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Emergency Management: Find Internet Resources & Apps

This guide provides quick access to quality resources relevant to Emergency Management


Be Ready (Canadian Red Cross)

House fires, floods, power outages, and even catastrophic earthquakes – whatever the disaster, the official Canadian Red Cross Be Ready app gives users instant access to the information needed in order to prepare for different emergency situations and to take action when a disaster strikes. 

Available for free both on iOS & Google Play

Disaster Alert (Pacific Disaster Center)

A global, multi-hazard monitoring and alerting application that covers everything from hurricanes, earthquakes, marine and storms to manmade hazards. Wildfires are being added.

Available for free both on iOS and Google Play

First Aid (Canadian Red Cross)

The official Canadian Red Cross First Aid app puts lifesaving advice in your hands.

Available for free both on iOS & Google Play

NIOSH Pocket Guide (NPG) to Chemical Hazards

Search for recommended exposure limits (RELs) and permissible exposure limits (PELs) on a variety of chemicals by their name, CAS No. and formula. Can be used while offline.

Available for free via the CDC website.


Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders is designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents, including substance identification support; physical characteristics; human health information; and containment and suppression advice.

Available for free both on iOS & Google Play


Turn your phone into a walkie-talkie or two-way radio, as long as you have a network or WiFi connnection.

Available for free both on iOS & Google Play

Open Educational Resources (OER)

The 4 Rs of OER. By Nadia Mireles CC-BY-SA

OER – Educational resources (including textbooks) created with an open copyright license, as opposed to the traditional all-rights reserved model of copyright licensing. OER learning materials are free to copy, use, adapt and re-share. Look for the CC-BY- license reference.

This means you can revise and customize OERs to suit your classroom needs and outcomes.

More information, including suggestions about where to look for OERs, is available on the NSCC OER Guide.

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Tips for Website Evaluation

CARS: A Method for Evaluating Internet Research Sources

Use these basic evaluation guidelines when evaluating information from the Web.


  • Author's credentials
  • Evidence of Quality Control
  • Meta-Information


  • Timeliness
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Audience & Purpose


  • Fairness & Objectivity
  • Moderateness
  • Consistency


  • Source Documentation
  • Corroboration

 Adapted with permission from: Harris, Robert. Evaluating Internet Research Sources

Finding Images

Use these web-based repositories to search for content that is free to use and share. Remember to check the license terms and include a credit -- Giving credit is a fundamental component of academic integrity.

Images with a CC0 license do not require a credit. They are free to use without attribution unless credit is required by your instructor.

CC0 images are an excellent option for brochures and posters

Use this NSCC Library IMAGE subscription resource for personal, non-commercial, or nonprofit educational purposes. Credit is required.


NSCC Guidelines

  • Crediting your sources is a fundamental component of Academic Integrity.
  • When your assignments include images that you have copied you must cite the source.
  • Support for creating APA references and citations is available from Campus Librarians.
  • Web-based support can be found on the NSCC APA web-based guide

Credits vs References

  • A credit line under a visual is the equivalent of an in-text citation. It provides acknowledgment to the creator and the source of the copied image in your text.
  • The reference list is the complete list of all the sources you have used and cited in the creation of your document.
  • The full bibliographic reference to the image should be included in your reference list.
  • This is the same treatment you give to ideas and content you have used to write your document.

Creating Brochures for Assignments?

  • Your credit for images does not have to impact your design.
  • Use a small type size and place the references in their own separate section on the brochure.
  • A well created reference is easy for the reader (your instructor) to link to the images you have used.
  • If you purchased visual content under a license, or are using photographs you took yourself, you don't need to include attribution unless this is a requirement for your assignment.

Creative Commons ~ CC

  • Using a image with a Creative Commons license?
  • Include the CC license type in the credit and reference.
  • For more information on Creative Commons go to the Creative Commons section of the Open Educational Resources guide.
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