4.2 Describing a Disaster
WELCOME to your MCNY research tutorials! Here, you will be asked to engage with resources and tools and answer questions to help facilitate your understanding of advanced research.

This tutorial will introduce you to the tools you will need to describe natural disasters. This is an important part of what you will do in the Emergency and Disaster Management program.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to one of the MCNY librarians.
TECHNICAL NOTE: At certain points, you will have to copy links provided and paste them into a search engine (e.g. Google) to access the resources indicated.
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Impact of Disaster on Communities, a research guide created by the MCNY librarians, aggregates some governmental and organizational resources that can help you to better understand specific natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. There are several resources here to explore. Copy and paste this link into a new tab and click on the "Identifying Hazards" tab to begin exploring: https://libguides.mcny.edu/c.php?g=128999&p=839086
One place to start is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC's mission is "to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same." You can find the link to the CDC in the "Helpful Resources for Identifying Hazards" column or you can copy it here and paste it into a new tab: https://www.cdc.gov/. Now, click on "Advanced Search," bring down the menu under the "Emergency Preparedness," and click on "More" to go directly to the CDC page on this topic.
Explore the CDC's Emergency Preparedness page. True or False? The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response page provides information for both professionals and everyday residents. *
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Click on "CDC A-Z INDEX," and then click on "H". Scroll down until you see the word "Hurricanes," and click on it. What section of this page would be of particular interest to you in your current field of study?
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website is always a good go-to source for an Emergency Management professional. According to its website, FEMA was created in 1979 to coordinate "the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror." The site has a wealth of information for all --reasearchers, Emergency Management professionals, and everyday people experiencing or vulnerable to diasters. To explore the site, copy and paste https://www.fema.gov/ into a new tab.
Enter the zip code for any New York City area you are curious about. Scan over the page that results from your search. Which kind of information does the page NOT offer about your selected zip code? *
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Now return to the fema.gov homepage and bring down the menu on the Emergency Management tab. Click on :Hazard Mitigation Planning." True or false: This page can keep you up-to-date on important government policy changes that can affect the emergency preparedness plans of the community you are focusing on. *
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Back to the FEMA homepage at fema.gov one more time! Now bring down the menu under the "About" tab and click on data vusualizations.
Back to the FEMA homepage at fema.gov one more time! Now bring down the menu under the "About" tab and click on data vusualizations. Click on "Disasters Declaration for States and Counties" in the column to the left. Then, select New York in the main panel. Which is the most frequent disater in the state of New York? *
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So, you begin to see how rich these government sites are in information and what excellent tools they provide for the work you are undertaking. The MCNY Library research guide "Impact of Disaster on Communities" brings together these and other essential sites for you to explore. Rather than begin your search in Google, begin by visiting and getting to know these sites directly.
Remember, at MCNY, you have many resources to support you in completing your research projects including librarians, writing specialists, math specialists, and student mentors. You can also book a research consultation with a reference librarian for more one-on-one help and contact the Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) directly for a one-on-one writing session.
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