation and sustainability to both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme events.
World Criminal Justice Library Network
Portal to a global collection of on line justice administration resources.