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Introduction to Emergency Management

Introduction to Emergency Management Lowest new price: $38.39
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Author: Michael K. Lindell

The recent devastation caused by tsunamis, hurricanes and wildfires highlights the need for highly trained professionals who can develop effective strategies in response to these disasters. This invaluable resource arms readers with the tools to address all phases of emergency management. It covers everything from the social and environmental processes that generate hazards to vulnerability analysis, hazard mitigation, emergency response, and disaster recovery.

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Forgotten Tragedies

Forgotten Tragedies Lowest new price: $14.99
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Author: Bob Dlugos



Imagine a deadly terrorist bomb attack on American school kids. Or a sinking ocean liner that claims six times the number of lives lost in the Titanic disaster. Or an attack of deadly snakes on a town leaving fifty dead.


This is the premise behind Forgotten Tragedies. This eye-opening new book explores a number of tragic events, worldwide but mostly in the U.S. that have largely been wiped from public memory. These are tragedies with great human consequence, both at the hands of man and mother nature. These events include calamities which have faded into the fabric of time, but should be remembered for their level of heartbreaking catastrophe.


“One witness said the flood was like a ‘huge hill rolling over and over.’ A train engineer saved many lives when he saw the flood coming, by throwing his engine in reverse, whistle blaring, to warn the people, until the flood reached the engine and tossed it aside like a toy. The engineer survived, but at least 50 people on the train died.”


“Long before cable news, these stories of diabolical minds and tremendous tragedy captured our hearts and united America in hope and prayer. Updates crackles over the radio and blared from front pages. Bob’s book captures these fascinating, bizarre and unimaginable firsts in a book that reads like a charcuterie board... bite-sized, meaty enough to fill in the blank spots in your history memory bank or launch you on a quest to learn even more. Learn more in a few pages than in an hour long documentary, this dictionary of disaster is right-sized doses of drama and it’s all real. A great gift and a must for your coffee table.”—Chris Burrous, News Anchor, KTLA-5 Los Angeles

“Dramatic accounts of the strange and bizarre moments of numerous forgotten tragedies. For lovers of quirky history, this is a fascinating glimpse into the Forgotten Tragedies of the past that cry out to be remembered. This book has something for everyone, the short stories are full of historical facts and drama without being too overwhelming. From the Great Molasses Flood to one of the first televised tragedies that brought a nation together, Forgotten Tragedies will leave you wanting more.”—Michelle Pennell, book critic

"You don't have to be a 'Debbie Downer' to get something out of these twisted tales of misery and mayhem. They're bite-sized bits of history. An easy collection stories to pick up and hard to put down."—Mai Do, former news anchor

“Fascinating and compelling. A detailed walk through some of histories headliners that is thoroughly engaging. A page turner that in the end, left me wanting more.”—Toni Forster, Children's Author

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Wave Lowest new price: $6.91
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Author: Sonali Deraniyagala
Brand: Vintage Books

One of The New York Times's 10 Best Books of the Year, a Christian Science Monitor Best Nonfiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Books pick, a People magazine Top 10 pick, a Good Reads Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist

In 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family—parents, husband, sons—were swept away by a tsunami. Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: In an unblinking act of storytelling, Sonali Deraniyagala ruthlessly chronicles the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that horrifically snatched from her all that mattered. Throughout this fierce and furious book, I kept wondering how someone who lost so much could write about it with such power, economy and grace. At first, she shrieks and grieves openly, angrily; for years she remains stunned and staggered, shamed by “the outlandish truth of me.” Then, slowly, she allows herself to remember, sharing vivid glimpses of her past. We see, hear, and smell two rowdy little boys, their brotherly scuffling, their muddy shoes and grass stains. By confronting and recreating moments that make us laugh and weep, we accept their absence and root for the author not to quit. Difficult to describe, tricky to recommend, this is a bold and wondrous book. In a wounded voice that manages to convey the snide, sarcastic, funny, and fatalistic personality that survives beneath the pain, Deraniyagala slowly pieces together the elements that represent the life--the lives--she lost. And she brings them back. For us, for her, for them. So brave, so beautiful, in these pages Deraniyagala’s family is brilliantly alive. And so is she. --Neal Thompson


  • Vintage Books

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Prepper's Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

Prepper's Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary Lowest new price: $6.88
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Author: Jim Cobb
Brand: Ulysses Press

Does your disaster preparation plan include security measures? When civilization fails and the desperate masses begin looting, they will come for your food, water and life-sustaining supplies. This book shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense, including:
• Perimeter Security Systems and Traps
• House Fortifications and Safe Rooms
• Secured and Hidden Storage
• Firearms and Defensive Combat Techniques
• Gathering Intelligence and Forming Alliances


  • Prepper s Home Defense Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

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Handbook of Disaster Research (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research)

Handbook of Disaster Research (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research) Lowest new price: $67.41
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Brand: Havidan Rodriguez

This timely Handbook is based on the principle that disasters are social constructions and focuses on social science disaster research. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to disasters with theoretical, methodological, and practical applications. Attention is given to conceptual issues dealing with the concept "disaster" and to methodological issues relating to research on disasters. These include Geographic Information Systems as a useful research tool and its implications for future research. This seminal work is the first interdisciplinary collection of disaster research as it stands now while outlining how the field will continue to grow.


  • Handbook of Disaster Research

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Social Vulnerability to Disasters, Second Edition

Social Vulnerability to Disasters, Second Edition Lowest new price: $72.49
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Brand: CRC Press

The 2010 Haiti and Chili earthquakes, the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in Japan are but a few examples of recent catastrophic events that continue to reveal how social structure and roles produce extensive human suffering and differential impacts on individuals and communities. These events bring social vulnerability to the forefront in considering how disasters unfold, clearly revealing that disasters are not created from the physical event alone. Equally important, people―even those considered vulnerable―respond in innovative and resilient ways that unveil the strength of human ingenuity and spirit. It is not a foregone conclusion that a hazard event, even a large one, will result in catastrophic loss.

This updated second edition of Social Vulnerability to Disasters focuses on the social construction of disasters, demonstrating how the characteristics of an event are not the only reason that tragedies unfurl. By carefully examining and documenting social vulnerabilities throughout the disaster management cycle, the book remains essential to emergency management professionals, the independent volunteer sector, homeland security, and related social science fields, including public policy, sociology, geography, political science, urban and regional planning, and public health. The new edition is fully updated, more international in scope, and incorporates significant recent disaster events. It also includes new case studies to illustrate important concepts.

By understanding the nuances of social vulnerability and how these vulnerabilities compound one another, we can take steps to reduce the danger to at-risk populations and strengthen community resilience overall.

Features and Highlights from the Second Edition:

  • Contains contributions from leading scholars, professionals, and academics, who draw on their areas of expertise to examine vulnerable populations
  • Incorporates disaster case studies to illustrate concepts, relevant and seminal literature, and the most recent data available
  • In addition to highlighting the U.S. context, integrates a global approach and includes numerous international case studies
  • Highlights recent policy changes and current disaster management approaches
  • Infuses the concept of community resilience and building capacity throughout the text
  • Includes new chapters that incorporate additional perspectives on social vulnerability
  • Instructor’s guide, PowerPoint® slides, and test bank available with qualifying course adoption


  • CRC Press

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Managing Fire and Emergency Services (Icma Green Book)

Managing Fire and Emergency Services (Icma Green Book) Lowest new price: $96.98
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This new revised edition of the 2002 best-selling text and training book, covers all the nuts and bolts of organizing and deploying resources, including organizational structure, fire station location planning, fiscal management, maintenance and replacement of vehicles and equipment, and personnel practices. The coverage of human resource management includes recruitment and selection, promotion, diversity, labor relations, and the impact of external mandates. The section on leadership explores best management practices, employee empowerment, and implementing change. Coverage also includes: fire prevention and life safety education, technology and information management, terrorism and disaster preparedness, intergovernmental cooperation, risk management, legal, liability, and regulatory issues, plus health and wellness.


  • Each chapter provides a level of understanding sufficient for action on the topic.
  • The content is designed to meet the National Fire Academy's "Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education" (FESHE) model curriculum guidelines for its course, "Fire and Emergency Services Administration."
  • 150 sidebars throughout the text illustrate leading practices from local case studies, expert analysis, and current research.
  • Every chapter presents historical and current information with the purpose of directing the reader into effective and efficient actions.
  • Chapters describe fully updated regulations, standards, and liability in key areas including human resource management.

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Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice (Crisis Intervention)

Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice (Crisis Intervention) Lowest new price: $87.50
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Author: James Halpern
Brand: Cengage Learning

Prepare for disaster with DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH: THEORY AND PRACTICE! This tool in disaster preparedness and planning presents a theoretical integration and context for what disaster mental health is and what it is not. A practical discussion of a range of mental health interventions appropriate in the wake of a disaster helps you effectively prepare to respond to a disaster of any kind.


  • Used Book in Good Condition

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Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management

Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management Lowest new price: $68.42
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Author: Tanveer Islam
Brand: imusti

Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management introduces readers to mitigation, one of the four foundational phases of emergency management, and to the hazard mitigation planning process.

Authors Islam and Ryan review the hazard mitigation framework in both private sector and governmental agencies, covering the regulatory and legal frameworks for mitigation, as well as risk assessment processes and strategies, and tools and techniques that can prevent, or lessen, the impact of disasters.

The book specifically addresses hazards posed by human activity, including cyber threats and nuclear accidents, as well as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. Readers will learn about the framework for the mitigation process, hazard identification, risk assessment, and the tools and techniques available for mitigation.

Coverage includes both GIS and HAZUS, with tutorials on these technologies, as well as case studies of best practices in the United States and around the world. The text is ideal for students, instructors, and practitioners interested in reducing, or eliminating, the effects of disasters.

  • Takes an all-hazards approach, covering terror attacks and accidents, as well as natural disasters
  • Reviews the hazard mitigation framework in both private sector and governmental agencies, covering the regulatory and legal frameworks for mitigation
  • Provides a step-by-step process for creating a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)
  • Addresses the needs of local, state, and federal emergency management agencies and of the private sector, including IT mitigation


  • Elsevier Science Technology

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Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima Lowest new price: $11.15
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Author: James Mahaffey
Brand: James Mahaffey

A gripping narrative of nuclear mishaps and meltdowns around the globe, all of which have proven pivotal to the advancement of nuclear science.

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.

Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom―and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.

16 pages of color and B&W images, charts and graphs throughout


  • Atomic Accidents A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

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