Extreme Weather: A Guide To Surviving Flash Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Snowstorms, Tsunamis, and Other Natural Disasters

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Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires - these devastating events are happening around the world at an alarming rate. As a Meteorologist on CNN and HLN, Bonnie Schneider reports on these natural disasters, explaining when they're likely to strike, and telling viewers how to respond when they do. In Extreme Weather, Schneider distills that information into a guide for readers. She interviews experts from a wide variety of agencies - including FEMA and NOAA - to ...

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Overview

Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires - these devastating events are happening around the world at an alarming rate. As a Meteorologist on CNN and HLN, Bonnie Schneider reports on these natural disasters, explaining when they're likely to strike, and telling viewers how to respond when they do. In Extreme Weather, Schneider distills that information into a guide for readers. She interviews experts from a wide variety of agencies - including FEMA and NOAA - to provide a comprehensive understanding of the science behind weather patterns and the latest thinking on how to act in dangerous conditions. Ranging from topics that cover every season and every climate, Schneider introduces the reader to the best course of action during weather emergencies, including:

*how to handle extreme weather scenarios in your car, outside, on a boat or at home

*how to prepare for potential dangers, such as deadly lightning, when planning a camping trip, vacation or sports outing

*what you need to have at home to protect against floods, earthquakes, or severe storms

*how to protect your home from rapidly spreading wildfire

*how to create a family evacuation plan for different emergencies

*making sure your beloved pet is taken care of in time of disaster

Drawing on actual survivor stories, Extreme Weather reminds readers that disaster can strike at any time, changing your life forever.

*making sure your beloved pet is taken care of in time of disaster

Drawing on actual survivor stories, Extreme Weather reminds readers that disaster can strike at any time, changing your life forever.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Expert advice about how to survive weather so bad it needs CAPITAL LETTERS, from TORNADOES to TSUNAMIS. This winter, reading about heat waves may make for pleasant escapism, and learning about snowstorms could save your life!”—National Post

"When a weather emergency strikes, the key to survival is clear thinking and decisive action. And that's what makes Bonnie Schneider's book so valuable. It's written with clarity and is filled with specific actions that if taken will save lives when disaster calls at your door, be it a flash flood, earthquake, wildfire, or severe thunderstorm. Personal anecdotes will inspire you to be proactive before extreme weather threatens, but when it does, Extreme Weather provides a bullet point by bullet point roadmap to a safe outcome."—John Kretschmer, author of At The Mercy of the Sea

"This is a book to read on a calm night when there's hardly a breeze and the skies are clear. It will remain with you in vivid detail, and someday, when the weather turns tumultuous, this book could save your life."—Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, The Last Lecture

"Natural disasters and extreme weather are real events that many people don't think about until it's too late. As the nation's official provider of weather forecasts, we rely on meteorologists in the media, like Bonnie, to relay safety measures and severe weather warnings to the public. In this book, Bonnie describes extreme weather and natural disasters and provides specific preparedness tips. The valuable information in this book could save a life!"—Donna Franklin, NOAA's Lightning Safety Program Lead

"As a storm chaser for the last 13 years, I've intercepted over 200 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes. Witnessing first-hand the destruction and loss of life that can be left in the wake of tornadoes and hurricanes is the overwhelming dark side of storm chasing. Bonnie Schneider's book, Extreme Weather, breaks down the science behind extreme weather events and gives people valuable advice on what to do before, during and after mother nature's most terrifying situations."—Reed Timmer, Meteorologist/Storm Chaser and host of the television show, "Storm Chasers" on the Discovery Channel

"As a news anchor on HLN, everyday I tell viewers about what's happening in the world. Many of those stories describe the devastating role of extreme weather on people's lives. This year, stories about tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, wildfires in Texas, and even an unusual earthquake near Washington, DC, have been prominent in news coverage. Bonnie Schneider's book Extreme Weather is right on the pulse of what people affected by these natural disasters are most wanting to know- how can I prepare if this happens again? Her advice is easy to follow, and her profiles on weather survivors are compelling to read."—Susan Hendricks, News Anchor, HLN

Library Journal
A broadcast meteorologist at CNN, Schneider presents a guide to help readers navigate the dangerous and uncertain times during and after a natural disaster. The first 11 chapters each focus on a single type of weather emergency and give families advice on how to prepare and plan for each variety of disaster. Every scenario begins with a narrative of a real-life experience involving that particular natural disaster. Schneider draws much of her material from government emergency-management agencies. Her extensive use of bullet points makes for choppy reading but adds to the work's value as a handbook or guide, especially for readers consulting it at the last minute. The author includes a section on pet welfare in each chapter, a valuable addition often excluded in disaster-planning guides. The book focuses on weather disasters but also covers wildfires, rip tides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. The final chapters focus on disasters and social media, family disaster planning, and emergency supplies for people and pets. VERDICT A copy of this book should be in every home, especially those with pets or other animals. Recommended for all readers. [See also Lisa Bedford's Survival Mom: How To Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios, reviewed on p. 118.—Ed.]—Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado, Denver
Kirkus Reviews
After receiving weather queries from fans of her intensive weather analyses, CNN meteorologist Schneider addresses many critical dilemmas in an easy-to-read preventative guidebook. The author dictates the proper steps to take before, during and after such momentous events as flash floods (get out of your car), firestorms (stay in your car) and earthquakes ("drop, cover, and hold on"). Schneider introduces the chapters with short true-life stories of survival--e.g., one friend warning another just before Hurricane Katrina's levee-bursting ferocity leveled their neighborhood, and some harrowing testimony from a survivor of a tsunami in Japan. The author capably dispenses basic survival advice, smartly skirting discussions about the possible cause of the weather conditions themselves (i.e., global warming, climate deterioration). Schneider may surprise readers with information debunking myths surrounding lightning during severe thunderstorms, information on odd animal behavior possibly predicting impending weather events and the phenomenon of "thunder snow." Offering tips on preserving health and maximizing human safety, the author employs the reliable sources of American park rangers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the CDC, Red Cross and FEMA. Graphs, charts and illustrations enhance chapters of cautionary material for not only humans, but also their animal counterparts. Veterinarians advise on how best to protect or shelter animals at risk of injury or death when exposed to excessive heat (cracking a car window isn't enough), cold, hurricanes tornadoes and floods. Family-disaster and emergency-food-storage plans round out the author's important message. A user-friendly pocket guide for anyone unexpectedly at the mercy of Mother Nature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230115736
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Series: MacSci Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 765,341
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Schneider is a meteorologist who appears on the various media platforms of CNN and HLN. She has also reported for local television stations around the country. Schneider holds the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for excellence in weather broadcasting. She is a graduate of Boston University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Max Mayfield vii

Introduction 1

1 Hurricanes 5

2 Tornadoes 23

3 Flash Floods 49

4 Extreme Heat 59

5 Wildfires 81

6 Rip Currents 99

7 Landslides and Mudslides 113

8 Tsunamis 125

9 Severe Thunderstorms 149

10 Snow and Ice Storms 169

11 Earthquakes 185

12 How to Use Social Media in Natural Disasters 195

13 How to Create a Family Disaster Plan for People and Pets 201

14 Emergency Supplies for People 213

15 Emergency Supplies for Pets 223

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 235

Index 241

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Zack

    This book is awsome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Excellent. Can help save many lives.

    This book shoud be read as soon as possible. Schools would benefit if they used this book as it can educate and save lives. Probably best for middle school and up. I've used this book to help start the disaster preparedness conversation with my family. Naturally, they roll their eyes, but Bonnie Schneider is the voice of reason and science so they can't be in denial. Finally, a clear, concise book about extreme weather and how destructive it can be. A life-saving book worth the cost.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    A MUST MUST READ!!!

    EXTREME WEATHER, by the most amazing world renowned CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider, is a MUST MUST read!!!!! Bonnie is a Meteorologist's Meteorologist THE BEST OF THE BEST!! This book is filled front to back with engaging interviews, instructions and very useful information about ALL THE EXTREMES OF WEATHER!! EXTREME WEATHER IS THE BEST BOOK ABOUT THE EXTREME FORMS OF WEATHER ON BOOK STORE SHELVES TODAY!!

    David Todd Rasmuson
    Meteorologist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Bonnie is hot.

    Bonnie has the sexiest legs around. I would give anything to lick her sheer nude pantyhosed legs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    GO AWAY ZACK

    My friends rp cat died here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Ambershine

    No they wont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

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    Sure

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