Washington VOAD Links

  • National Interagency Fire Center
  • Mission is to serve as a focal point for coordinating the national mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States.
  • USDA Forest Service Fire Mapping Program
  • The Active Fire Mapping Program is an operational, satellite-based fire detection and monitoring program managed by the USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Active Fire Mapping program provides near real-time detection and characterization of wildland fire conditions in a geospatial context for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Detectable fire activity across all administrative ownerships in the United States and Canada are mapped and characterized by the program.
  • Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC)
  • The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center serves as the northwest area geographic focal point to provide logistical support and intelligence relative to anticipated and ongoing wildfire activity for all federal and cooperating state wildland fire suppression agencies. The Center facilitates movement of resources between agencies' units and, concurrently, ensures fire suppression capabilities to support large fire potential by monitoring weather and prescribed burning activity within the area.
  • National Weather Service - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Our Mission: Provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
  • National Hurricane Center - National Weather Service
  • The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards. The NHC vision is to be America's calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats.
  • King County Crisis Clinic
    After more than five years of planning, Crisis Clinic has made the dialing code “2-1-1” available as a way for people to directly connect to our Community Information Line. It’s the same service with the same staff, just an easier way to reach us! 
  • Managing Spontaneous Volunteers 
    This publication includes the principles and concepts of operations surrounding a successful program of utilizing unaffiliated volunteer relief workers during a community's response to a disaster event.
  • Flu.gov
    One-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Department of Homeland Security's Ready.gov Web Site
    Ready.gov is a common sense framework designed to launch a process of learning about citizen preparedness. One of the primary mandates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to educate the public, on a continuing basis, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency – including a possible terrorist attack.
  • Washington State Emergency Management Division
    The Washington State Emergency Management Division "coordinates and facilitates resources to minimize the impacts of disasters and emergencies..." This site is full of essential information for preparedness and emergency operations at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
    FEMA is now located within the Department of Homeland Security.  It has a new name - Emergency Preparedness and Response but will keep its name FEMA for the sake of familiarity when responding to disasters.
  • Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness
    Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.
  • Disaster News Network 
    Disaster News Network (DNN) is a news service that tells the story of disaster response and suggests appropriate ways the public can help survivors. It also facilitates information sharing among disaster responders.
  • Center for International Disaster Information 
    The Center for International Disaster Information provides critical information services to other information and the general public about international disasters and about those organizations responding.
  • International Association of Emergency Managers
    The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.
  • Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance 
    Small Business Administration assistance for businesses struck by disaster.
  • AlertNet from Reuters 
    The Reuter Foundation is acting as a specialist news supplier and neutral information broker to the international disaster relief community, via the Internet.
  • Guide to Homeowners Insurance 
    This free guide to homeowners insurance includes Q&A, glossary of terms, and loss prevention tips.