Issue #61  Natural Disasters December 13, 2006

Contents: Issue #61 Natural Disasters

  1. Basics: Glossaries, Overview, Pictures, 100 Most Deadly
  2. Disaster Resource Sites: BC, Canada, United States
  3. Wood Buildings: Design, Seismic, Wind & Snow, Cold
  4. Other: Concrete, Fortified, Safe Room, Storm Shelter
  5. New Products: Innovations, Envelopes, Research
  6. Utilities: Power Outages, Gas Emergency, Backup Power
  7. More: Business Planning, Directories Of Links
  8. Kenís Top Pick: If you have time to surf only one site

1. Basics: Glossaries, Overview, Pictures, Most Deadly

Glossaries Of Disaster Terms
The European Disaster Information Exchange lists glossaries on avalanches, chemicals, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, floods, landslides, storms, tsunamis, volcanoes, and more.

Overview Of Natural Disasters
At the Wikipedia online encyclopedia you will find descriptions and an overview of natural disasters and hazards of earth, water, storms & weather, fire, health & disease, and space.

Pictures Of Disasters
You can see what a disaster really looks like at this Photovault site. It has freely viewable pictures of lightning, fires, storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, and more.

100 Most Deadly Disasters
The Disaster Center lists the 100 most deadly natural disasters of the 20th century, along with the country, region, date, type of disaster, and the number of people killed in each.     

2. Disaster Resource Sites: BC, Canada, United States

BC Emergency Preparedness 
Our BC Provincial Emergency Program acts as a central resource for information on all of the disasters and weather events that we do, or may, experience here in beautiful BC. 

Canadian Site On Natural Disasters 
At Canada Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness you will find information on severe storms, winter power failures, storm surges, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

US Site On Disasters 
In the US, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has information on earthquakes, flood, heat, hurricanes, wildfires, landslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and more.                   

3. Wood Buildings: Design, Seismic, Wind & Snow, Cold

Design For Moisture, Fire, Termites & Earthquakes  
Canadian Wood Council free online publications on Building Performance give design guidance for wood frame buildings to address moisture, fire safety, termites, and earthquakes.

Seismic Performance Of Wood Housing
Our Canadian Institute for Research in Construction reviews performance of platform-frame wood housing in earthquakes, presents solutions, and outlines some new developments.

Wind, Snow & Seismic Loads
This detailed online manual from the American Wood Council covers designing and constructing wood frame buildings for high wind, snow, and seismic load conditions. (PDF)

Northern Cold Climate Housing
Far north building issues and techniques are covered in fact sheets, newsletters, research, links, forums, and more here on the Northern Research and Technology in Housing site.                      

4. Other: Concrete, Fortified, Safe Room, Storm Shelter

Concrete Homes For Disaster Resistance 
Concrete Thinker site explains how concrete, as a structural material is resistant to wind, hurricanes, floods, and fire, how concrete safe rooms protect, and gives links to more info. 

Fortified Builders Guide  
The Fortified for Safer Living program of the US Institute for Business & Home Safety has guidelines showing how to increase resistance of new homes to natural disasters. (PDF)

Building A Safe Room In Your House 
Designs for in-home, free standing, and underground shelters to protect families from the forces of wind and flying debris are here on the US Federal Emergency Management Agency site. 

In-Home & Modular Storm Shelters
Louisiana University offers these online videos that explain what storm-resistant enclosures are, and how to install in-home and modular units to protect owners from storm events.                   

5. New Products: Innovations, Envelopes, Research

Innovative Products & Practices
NAHB provides information on innovative building products & processes, design & construction guides, performance reports & case studies, best practices, and questions & answers.

Building Envelopes For Natural Hazards
This paper from PATH discusses opportunities for improving overall building performance via selection of natural hazard resistant attributes for building enclosure materials. PDF

Housing Research On Natural & Man-Made Hazards
US Department Of Housing & Urban Development offers reports on their housing research on damage assessment, and new technologies for natural and man-made hazards.                     

6. Utilities: Power Outages, Gas, Backup Power

BC Hydro Power Outages 
If you are served by BC Hydro, this information on power outages includes why they happen, how power is restored, safety, current outages, and how you can report an outage. 

Fortis BC Power Outages 
For those of you in the interior regions of BC that are served by Fortis, their Web site section on power outages covers scheduled outages, and tips for what to do during an outage.

Terasen Gas & Emergency Preparedness
For information to help you prepare gas equipment and your home for earthquakes, floods, and power outages, plus how to make an emergency kit, check out the Terasen Gas site. 

Emergency Power Backup Systems
This US NAHB builder bulletin on emergency power backup systems covers a summary of systems, ease of installation, initial & operational costs, installation, warranty, and benefits.                   

7. More: Business Planning, Directories Of Links

Business Owners & Contractors Should Prepare A Plan 
As this article from NAHB says, having an Emergency Response Strategy for your business will alleviate much of the confusion and insecurity associated with a disaster.

Links On Emergency Management
The Justice Institute of BC provides links to resources on emergency management including general, BC, Canada, business recovery, communications, journals, and disasters.

Industry Links 
Construction Web Links is an industry site that gives you a good list of links to organizations, information, and other resources related to earthquakes, wind, fire, and hazards. 

Educational Links 
Teacher Sue LeBeau offers links to Web sites with education and information on natural disasters including tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and more.                      

8. Kenís Top Pick

The BC Emergency Program Site
Our own BC government site has local resources on weather, drought, tsunamis, flooding, earthquakes, wildland fires, backcountry, landslides, avalanches, volcanoes, and more.     

Dittie For Today: On Hard Work

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
    - Sam Ewing

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