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Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy

by Sophie Cunningham

Warning is the definitive account of one of the most frightening extreme weather events our country has ever seen.

When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at Christmas 1974, the weather became not just a living...


Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

by Andrea Miller, Shearon Roberts & Victoria LaPoe

Along the Gulf Coast, history is often referenced as pre-Katrina or post-Katrina. However, the natural disaster that appalled the world in 2005 has been joined by another catastrophe, this one man-made--the...


Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

by Michael J. Tougias & Douglas A. Campbell

The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard

On Thursday, October...


Prepping: The Ultimate Survival Guide: The Guide to Surviving Any Disaster

by Eliza Plum

"Prepping: The Ultimate Survival Guide" is a great way to help the novice to be prepared for an emergency. The ultimate prepper need not have this guide as they will already be prepared for any disaster. This...


Storm Chasers

by Paul Quarrington

Few people seek out the tiny Caribbean island of Dampier Cay—visitors usually wash up there by accident. But this weekend, three people are flying to the island, not for a tan or fun in the sun, but because...


Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy

by Robert Brinkmann

Below the live oaks, palm trees, cypress swamps, and springs, water is slowly wearing away the limestone bedrock of Florida. The erosion is often unseen, and over time it can result in shocking cave-ins like...


The Severn Tsunami?: The Story of Britain's Greatest Natural Disaster

by Mike Hall

On 30 January 1607 a huge wave, over 7m high, swept up the River Severn, flooding the land on either side. The wall of water reached as far in land as Bristol and Cardiff. It swept away everything in its path,...


There's A Polar Bear In The Fridge

by Gypsy Wulff & Ryan Jones

Polar bears are supposed to live where there is plenty of ice and snow. Why would one be living in a fridge in the city?


The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire

by Sandra Millers Younger

The Fire Outside My Window reveals the story of the Cedar Fire, the largest fire in California’s recorded history, which ravaged the San Diego area in late 2003, burning nearly 280,000 acres, destroying more...


Severe Weather

by National Geographic

Severe weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes have increased fourfold in the last two decades, shaking the foundations of our existence. Weather-related tragedies have fascinated humans throughout time....


Managing Adaptation to Climate Risk: Beyond Fragmented Responses

by Geoff O'Brien & Phil O'Keefe

Resilience has become the new buzz word - in Government, Health, Energy and Disaster Management sectors. Climate change is the single largest threat to sustainable development, and addressing climate risk is...


Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself

by Peggy Shinn

Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, from the perspective of Vermonters who rebuilt their state


Prepper's Guide to Surviving Natural Disasters: How to Prepare for Real-World Emergencies

by James D. Nowka

Real disasters - floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, chemical spills - occur every year. Prepper's Guide to Natural Disasters skips the hype and hysteria of less likely, apocalyptic scenarios and helps you...


When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

by Michael J. Benton

"Michael Benton's splendid book brings back to Earth Science a sense of adventure. . . . It is both a wonderfully good read and a valued reference." —James Lovelock, author of Gaia and Homage to Gaia

Today...


The Torrent: Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, January 2011

by Amanda Gearing

Based on exclusive interviews with survivors, rescuers, and with the families and friends of victims of Queensland’s catastrophic summer of 2011, this is a powerful account of human courage. Of all the stories...


Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir

by Marie Porter & Michael Porter

After a morning spent running errands for their new home, Marie and Michael Porter's lives were turned upside down -along with the lives of thousands of others. On the afternoon of May 22, 2011, North Minneapolis...


Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

by Sandi Doughton

Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen--in fact...


Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps

by Malcolm G. Anderson

Many areas of the world are at risk from landslides and their consequences; rainfall-triggered landslides particularly affect developing countries in the tropics. Rapid urbanization and the associated growth...


Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth

by Craig Childs

The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes readers on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching...


A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet

by Jennifer Woodlief

FIVE INJURED CLIMBERS. TEN SEASONED RANGERS. ONE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE.

On the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six vacationing mountain climbers ascended the peak of the Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rain and...