Understanding the Effects of Disasters and People

Within the past two weeks, individuals across America have remembered the tragic disasters of both Hurricane Katrina and September 11th, 2001. Many southern states are currently experiencing a sequence of hurricanes with Hurricane Ike expected to arrive in the next 24 hours.

Amanda Ripley, a senior writer at TIME Magazine has traveled throughout the world studying all types of disasters. Amanda was in both New York City and New Orleans studying natural and man made disasters. Amanda has written a book titled, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why which explains why people do what they do in a disaster and how we can do better in response to disasters. In order to better understand how individuals respond in a disaster and after disasters, check Amanda Ripley’s book out either on the web or your local book store.

In order to be better prepared for when a disaster happens either at home or at the office, make sure you have a plan, get a kit and be informed!

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