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To the Rescue!: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

by Carolyn Matthews Dundurn (May 28, 2005)

Ordinary people become heroes in extraordinary circumstances - a ski accident, a missing child, a thrilling sea rescue.


Storm Surge

by Adam Sobel Harper Wave (October 14, 2014)

A renowned scientist takes us through the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain our planet’s changing climate, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and our cities...


When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival

by Matthew Stein & James Wesley Rawles Chelsea Green Publishing (November 16, 2011)

Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances....


Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout

by Bob Cavnar Chelsea Green Publishing (October 22, 2010)

Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, which led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. Cavnar uses...


When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition

by Matthew Stein Chelsea Green Publishing (August 18, 2008)

There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares...


Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina

by Michael Gavin Scarecrow Press (December 06, 2012)

In Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina, Michael Gavin explores how columnists have written about sports’ role in the national recovery from specific tragedies. Beginning with John F....


Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

by Eugenie L. Birch & Susan M. Wachter University of Pennsylvania Press (January 09, 2013)

This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, reestablishing economic viability, responding to...


The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake

by Dany Laferrière, David Homel & Michaëlle Jean Arsenal Pulp Press (December 07, 2012)

A moving eyewitness account of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath by the acclaimed Haitian Canadian writer.


The Big Truck That Went By

by Jonathan M. Katz St. Martin's Press (January 07, 2013)

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti,...


Disaster Survival Preparation - What Food and Supplies to Purchase Now For Emergency Survival - And Much More - 101 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, T

by Meredith Heath Emereo Publishing (October 24, 2012)

Disaster Survival Preparation - What Food and Supplies to Purchase Now For Emergency Survival - And Much More - 101 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice on Survival and Emergency


Disaster

by Christopher Cooper & Robert Block Times Books (March 31, 2007)

Based on exclusive interviews, the inside story of how America's emergency response system failed and how it remains dangerously broken

When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005,...


Hell on Earth

by David L. Porter & Lee Reeder Forge Books (April 27, 2009)

The world is burning, and it appears that we are to blame. Conditions that create large-scale fire disasters are occurring more frequently every year, spurred on by global warming. And the potential for damage,...


The Graves Are Walking

by John Kelly Henry Holt and Co. (August 20, 2012)

A magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind--the Great Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great Mortality

Deeply researched,...


Pox Americana

by Elizabeth A. Fenn Hill and Wang (October 01, 2002)

The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth

A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began,...


Flu

by Gina Kolata Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 31, 2011)

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children...


The Cure for Catastrophe

by Robert Muir-Wood Basic Books (September 05, 2016)

We can't stop natural disasters but we can stop them being disastrous. One of the world's foremost risk experts tells us how.

Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities...


Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters

by Scott B. Williams Ulysses Press (October 18, 2011)

A CATACLYSMIC DISASTER STRIKES YOUR AREA.

How will you evacuate your family to safety?

Do you have a vehicle you can count on?

Can it double as a mobile retreat, or do you

have a shelter prepared in advance?

What’s...


The Prepper's Pocket Guide

by Bernie Carr & Evan Wondolowski Ulysses Press (July 12, 2011)

BE PREPARED

BE SAFE

From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, you can’t escape that inevitable day when catastrophe strikes your home town -- but you...


The Nautical Prepper

by William E. Simpson Ulysses Press (September 17, 2013)

THE SMART BUG-OUT PLAN

When a catastrophic disaster strikes and lawless looting puts land-based shelters at risk, escaping on a boat is absolutely the best way to keep your family together, self-sufficient and...


150 Survival Secrets

by James C. Jones Skyhorse (February 19, 2019)

As the world gets more dangerous, you have to be prepared for anything, even the worst. In 150 Survival Secrets, seasoned survivalist James C. Jones provides insider tips to help you and your family survive...


The Boys in the Cave

by Matt Gutman HarperAudio (November 13, 2018)

From award-winning ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman, and written using exclusive interviews and information comes the definitive account of the dramatic story that gripped the world: the miracle...


Dispatches from the Edge

by Anderson Cooper HarperAudio (May 23, 2006)

From one of America's leading reporters comes a deeply personal, extraordinarily powerful look at the most volatile crises he has witnessed around the world, from New Orleans to Baghdad and beyond.

Dispatches...


Run the Storm

by George Michelsen Foy & L.J. Ganser Simon & Schuster Audio (May 01, 2018)

In the bestselling tradition of The Perfect Storm and The Finest Hours, “an exquisitely written and dramatic book…a literary page-turner” (Doug Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers...


Scent of the Missing

by Susannah Charleson Blackstone Publishing (April 14, 2010)

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper: an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search...


Rescue of the Bounty

by Michael J. Tougias, Douglas A. Campbell & Tom Weiner Blackstone Publishing (April 07, 2015)

Rescueof the Bounty is the harrowing story of the sinkingand rescue of Bounty--the tall shipused in the classic 1962 film Mutiny onthe Bounty--which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteenaboard....


Katrina

by Gary Rivlin & Johnny Heller Blackstone Publishing (May 10, 2016)

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana, journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm's immediate damage, the city of New Orleans' efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting...


A Storm Too Soon

by Michael J. Tougias & Charlie Thurston Blackstone Publishing (February 15, 2014)

A heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster,survival, and daring rescue from a master storyteller

Seventy-foot waves batter a torn life raft 250 miles out tosea in one of the world's most dangerous places,...


In Deep Water

by Peter Lehner, Tom Weiner & Bob Deans Blackstone Publishing (October 15, 2010)

Deepwater Horizon was supposed to be the cutting edge of energy exploration: drilling five thousand feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the $560 million rig would be indispensable in helping to solve...


Ten Hours until Dawn

by Michael J. Tougias & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

During the height of the blizzard of 1978, a tanker foundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat that was soon in trouble, too. A pilot-boat captain, Frank Quirk,...


The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe

by Steven J. Picou, David Overfelt, David L. Brunsma & Anna M. Kleiner et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2010)

The second edition of The Sociology of Katrina again brings together the nation's top sociological researchers in an effort to catalogue and deepen our understanding of the modern catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina....


Out of the Whirlwind

by Philip J. Palin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 31, 2019)

Out of the Whirlwind is a novel-like narrative report on how demand and supply networks in Puerto Rico responded to the impact of Hurricane Maria. Particular attention is given to water, food, and fuel. Both...


The Pocket Disaster Survival Guide

by Harris J. Andrews & J. Alexander Bowers Skyhorse (April 01, 2010)

Whether it's a hurricane bearing down on a home near the coast or a power line downed in a snowstorm near a car, are you prepared for these situations? This slim handbook will provide you with all the information...


The Armageddon Survival Handbook

by Rainer Stahlberg Skyhorse (November 24, 2010)

Growing up in Soviet-dominated Hungary, Rainer Stahlberg developed an increasing wariness of the world around him. When he was wounded in the Hungarian uprising of 1956, he resolved to never be caught unprepared...


The Disaster Preparedness Handbook

by Arthur T. Bradley Skyhorse (July 20, 2011)

Let survival expert, Army veteran, NASA scientist help you and your family prepare for any kind of disaster--flood, civil unrest, hurricane, fire, war, earthquake.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, the world spins...


What to Do When the Shit Hits the Fan

by David Black Skyhorse (January 02, 2014)

Recent events have taught us all that anyone, anywhere can face an emergency situation. Do you have the tools, equipment, and knowledge to ensure the safety of your family? With the expert advice in this handbook,...


Weather Disasters

by Mark D. Williams & Amy Becker Williams Skyhorse (August 21, 2018)

Floods. Blizzards. Landslides. Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Severe weather happens every day across the globe. We see and hear of the devastating consequences whenever we tune into the evening news: property...


Riding through Katrina with the Red Baron's Ghost

by J. Malcolm Garcia Arcade (August 21, 2018)

The first book that J. Malcolm Garcia ever bought would impact his life in a way that the then twelve-year-old could have never imagined. The Day the Red Baron Died plunged Garcia into the intrigue and excitement...


The Homeowner's Hurricane Handbook

by Bob Stearns Skyhorse (July 01, 2009)

With chapters such as Nature of the Beast, to What To Expect In The Aftermath, the Hurricane Preparedness Handbook is a how-to guide for dealing with hurricanes before, during, and afterincluding understanding...


Miracle in the Cave

by Liam Cochrane HarperOne (January 08, 2019)

Featuring never-before-reported details and exclusive interviews with the boys and their coach, the inspiring true story of how twelve members of the Wild Boar Academy Football Club and their coach survived...


The Boys in the Cave

by Matt Gutman William Morrow (November 13, 2018)

From award-winning ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman, and written using exclusive interviews and information comes the definitive account of the dramatic story that gripped the world: the miracle...


Rising Water

by Marc Aronson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 19, 2019)

The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue.

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were...


Igniting the Caribbean's Past

by Bonham C. Richardson The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

Unlike the earthquakes and hurricanes that have influenced Caribbean history, the region's fires have almost always been caused by humans. Geographer Bonham C. Richardson explores the effects of fire in the...


Grenfell Hope

by Gaby Doherty SPCK (June 14, 2018)

Gaby and her husband Sean and their four children live in a flat across from Grenfell Tower, and Sean (a Church of England minister) was the first clergy person on the scene. This book stems from personal experience...


Getting to Zero

by Sinéad Walsh & Oliver Johnson Zed Books (July 15, 2018)

  • A gripping, first-hand account of the harrowing decisions and uplifting encounters experienced by the authors in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

  • Co-author Oliver Johnson received an OBE following his work...

Humanitarian Action and Ethics

by James Smith, Ayesha Ahmad & Hugo Slim Zed Books (June 15, 2018)

  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date work on humanitarian ethics currently available.
  • Brings together contributions from humanitarian and health professionals, philosophers and social/political scientists.
  • Many...


Food Aid in Sudan

by Susanne Jaspars Zed Books (May 15, 2018)

  • Totally unique in examining the evolution and effects of food aid practices in one country over a period of more than 50 years.

  • Rich in empirical material - based on extensive interviews with all those involved...

Critical Environmental Communication

by Murdoch Stephens Lexington Books (April 15, 2018)

How do contemporary critical thinkers find a way to work between the doubt that grounds their thinking and the knowing needed to ground emancipatory political struggles? In this overview of four contemporary...


Governing Disaster in Urban Environments

by Julia Nevárez Lexington Books (April 02, 2018)

Governing Disaster in Urban Environments: Climate Change Preparation and Adaption after Hurricane Sandy is a comprehensive account of relevant debates, conceptualizations, and practical considerations for the...


We Fed an Island

by Jose Andres Anthony Bourdain/Ecco (September 11, 2018)

FOREWORD BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND LUIS A. MIRANDA, JR.

The true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more

Chef José...


Run the Storm

by George Michelsen Foy Scribner (May 01, 2018)

In the bestselling tradition of The Perfect Storm and The Finest Hours, “an exquisitely written and dramatic book…a literary page-turner” (Doug Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers...