natural disasters

The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

By Naomi Klein
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Rated by Helen H.
Jul 13, 2018

In 78 short pages, Klein explains the challenges facing Puerto Ricans before, during, and after Hurricane Maria. We know from spotty news coverage that many are still without power and water, but Klein presents the even bigger threat posed by billionaires that want to turn Puerto Rico into a tax haven paradise. Complete with surfing and support from local government officials.

Meanwhile, native Puerto Ricans remain committed to a self-sufficient island that produces its own food and solar power on a micro-grid system that protects from outages. They are building resilience and hope for

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital

By Sheri Fink

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Jun 11, 2015

Sheri Fink is an incredible investigator and writer. In Five Days at Memorial she takes an in-depth look at what happened at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The first section of the book covers what happened before, during and immediately following the hurricane. Before the hurricane, it was recommended that residents evacuate the city and surrounding parishes and those evacuations were underway or had already been completed. Some residents decided to stay and ride out the storm, as they may have always done in the past, and several care facilities were

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Mar 10, 2011

Life As We Knew It is the first book in Last Survivor trilogy. In my opinion, it is also the best book in the series and it can definitely be read as a standalone book. Susan Beth Pfeffer did an excellent job creating a powerful and realistic story about surviving a natural disaster.  

This fast paced, thoughtful story is told in a diary format by the main character, sixteen-year-old Miranda. After an asteroid hits the Moon and pushes it closer to the Earth, the Earth’s climate alters. Inevitably, worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes and erupting volcanoes change “life as we knew it”.  Due to