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Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival
Jack A. Spigarelli
0936348070
April 2002
Paperback
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Conrad V. Chester, civil defense expert and chief researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"A first-class book, probably the best available."

Bruce Tippery, Remnant Review, Texas
"One of the best—well reasoned and complete—guides to personal preparedness."

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Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding What Katrina Washed Away
Cholene Espinoza
1933392185
April 2006
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Book Description
Cholene Espinoza—Air Force Academy graduate, former U-2 reconnaissance pilot, and embedded Iraq War journalist—rediscovers hope and purpose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With her partner, a close friend, and a U-Haul packed with supplies, Espinoza drives into the Deep South with misgivings and self-doubt. Once in DeLisle, Mississippi, she meets Rev. Rosemary Williams, pastor of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Williams is at the center of local relief efforts, and from her damaged church she gives survivors comfort—not just spiritual comfort, but food, shelter, clothing, and love. Espinoza finds her own struggles overwhelmed and transformed by the stories of Katrina’s survivors. Through the Eye of the Storm is a rallying cry for working Americans and an indictment of the public and...


Time: Hurricane Katrina : The Storm That Changed America
Editors of Time Magazine
1933405139
November 15, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
DESCRIPTION: On Sept. 2, 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a "desperate S.O.S." His city, one of America’s most historic and gracious urban centers, had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now 80% of it lay underwater, while some citizens huddled on rooftops waiting for rescue, and others turned the flooded streets into canals of anarchy. In the first decade of the 21st century, despair, disease and death had transformed a great American city into a scene of third-world privation, even as heroic rescue workers battled to save lives, restore order and aid the suffering. Now Time chronicles the story of the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history in Hurricane Katrina, An American Tragedy. Here, in stunning pictures and gripping first-hand accounts, is the terrible tale of Katrina’s deadly wrath...


U.S. Air Force Survival Training: Search and Rescue
Department of the Air Force
0760747660
July 2003
Hardcover
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Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
Michael Eric Dyson
0465017614
February 28, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The first major book to be released about Hurricane Katrina, Dyson's volume not only chronicles what happened when, it also argues that the nation's failure to offer timely aid to Katrina's victims indicates deeper problems in race and class relations. Dyson's time lines will surely be disputed, his indictments of specific New Orleans failures defended or whitewashed. But these points are secondary. More important are the larger questions Dyson (Between God and Gangsta Rap, etc.) poses, such as "What do politicians sold on the idea of limited governance offer to folk who need, and deserve, the government to come to their aid?" "Does George Bush care about black people?" and "Do well-off black people care about poor black people?" With its abundance of buzz-worthy coinages, like "Aframnesia"...


Hurricane Camille
Philip D. Hearn
1578066557
Aug 2004
Hardcover
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Playboy Magazine, October, 2004, by Leopold Froehlich
"This book serves as the definitive account of Hurricane Camille."

Bookpage.com, August, 2004, by Edward Morris
"Hearn brings readers a cinematic reconstruction of the devastating storm... he still has a reporter's eye for precise detail."

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Hurricane Katrina: CNN Presents: State of Emergency
CNN News
0740758446
November 2005
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Book Description
CNN covered Katrina with the depth and breadth unmatched by any other news organization. Follow their coverage with this chronicle of the events leading up to and the aftermath of the century’s most devastating natural disaster.


Condemned to Repeat : The Paradox of Humanitarian Action
Fiona Terry
080148796X
June 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The director of research and former head of the French section of Medicins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Terry has written a compelling book about the failure of international humanitarian organizations to take into consideration a wider political context before providing aid. This shortsightedness, argues Terry, results in the paradox that humanitarian aid aimed at alleviating suffering instead sustains the oppressive action that caused it. In clear and concise analysis, she begins with the controversial claim that the aid agencies respond in knee-jerk fashion to any conflict without further investigating or even considering the ramifications of their aid. In four documented cases, Afghan camps in Pakistan, Salvadoran and Nicaraguan camps in Honduras, Cambodian camps in Thailand, and Rwandan camps in...


JOHNSTOWN FLOOD
David McCullough
0671207148
January 15, 1987
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Book Review
The history of civil engineering may sound boring, but in David McCullough's hands it is, well, riveting. His award-winning histories of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal were preceded by this account of the disastrous dam failure that drowned Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1889. Written while the last survivors of the flood were still alive, McCullough's narrative weaves the stories of the town, the wealthy men who owned the dam, and the forces of nature into a seamless whole. His account is unforgettable: "The wave kept on coming straight toward him, heading for the very heart of the city. Stores, houses, trees, everything was going down in front of it, and the closer it came, the bigger it seemed to grow.... The height of the wall of water was at least thirty-six feet at the center.... The drowning and devastation of...


Cry from the Deep
Ramsey Flynn
0066211719
Dec 2004
Bargain - Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A gripping and gruesome tale, this book is a superb account of the loss of the Russian submarine Kursk off northern Russia in August 2000. Long-range torpedoes fueled with hydrogen peroxide exploded in succession, which sank the submarine; a fifth of the crew of 118 survived the explosions, but probably did not last more than another eight hours. The Russian Northern Fleet failed to recognize the signs of an accident, failed to take any sort of constructive action with its limited resources, failed to inform political superiors, and didn't allow any cooperation with the efficient rescue gear of the NATO navies. Russian officials were then caught by the independent Russian media in several outright lies, which made for further scandal. Not that Western authorities were much more on the ball—the American and...


The Great Deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Douglas Brinkley
0061124230
May 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley, a professor at Tulane University, lived through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina with his fellow New Orleans residents, and now in The Great Deluge he has written one of the first complete accounts of that harrowing week, which sorts out the bewildering events of the storm and its aftermath, telling the stories of unsung heroes and incompetent officials alike. Get a sample of his story--and clarify your own memories--by looking through the detailed timeline he has put together of the preparation, the hurricane, and the response to one of the worst disasters in American history.



From Publishers Weekly
Historian Brinkley (Tour of Duty, etc.) opens his detailed examination of the awful events that took place on the Gulf...



Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers
Jim Reed
1560373776
October 2005
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Book Description
Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers offers a historic and unprecedented view inside a Category 5 hurricane—and of the devastating aftermath. Award-winning extreme-weather photographer Jim Reed and storm-chaser/videographer Mike Theiss document the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history at every stage, from the days in which the Gulf Coast prepared for the approaching hurricane and evacuation procedures began to the moments when the hurricane made it's monstrous landfall and wrecked havoc on the region.The compilation includes photographs of Louisiana, including New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Chilling "before and after" images demonstrate the power of this historic hurricane. Captions detailing personal stories and weather facts accompany the shocking images.


Love Always, Petra
Petra Nemcova, Jane Scovell
0446579130
December 5, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A true tale of courage, tragedy, and love.At the age of twenty-five, Petra Nemcova was leading a charmed life, complete with a busy modeling career (including a Sports Illustrated¨ cover), a handsome and loving photographer boyfriend, and a jetsetting lifestyle. This was a far cry from her childhood, which she spent under the specter of communism in the former Czechoslovakia.But her world changed forever on December 26, 2004 when a powerful tsunami hit the resort of Khaolak, Thailand, where she was vacationing with her boyfriend, Simon Atlee. As he was swept away by the fierce waves, Petra managed to cling to a tree for nearly eight hours, even as her pelvis was shattered by the ocean+s ferocious power and her legs lost all feeling.Petra+s remarkable grace under pressure and the brave rescue by heroic Thai natives...


Ten Hours Until Dawn
Michael Tougias
0312334354
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Before The Perfect Storm, there was the 1978 blizzard that lashed the Massachusetts coast with blinding snow, 90-mile-per-hour winds and 40-foot waves. Into the juggernaut sailed the small boat Can Do and its crew of five civilians on a doomed mission to assist two other vessels imperiled by the storm. As in The Perfect Storm, all hands were lost; but since the Can Do sank only a few agonizing miles from shore, there are records of terse radio transmissions to help the author recreate their last desperate hours. Journalist Tougias (The Blizzard of '78) fills out his absorbing account with lots of search-and-rescue procedural details, recollections from others who endured the monstrous seas of that hellish night and 300 years' worth of maritime disaster sagas. At times, the book feels padded with lengthy,...


Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center
Dennis Smith
0452283957
February 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In words as devastatingly heartbreaking as the photo on the book's cover, Smith uses his skill as a writer to capture the horrors of September 11, 2001. Smith is a retired New York City fireman and author of the bestselling Report from Engine Co. 82, so he is able to convey the mind-set of this "brotherhood." The firefighters, rescue workers, and police personnel who responded to the World Trade Center attack all went into this cataclysm to do their job-to rescue as many people as they possibly could. The author captures the raw emotion of the event as seen through the eyes of people who survived and also as a participant during the search and rescue mission. A cast of actors present the testimonies of survivors, making this work even more gripping. Excellently performed, Report from Ground Zero is highly...


Sudden Sea
R. A. Scotti
0316832111
Aug 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Former journalist and mystery novelist Scotti successfully applies her skills in both genres to this detailed retelling of the 1938 hurricane that ripped across seven Northeastern states and killed 682 people, "the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history-worse than the San Francisco earthquake, the Chicago fire, or any Mississippi flood." Although the enormity of the destruction has been written about before, Scotti focuses on "a few experiences that seem representative of many more" through interviews with hurricane survivors, their families and friends, as well as previously published recollections by survivors, including the late Katharine Hepburn. Scotti's detailed look at the general extent of the hurricane's destruction adds poignancy to individual stories, such as those of Joseph Matoes, who sees...


Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States
Kathleen J. Tierney
0309069998
November 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Facing the Unexpected presents the wealth of information derived from disasters around the world over the past 25 years. The authors explore how these findings can improve disaster programs, identify remaining research needs, and discuss disaster within the broader context of sustainable development. How do different people think about disaster? Are we more likely to panic or to respond with altruism? Why are 110 people killed in a Valujet crash considered disaster victims while the 50,000 killed annually in traffic accidents in the U.S. are not? At the crossroads of social, cultural, and economic factors, this book examines these and other compelling questions. The authors review the influences that shape the U.S. governmental system for disaster planning and response, the effectiveness of local emergency agencies,...


Disaster Medicine
Gregory Ciottone (Editor)
0323032532
May 31, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This brand-new reference offers comprehensive yet succinct guidance on the preparation, assessment, and management of a full range of disasters, both natural and man-made (including terrorist attacks and the threat of biological warfare.) Dr. Ciottone, recognized worldwide as an authority in the field, carefully outlines the basics of disaster management, and provides guidance on more than 100 specific disaster situations. Part 1 offers an A to Z source for information on every aspect of disaster medicine and management. Part 2 features an exhaustive compilation of every conceivable disaster event, organized to facilitate fast reference in a real-time setting. The second part of the book also serves as a quick consult on disaster medicine.

About the Author
Gregory R. Ciottone,...


The Greatest Firefighter Stories Never Told
Allan Zullo
0740728202
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center have become well-known-and rightfully so. But firefighters throughout America risk life and limb every day, many times without any acknowledgement whatsoever, let alone fame or fortune.In The Greatest Firefighter Stories Never Told, authors Mike Santangelo, Mara Bovsun and Allan Zullo have collected more than two dozen gripping accounts of America's bravest heroes, those who save lives every day as they rush in to rescue others. From airport firefighters to hazardous materials experts, from forest firefighters to high-elevation rescuers, from smoke jumpers to harbor firefighters, The Greatest Firefighter Stories Never Told captivates readers with its focus on the fresh and fascinating tales of real heroes and those they...


Principles of Emergency Planning and Management
David Alexander, Alexander
0195218388
March 15, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
As interest in planning for emergencies and disasters burgeons, and educational and training programs proliferate, Principles of emergency planning and management is the first book to meet the need for a concise yet comprehensive and systematic primer on how to prepare for a disaster.
Providing readers with a comprehensive, systematic, yet concise introduction to effective preparation for disasters, it provides a unified starting point encompassing the scattered and parochial literature in this nascent field of academic enquiry and practical endeavor.
The book provides a general introduction to the methods, procedures, protocols and strategies of emergency planning, with emphasis on situations in industrialized countries and the local level of organization (i.e. cities, municipalities, metropolitan areas and...


Living with Hazards, Dealing with Disasters: An Introduction to Emergency Management
William L. Waugh
0765601966
December 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Hurricane Andrew; Ethnicity, Gender and the Sociology of Disasters
WALTER PEACOCK
0415168112
November 24, 1997
Hardcover
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Review
...an important contribution to the literature on disasters...this is an excellent collection of original research on a major disaster event. It has many positive features....International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters

Book Description
Hurricane Andrew has proved to be the most costly natural disaster in US history. This book documents how Miami prepared, coped and responded to the hurricanes which slammed into one of the largest and most ethnically diverse metropolitan areas of the US. The essays explore how social, economic and political factors set the stage for Hurricane Andrew by influencing who was prepared, who was hit the hardest, and who was most likely to recover.

Disasters are often seen as natural physical phenomena that impact our...


Our Story
Quecreek Miners
0786890657
July 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The story of the nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for more than three days last July could have easily been sidetracked by aphorisms about America's post-September 11 can-do spirit and the like. But since this tale is mainly told via the miners' own words, it's a blessedly unsentimental and true-to-life account of a horrifying situation and a triumphant escape. Goodell (The Cyberthief and the Samurai: The True Story of Kevin Mitnick-And the Man Who Hunted Him Down) proves a knowing scribe for this story of adventure and endurance, alternating between filling in the setting when necessary and just letting the miners talk, oral history style. For example, one miner, John Unger, recalls, "To keep our spirits up, we talked about what we were going to do when we got out.... Nobody had...


Catastrophe: Risk and Response
Richard A. Posner
0195306473
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
During his career as a federal appeals court judge, Posner has become a prominently outspoken commentator on a variety of legal and cultural issues. Reading Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake, for example, was the springboard for this reflection on the current lack of plans for dealing with large-scale disasters, like environmental upheavals, after which law and public policy would be open to blame for failing to keep pace with rapid scientific advancement. Those familiar with Posner's extensive writings will not be surprised when he advocates applying cost-benefit analysis to determine which catastrophic threats are worth tackling first, though other suggestions will likely spark controversy. Criticizing the "blinkered perspective" of civil libertarians hung up on constitutional law, he finds certain...

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