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Public Resource for Disaster-Related Tools and Data

The heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding caused on the East Coast this week by Winter Storm Juno have created the need for disaster response and recovery efforts., recently launched by the White House Administration in response to Hurricane Sandy, is a portal that provides information needed in the wake of a disaster. This public resource was designed to foster collaboration and continually improve disaster-related open data and free tools, as well as develop new ways to empower first responders, survivors, and government officials with information.


Some of the resources you will find on include:

  • Types of Disasters - Find open data sets, apps and tools for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, severe winter weather, tornadoes, and wildfires.
  • Call to Action: Open Data - To help empower the community with information that can improve preparedness, the Administration is working with stakeholders to make publicly available a series of government and private sector disaster-related data sets.
  • Innovator Challenge - The first in a series of Innovator Challenges to highlight pressing needs from the disaster preparedness community is, "How might we leverage real-time sensors, open data, social media, and other tools to help reduce the number of fatalities from flooding?" One-page solutions may be submitted to disaster preparedness stakeholders. Innovations will be highlighted in the coming months.
  • Apps & Tools - An initial set of apps and tools that can be deployed at minimal cost by first responders, emergency managers, volunteer organizations, survivors, and other stakeholders.
  • Blog - Learn about the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, the Demo Day and how the site was created. seeks to leverage the creativity and social entrepreneurship of innovators for the purpose of strengthening national preparedness. You may e-mail with your feedback and get involved to help build a more resilient community.  

The Campus Men's Action Network (CMAN) 
We are all aware of the importance of the issue of sexual assault on campuses. Recent research shows that bystander intervention, particularly on the part of men, can help decrease sexual violence on college campuses. However, one of the challenges has been to engage men. That's where the Campus Men's Action Network comes in.

The Campus Men's Action Network, developed by Jana's Campaign, provides a framework to help men on college campuses learn how to network, mobilize, and develop coalitions on campus. These coalitions allow men to create environments that foster respect for women, work to end sexual violence, and end the concept of male domination and gender inequality.

The Campus Men's Action Network provides "a practical model that includes example mission statements, core principles, and programming ideas to help men get started." The Campus Men's Action Network framework can also be easily adapted for use in high schools, workplaces, and larger community settings.

Learn more about the Campus Men's Action Network.

Professional Development Opportunities


Title: Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses

Supported By: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai'i

Fee: Free   

Title: Disaster Resilient University™ (DRU) - Western Summit   

Host: Disaster Resilient Universities™ (DRU) 
Supported By:
University of Oregon, Stanford University, the University of Washington, Westmont College, and the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup

Dates: February 20, 2015   

Location: Portland, OR     

Fee: Registration Fee
Information and Registration
This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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