There are quite a few books available in the disaster field, many of them gripping stories of past catastrophic events that most of us have forgotten or were not even aware of. All make for good reading in a well-prepared household. Suggestions for additional titles are welcome.

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In the list below, clicking on either the cover image or the book title will take you to the Amazon website listing for the book. Encinitas CERT is not affiliated in any way with Amazon, and this does not constitute an endorsement. But they provide an easily accessible source of further information on the books, and they are providing the cover images.

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Cover:  The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why
Amanda Ripley


Cover:  Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook
Peggy Layton


Cover:  Organize for Disaster

Organize for Disaster
Judith Kolberg


Cover:  Resiliency in the Face of Disaster and Terrorism

Resiliency in the Face of Disaster and Terrorism
V. Kehayan, J. Napoli, L. Napoli


Cover:  Preparing for the Worst

Preparing for the Worst
James Schaefer Jones


Cover:  When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive ...

When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive …
Lundin, Miller, and Marchetti


Cover:  The Politics of Disaster: Katrina, Big Government ...

The Politics of Disaster: Katrina, Big Government …
Marvin Olaskey


Cover:  The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation

The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation
Stephen Flynn


Cover:  The Public Health Consequences of Disasters

The Public Health Consequences of Disasters
Eric K. Noji


Cover:  Path of Destruction: ... New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms

Path of Destruction: … New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms
John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein


Cover:  Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities

Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities
John Brown Childs


Cover:  The Great Delugei: Hurricane Katrina ...

The Great Delugei: Hurricane Katrina …
Douglas Brinkley


Cover:  Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
Eric Klinenberg


Cover:  The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906

The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906
Philip L. Fradkin


Cover:  San Francisco Is Burning: ... 1906 Earthquake and Fires

San Francisco Is Burning: … 1906 Earthquake and Fires
Dennis Smith


Cover:  Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
Simon Winchester


Cover:  The Great Influenza [1918]

The Great Influenza [1918]
John M. Barry


Cover:  America's Forgotten Pandemic [1918]

America’s Forgotten Pandemic [1918]
Alfred W. Crosby


Cover:  The Johnstown Flood [1889]

The Johnstown Flood [1889]
David McCullough


Cover:  The Great Hurricane: 1938

The Great Hurricane: 1938
Cherie Burns


Cover:  Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938
R.A. Scotti


Cover:  The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster

The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster
Gary Krist


Cover:  The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina

The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina
Ivor van Heerden & Mike Bryan


Cover:  Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935

Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
Willie Drye


Cover:  Earthquakes in Human History

Earthquakes in Human History
Jelle Zeilinga de Boer & Donald Theodore Sanders


Cover:  Leading People Through Disasters: An Action Guide

Leading People Through Disasters: An Action Guide
Kathryn McKee & Liz Guthridge


Cover:  Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming

Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming
Max H. Bazerman & Michael D. Watkins


Cover:  Tragedies of American History: 13 Stories ...

Tragedies of American History: 13 Stories …
Ace Collins


Cover:  Flu : The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic [1918]

Flu : The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic [1918]
Gina Kolata


Cover:  Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina ...

Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina …
Jed Horne