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Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid

by Jessica Alexander

Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. But the world that she encountered...

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

by Rebecca Solnit

A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters

Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster? whether manmade or natural?people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave?...

Pox Americana

by Elizabeth A. Fenn

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,...

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios

by Lisa Bedford

From the creator of comes this first-of-its-kind guidebook for all the “prepper” moms keen to increase their family's level of preparedness for emergencies and crises of all shapes and...

Emergency Planning, Response, and Recovery

by Water Environment Federation

Helping your organization develop a preparedness strategy to lessen the economic, environmental, and social toll of disasters

Dark Wind

by John Jiler

September 25, 1985. The worst storm in half a century is headed towards the United States, her point of landfall--Fire Island, a narrow sandbar hugging the shore of Long Island. The East Coast is evacuated for...

Disaster Law

by Kristian Cedervall Lauta

Disasters and their management are today central to public and political agendas. Rather than being understood as exclusively acts of God and Nature, natural disasters are increasingly analysed as social vulnerability...

Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

by Kathryn Miles

The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other

The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard...

Philippines : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context. Growth remains rapid, but has moderated from the 7¼ percent recorded in 2013. Remittances and accommodative monetary and financial conditions remain the primary growth drivers, despite volatile...

Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

by Helen Caldicott

On the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts assembled at the prestigious New York Academy of...

Debt, Growth and Natural Disasters A Caribbean Trilogy

by Sebastian Acevedo Mejia

This paper seeks to determine the effects that natural disasters have on per capita GDP and on the debt to GDP ratio in the Caribbean. Two types of natural disasters are studied –storms and floods– given...

Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns

by Heike Egner & Marén|Voss, Martin Schorch

It is widely assumed that humanity should be able to learn from calamities (e.g., emergencies, disasters, catastrophes) and that the affected individuals, groups, and enterprises, as well as the concerned (disaster-)...

Journey to Chernobyl: Encounters in a Radioactive Zone

by Glenn Cheney

Glenn Cheney arrived in Kiev during those first days when the Soviet Union ceased to exist and Ukraine was reborn. Almost immediately he found himself talking with scientist, journalist, refugees, engineers,...

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...

Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903

by Anthony P. Hatch

This the 100th anniversary of one of worst man-made disasters of the 20th century. When the Iroquois Theatre opened in Chicago on November 23, 1903, it was considered one of the grandest structures of its day,...

Complexity in Urban Crisis Management: Amsterdam's Response to the Bijlmer Air Disaster

by U. Rosenthal & et al

First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Healing Your Grief When Disaster Strikes: 100 Practical Ideas for Coping After a Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, Earthquake, Wildfire, or Other Natural Dis

by Alan D. Wolfelt

When your family, neighborhood, city, or area of the country is affected by a natural disaster, it’s normal and necessary to feel grief and the traumatic experience of actually witnessing and surviving the...

Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora

by Lynn Weber & Lori Peek

Hurricane Katrina forced the largest and most abrupt displacement in U.S. history. About 1.5 million people evacuated from the Gulf Coast preceding Katrina's landfall. New Orleans, a city of 500,000, was nearly...

The Color of Loss: An Intimate Portrait of New Orleans after Katrina

by Andrei Codrescu & Dan Burkholder

The devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina has been imprinted in our collective visual memory by thousands of images in the media and books of dramatic photographs by Robert Polidori, Larry Towell,...

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

by David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman & Susan Q. Stranahan

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors....