Are YOU Ready?

How can you ever feel ready for a disaster?  Watching the courage and calm as the citizens of Japan recover from the three major disasters one right after the other; a 9 point earthquake, followed by tsunami, and then the nuclear power plant meltdowns.  Saddened by these events,  but also moved by their spirit, we reflect on our own preparedness for a similar disaster in our homeland.   The following books may help you feel more ready and also more compassionate for those who are suffering now.

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To understand the beauty of Japan and its unique culture…

Lonely Planet Discover Japan, 2010 / Chris Rowthorn … [et al.]

Color-coded sections on each country’s major regions feature full-color maps, insider tips and a section that includes inspiration from websites, books, music and movies (a nice touch). Those looking for a speedy, fun and memorable immersion into another country should try this.  Baker & Taylor.

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Earthquakes : Plate Tectonics and Earthquake Hazards / Timothy Kusky

Earthquakes focuses on the furious power of nature unleashed and the massive devastation that is often a result of the relentless forces that build up within the Earth. Presenting the main ideas of plate tectonics, this comprehensive and insightful reference provides readers with an understanding of how, why, and where most earthquakes occur.   Facts on File.

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How to Survive Anything, Anywhere : A Handbook of Survival Skills / Chris McNab

Leading survival writer Chris McNab has assembled the know-how of dozens of military and outdoors experts to create the definitive handbook for overcoming perilous situations in any environment.  The book also offers a complete section on urban survival strategies, including staying safe on public transportation and how to find and construct shelters.    McGraw Hill.

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The Unthinkable : Who Survives When Disaster Strikes/ Amanda Ripley

It lurks in the corner of our imagination, almost beyond our ability to see it: the possibility that a tear in the fabric of life could open up without warning, upending a house, a skyscraper, or a civilization.  Amanda Ripley, an award-winning journalist for Time magazine who has covered some of the most devastating disasters of our age, set out to discover what lies beyond fear and speculation. In this magnificent work of investigative journalism, Ripley retraces the human response to some of history’s epic disasters.   Random House.

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Power to Save the World  / Gwyneth Cravens

A thought-provoking, critical analysis of nuclear energy takes a close-up look at the facts, fears, and myths about this energy resource, offering a detailed assessment of its risks and benefits while refuting familiar arguments against nuclear power and calling for its sensible exploitation as a safe energy source and a solution to the problem of global warming.  Baker & Taylor.

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Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best/ Donna R. Childs

 This essential, must-have guide is the only contingency guide you will need to ensure your company’s recovery from a disaster and your continued success.  Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Businesses presents you with proven guidelines for your small or midsized business to effectively prepare for catastrophes.  Backing up files, handling insurance claims, getting your company up and running again are all covered.   Wiley.

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness / Maurice A. Ramirez and John Hedtke

Citing a rise in the frequency of natural and human-made disasters, an accessible reference shares advice on how to prepare a home or office and includes coverage of such topics as insurance, evacuation plans, and organizing emergency packs.   Baker & Taylor.

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Disaster Preparedness for Dummies [DVD]

The popular For Dummies team has produced this helpful guide which offers a wealth of information on how to prepare for the worst. Taking their patented easy-to-follow approach–which, as the brand name suggests, should be easy to follow–this is a great way for viewers to make their lives less susceptible to disaster if, and when, it strikes.    Baker & Taylor.

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…and finally, if it’s all just too muchtry this humorous point of view… and as they say go forth and laugh!

Earth (the book) or (audio book) : A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race / Jon Stewart…[et al.]

When the going gets tough, the tough make jokes. We’re in a recession, getting older, and the Earth is melting, but there’s humor to be had. (No, really!) This book puts a humorous spin on what it’s like to be us. Go forth and laugh!  Bookpage.

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