Disaster Health Information Search Guide

Databases and Indexes of Disaster Literature

  • Disaster Lit®: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health 
    U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    Database of free online resources on disaster medicine and public heath including expert guidelines, factsheets, websites, technical reports, webinars, and other tools.
  • NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2)
    Partnership between the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    A national framework for research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies.
  • PubMed
    U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    Thousands of journal citations on disaster/emergency preparedness and response (including natural disasters, bioterrorism, chemical terrorism, and pandemic flu).
  • PubMed Central
    U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    Archive containing free full-text journal articles including disaster/emergency preparedness and response.
  • Global Index Medicus
    World Health Organization
    Provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low-middle income countries.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library
    Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Preparedness Directorate
    Database containing documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management, including information related to terrorism and natural and man-made disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Lessons Learned Information Sharing Database (LLIS.gov), a database of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities has been consolidated into this Homeland Security Digital Library.
  • Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
    Partnership of federal agencies, public health organizations, and health science libraries.
    Links to public health resources, including bioterrorism, preparedness and other topics.
  • Special Collection: All-Hazards Articles in the Scholarly Literature
    U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Citations for over 20,000 scholarly articles and 5,000 conference proceedings covering all-hazards topics.
  • HazLib
    Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder
    A searchable database including resources related to natural hazards and catastrophic events.
  • ReliefWeb
    United Nations
    Reliable and current humanitarian information on disasters and crises across the world collected from over 4,000 global information sources.
  • NLM Catalog
    U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    Online catalog for the journals, books, and other media at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Healthy People 2020 Preparedness Objectives
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Guided by the National Health Security Strategy, these preparedness objectives build national health security through increasing community resilience, strenghthening and sustaining health emergency response systems, improving capabilities, and prioritizing resources. Click on the objectives for information searches on each topic.
  • MedlinePlus Disaster and Emergency Topics
    U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    Disaster ane emergency health information topics tailored for the general public.
  • Related training: NLM Public Health Resources Tutorial
    Overview of free online public health training and instructional materials from NLM. Includes a module on disaster health literature.


MeSH Terms Used in Indexing Disaster-Related PubMed

Medical subject headings used to index disaster-related journal articles.


Disaster Medicine and Disaster Preparedness Journals in PubMed

These journals are indexed in PubMed.


Emergency Medicine Journals in PubMed

These journals are indexed in PubMed.


Journals in All-Hazards Database (FEMA)

  • These journals are indexed in All-Hazards, the FEMA journal database and are not indexed in PubMed. Journals also indexed in PubMed are listed only under the PubMed list above.
  • Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
  • Australian Journal of Emergency Management
  • Case Studies in Fire Safety
  • Crisis Response Journal
  • Disaster Prevention and Management
  • Disaster Recovery Journal
  • Disaster Resource Guide
  • Earthquake Spectra
  • Emergency Management Review
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Fire Note (2006-2014)
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Science Reviews
  • Fire Technology
  • Global Environmental Change (1999-2011)
  • Homeland Security Affairs
  • Homeland Security Review (2008-2014)
  • International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management
  • International Homeland Security
  • International Journal of Critical Infrastructures
  • International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • International Journal of Emergency Management
  • International Journal of Emergency Services
  • International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
  • International Journal of Disaster Medicine (2003-2006)
  • International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
  • International Journal on Engineering Performance-Based Fire Codes (1999-2012)
  • Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning
  • Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
  • Journal of Disaster Research
  • Journal of Extreme Events
  • Journal of Fire Sciences
  • Journal of Flood Risk Management
  • Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters
  • Journal of Homeland Security
  • Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Journal of Natural Disaster Science
  • Journal of Refugee Studies
  • Journal of Search and Rescue
  • Macedon Digest (1988-1994)
  • Mass Emergencies (1975-1979)
  • Natural Hazards
  • Natural Hazards Review
  • Professional Safety
  • Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses
  • Risk, Hazards, Crisis in Public Policy



A list of disaster health-related glossaries in the Disaster Lit database. 


Emergency Access Initiative

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and other publishers. EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters.


U.S. Government Sources of Disaster Health Information

Sources of disaster health-related information from U.S. Government organizations.