FEMA on the Internet - 1997
Year in Review
WASHINGTON December 23, 1997 - As the Internet's
popularity and usage has grown this year, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) and its Web site kept pace with increasing user demand. New
features, new information and more users every month have been the hallmarks
"We are learning to take more and more advantage
of the quick delivery of information that the Internet can provide," said
FEMA Director James Lee Witt. "As the Emergency Lane for this nation's
information superhighway, we are committed to remaining a dynamic and comprehensive
public Internet source of information on FEMA's efforts to prepare for,
respond to and mitigate against all types of disasters."
This year included many milestones and significant
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a part of
FEMA, continues to bring new information and innovative features to the
World Wide Web. Their 1997 online additions to the Web site include:
Web site usage grew from an average of 300,000
hits (file accesses)/month to more than 3 million/month. The site's files
were accessed more than 21 million times this year.
While industry experts estimate the average Web
site contains around 300 screens of information, this year FEMA topped
7,000 screens and more are added daily.
FEMA's Virtual Library has grown to 744 entries
of brochures, reports and manuals in the PDF format and 113 shorter documents
in HTML format.
GEMS, the site's searchable database of emergency
management-related Web sites, now has more than 500 entries.
Every new FEMA initiative was accompanied by a
corresponding addition to the Web site. This included, the National Arson
Prevention Initiative, the El Niño Loss Reduction Center, and Project
Impact - Building Disaster-Resistant Communities.
Daily and sometimes hourly updates on the site's
What's New page began this year. Information is gathered from a variety
of government sources to provide visitors the latest information on potential
disasters and ongoing recovery efforts.
FEMA for Kids was launched in October and quickly
became one of the site's most popular sections with more than 300,000 hits
in the first month.
The FEMA Radio Network (FRN) began providing daily
RealAudio files and posted a complete, online searchable database of more
than 400 soundbites, interviews and public service announcements.
FEMA's El Niño Community Preparedness Summit
in Southern California saw FRN's first successful streaming of live audio
via the Web site. More than 2,300 Internet users logged on and listened
to Vice President Gore and others address this important issue.
Updated: December 24, 1997
to the FEMA Index page
Learning Resource Center online card catalog now
provides bibliographic access to the 50,000+ item collection housed at
the National Emergency Training Center.
USFA Publications Catalog allows user to browse
the over 200+ item catalog and place their order with the USFA Publications
Center online. All new publications are now also provided in electronic
format, including these recently released items: Fire in the United States,
Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, and the Fire Safety Education
The USFA Kids Page is an interactive fire-safety
page just for kids containing quizzes, games and information on fire prevention.
The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)
provides more than 600 annual state and metro fire online profiles. Casualty
and property loss information for each of the states and metropolitan areas
that report NFIRS data is readily available. Profiles are provided back