VCU Libraries

Research Guides

Natural & Man-made Disasters


These selected resources will link you to various news, science and relief sites for recent disasters, as well as resources on other disasters including earthquakes, oil spills, tsunamis, land slides, and floods.

VCU users can use Access World News for current U.S. and world news and World News Connection for current non-U.S. news sources.  

Disaster Response: How to Help

General Disaster Assistance:
CNN: Impact Your World
Guidestar: Giving to Disaster Relief and Recovery
InterAction: Guidelines on offering help
Center for International Disaster Information: General disaster information

Selected Relief Organizations
The groups listed below represent a broad spectrum of relief organizations in the U.S. and the world.
American Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders
Feeding America
Food for the Hungry
Habitat for Humanity
Mercy Corps
Oxfam International
Save the Children
United Way
World Food Program

General Disaster Preparedness

Information regarding preparations for individual disasters are located on each tab.