Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters
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Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters

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In this riveting call to action by one of the leaders who managed the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, General Russel Honoré— famously called the “John Wayne Dude” by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin— encourages Americans to adopt a culture of disaster preparedness.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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The title of this book is a little misleading - it implies that it's a treatise on how-to with regard to disaster preparedness. In fact, only a single chapter of the book deals with this. The vast majority of the book is a fascinating look into the events leading up to and surrounding the US military's efforts in preparing for and responding to Hurricane Katrina and to a lesser extent, Hurricane Rita which followed it. The basic gist of the message, however, is that the "table top" exercises use...more
Winfield Danielson
Let me start by saying that I wasn't a fan of Lt. Gen. Russel Honore before I read this book, but now I am.

I think any book that changes your preconceptions, or at least challenges them, is worth reading. As a National Guard officer, I was a little put-off by Honore's high profile in the media during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was an active duty Army officer and I knew that the majority of the troops responding on the ground were National Guard. Why wasn't the Louisiana National Gua...more
Chuck Lowery
If you want to know what went wrong during Katrina and why even worse mistakes will be made in the future read this idiot's book. His suggestions alone will make you want to throw it in the garbage. Suggestions like removing police vehicles and personnel from a location 24 hours before a hurricane hits. Oh yeah ding bat lets let the looters go at it before all the water can slow them down! Or his suggestion to make evacuation of pets a priority. I am sure some father is going to be fine with his...more
John Weibull
One of the best books I've ever read. I learned a lot from General Honore, including about his life and how he rose through the ranks through adversity. The book is little light on actual preparedness steps and how to prepare, but if does a great job talking about Hurricane Katrina and some of the steps that went on behind the scenes, particularly from a federal level.
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