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Introduction to International Disaster Management

by Damon P. Coppola

Disaster management is a vibrant and growing field, driven by government spending in the wake of terrorist attacks and environmental debacles, as well as private-sector hiring of risk managers and emergency...


The Children's Blizzard

by David Laskin

Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise...


Cascadia's Fault: The Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America

by Jerry Thompson

There’s a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction...


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...


Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park

by Greg Breining

Despite growing evidence of geothermic activity under America's first and foremost national park, it took geologists a long time to realize that there was actually a volcano beneath Yellowstone. And then, why...


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...


Texas Earthquakes

by Cliff Frohlich & Scott D. Davis

When nature goes haywire in Texas, it isn't usually an earthshaking event. Though droughts, floods, tornadoes, and hail all keep Texans talking about the unpredictable weather, when it comes to earthquakes,...


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...


The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue

by Dyan deNapoli

ON JUNE 23, 2000, the iron-ore carrier MV Treasure, en route from Brazil to China, foundered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, spilling 1,300 tons of oil into the ocean and contaminating the habitat...


The Coming Global Superstorm

by Art Bell & Whitley Strieber

Killer tornadoes. Violent tropical storms. Devastating temperatures. Are these just the prelude to an unprecedented environmental disaster in our near future?

Two of America's leading investigators of unexplained...


Overboard!: A True Blue-Water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival

by Michael J. Tougias

From masterful storyteller Michael J. Tougias comes a new, heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster, his most thrilling and amazing story yet.

In May 2005, Tom Tighe, captain of a forty-five-foot-long...


The Ravaging Tide

by Mike Tidwell

If, like many Americans, you believe the ongoing tragedy of Hurricane Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime fluke, you need to read this book. In the coming years and decades, the safety of your region, your town,...


Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone

by Joshua Clark

Try it. Right now. Picture the lights going off in the room you're sitting in. The computer, the air conditioning, phones, everything. Then the people, every last person in your building, on the street outside,...


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 White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

by Mckay Jenkins

In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy...


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?


Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History

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