For the past 150 years, Reuters has been at the forefront of breaking news from the disaster zones of the world. It has built up a reputation for speed and breadth of coverage which through the Reuters Foundation, the group's educational and humanitarian trust, it is now sharing with the voluntary sector through AlertNet.
The site provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public. The site is divided into two sections: a public zone and a private zone. Anyone can access the public pages, which include a live news feed from Reuters plus articles describing how relief agencies are responding to the latest humanitarian crises. The private zone is reserved for non-governmental aid agencies which can apply online for a password.
The navigation appears simple enough to follow but when you arrive at some pages the information can seem a little random and such is the vastness of the subject that the site feels slightly impersonal.
But for thoroughness, up-to-date news and as a free information resource, AlertNet is sure to find its way on to the bookmarks of many people in the voluntary sector. www.alertnet.org