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Americans at Risk Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now

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ISBN-10: 0307265269

ISBN-13: 9780307265265

Edition: 2006

Authors: Irwin Redlener

List price: $24.00
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This important book by one of our leading experts on disaster preparedness offers a compelling narrative about our nation's inability to properly plan for large-scale disasters and proposes changes that can still be made to assure the safety of its citizens. Five years after 9/11 and one year after Hurricane Katrina, it is painfully clear that the government's emergency response capacity is plagued by incompetence and a paralyzing bureaucracy. Irwin Redlener, who founded and directs the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, brings his years of experience with disasters and health care crises, national and international, to an incisive analysis of why our health care system, our…    
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/22/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Help on hold, lives at stake
The American health-care system : unready for prime time in an age of megadisasters
Natural megadisasters : not just business as usual
Terrorism : still vulnerable five years later
The build environment : a crumbling infrastructure and high-consequence industrial accidents waiting to happen
Special populations, special needs, and soft targets : why I'm worried about the vulnerability of America's children
Barrier 1 : goals and accountability - or random acts of preparedness?
Barrier 2 : failures of imagination : it's always in the details
Barrier 3 : missing and misplaced leadership : who's in charge?
Barrier 4 : the strange psychology of preparedness and why the public isn't buying
Introducing change
International models : who does it right? : and who doesn't?
Rational preparedness for an uncertain future : a nine-point plan
Final thoughts : coping and resiliency in a dangerous world
Beyond batteries and go packs : Redlener's eight principles of disaster preparedness and survival