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

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It seems as though the frequency of natural disasters occurring around the nation and the world is increasing. Every day, there are new stories about earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and forest fires ravaging some part of the globe. There's also the threat of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. More than ever before, we need to think about the unthinkable and not depen...more
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Published May 5th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Nadir
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
Marcia
First of all, the title of this book is misleading. It is 95% about government preparedess, and only about 5% personal preparedness. So I was a bit dissapointed about that. The personal info it does give is good, but probably the same as you'd find in any other book.

What this book really is, is the story of Gen. Russel Honore (one of the leading people- if not THE lead) on the ground durning the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. It is his version of what happened, what went right, what went wrong,...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
Norbert
The book is explaining all the process related to the Katrina hurricane recovery.

So just to start with the title is misleading completely.
First person book where the General explains how he dealt with all the issues that the hurricane created, from saving people to moving those blocked in the city to shelter.
But it is so selfish!!
The only thing I found interesting, probably for a foreign person like me, was all the mess of agencies and responsibilities and ownership issues that he had to deal wi...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
Christine
From the title, front cover, and back cover, you'd think this is a book about disaster prep with advice and tips from an army officer with experience in responding to disasters. You'd be wrong. Instead, it's a rather self-congratulatory memoir about the author's time in New Orleans directing army operations after hurricane Katrina. What prepping advice it offers is directed at government (from federal down to city), not individuals.
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.
Nico
Mar 07, 2012 Nico is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
If I were Honore's editor: I would have fought to the bloody end to have the word "How" removed from the title of this book.

Also, before you take the people of Korea to task for not always being thrilled at the US military presence, please remember that it was the Allied Forces who split Korea, not the Koreans.
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