... International Disaster Information Network (IDIN)
Coordinated in conjunction with the Global Preparedness & Response Network

Stephen M. Apatow
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Phone: 203-668-0282
Email: s.m.apatow@humanitarian.net
Internet: www.humanitarian.net

Url: www.H-II.org

In 1999, Humanitarian Resource institute initiated the IDIN project in cooperation with the FEMA Preparedness, Exercises & Training Directorate, building upon the foundation established by the U.S. State Department plans for a Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN) in the early 90's. 

The IDIN global communication network included leaders in approximately 200 United Nations member countries, corporate, inter-governmental, non governmental, community action, interfaith organizations and media (newspaper, radio and television networks).  These resources were utilized to support contingency planning for the Year 2000 conversion.

In response to the needs presented by FEMA, Humanitarian Resource Institute established a rapid response plan for (1) infrastructure analysis in each country, (2) assessment of NGO's and relief organizational capacity to address the size and scope of humanitarian needs, (3) the provision of data to enhance the strategic planning, project development and allocation of financial and inkind donations. 

After 20 years of advocacy and policy development work through Humanitarian Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA), the Humanitarian Intervention Initiative (H-II) was established to support strategic planning, development and stabilization of humanitarian emergencies that were beyond the operational capacities of the United Nations, non-governmental and relief organizations. This included optimization of defense logistics and resource capabilities, as well as expanding special protective forces for humanitarian operations, through H-II OPSEC.

Beyond social media, Humanitarian Resource Institute specializes in research, identification of the target audience and effective integration of resources such as telecommunications, direct mail, newspaper, radio, television and Internet to achieve our communications objective.  Networks include: 

  • newspaper, radio and television, corporate, intergovernmental, non-governmental, United Nations, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 195 countries.  
  • grassroots networks (household level), corporate, municipal, state and federal government, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 3100 United States Counties.
The Humanitarian University Consortium (ProMED:ISID: Announcements 2003 (08): Humanitarian Univ. Consort.) was founded to support the development of  initiatives associated with economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues worldwide.  Our mission is to serve as (1) an international community of scholars, (2) a bridge between Humanitarian Resource Institute and the international academic community, (3) a think tank in support of the United Nations programs and (4) the promotion of higher learning through both traditional and distance education.

In The Spotlight


  • Humanitarian Early Warning Service (HEWS): Rome - As of 31 December 3:00 p.m.(GMT+1), the death toll from the Asian tsunami has passed 135,000. More than 5 million people are reported homeless with expectations that these numbers will continue to rise.  26 December 2004: Humanitarian Resource Institute International Disaster Information Network activated .


Humanitarian Resource Institute 
Current Project
International Association of Emergency managers
EIIP: Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership
Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Info
Climate Prediction Center
Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center
ENVIREF: high-resolution EO satellite images for application and exploitation in humanitarian relief operations.
World Meterological Assoc.
A UN Special Agency
NASA-NOAA Global Fire Monitoring
NOAA Satellite Services Division
OCHA Emergency Telecommunications Project
REFWORLD: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Full-text databases
Country Profiles
UNHCR Public Information
Operational Maps
UNHCR Mapping Unit
Food & Agriculture Organization of the U.N.
World Health Organization
Information System
UNHCR Newswire
Reuters News & Information
Community Preparedness:
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