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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


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....


To the Rescue!: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

by Carolyn Matthews

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


Storm Surge

by Adam Sobel

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...


Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness

by Neil Swidey

The harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results

 

A quarter-century ago, Boston had...


Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience

by Minako Sakai, Edwin Jurriëns & Jian Zhang

A UN report recently found that the Asia Pacific is the world's most disaster-prone region. Indeed, considering that the region accounts for more than half of the total number of disasters in the world, building...


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

by Matthew Stein & James Wesley Rawles

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....