Hurricane Katrina, the Greatest Natural Disaster America Has Ever Faced, Caught Us by Surprise. Author Steven Craig Shows Us How to be Better Prepared the Next Time.

Seattle, WA, November 27, 2007 --( Not since the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s has America experienced a natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina. Chronicles of Katrina: Lessons Learned from the Hurricane Katrina Disaster for Your Home Preparedness Planning by Steven Craig, with a foreword by former FEMA director, Michael Brown, provides a summary of recovery in the Gulf region and advice on how to prepare for future disasters.

“Resiliency will get us through the next disaster, whether a small one in our local communities, or the large one like Katrina, covering tens of thousands of square miles. We must be resilient by being prepared at home. And we start down the road toward resiliency by paying attention to the lessons Steven Craig writes about in Chronicles of Katrina.” —Michael D. Brown, Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security & Director of FEMA

Katrina. Not Hurricane Katrina. Not Tropical Storm Katrina. Not even Disaster Katrina. Just plain Katrina. The name invokes universal memories of a destructive storm, the most costly natural disaster this country has ever experienced. While previous hurricanes created a vast amount of damage, none was of the extent or had the societal impact that Katrina inflicted.

In the wake of Katrina, Commander Steven Craig was recalled to active duty by the Coast Guard. Over a nine-month period, he made five trips to the ravaged areas to work on various recovery issues. Based on a record of his visits, Steve, a nationally recognized emergency management expert, outlines the status of recovery in New Orleans and the Gulf region. But Chronicles of Katrina does not stop there. Steve further provides steps the average American can make to be prepared for any future disaster.

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Genre: Disaster Recovery

“This book is…a valuable primer on why preparedness is so important. I recommend it.” —Admiral Charles R. Larson, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command

“Steve’s combination of on-the-ground observations and practical tips for preparedness make for valuable lessons. [He provides] simple yet effective ways to prepare for the unthinkable.” —Tom Simpson, Former Emergency Management Director, Multnomah County, Oregon

“The importance of home preparedness cannot be understated. Steve Craig's…expertise is obvious and enlightening.” —Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Instructor of Emergency Management, American Military University, Charles Town, WV

About the Author

Steve Craig works as the Emergency Coordinator for the Department of Emergency Management in St. Helens, Oregon. He continues to serve his country as a Commander with the Coast Guard Reserve. Steve is a Certified Emergency Manager, Qualified Contingency Planner with the U.S. Coast Guard, and certified FEMA Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Instructor. He writes a monthly home article for the local newspaper and has recently presented preparedness sessions in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and Rome, Italy. Steve currently resides in Elma, Washington, with his wife, Rachel, and seventeen-year-old twins, Jordan and Kayla.

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