National Geographic Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover

National Geographic Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover

by Thomas M. Kostigen
     
 

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Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes—weather is becoming extreme, and this book tells you how to plan ahead and prepare, respond to emergencies, and survive the worst-case scenarios. From the risks of building on changing coastlines to the safety kit you should have packed up at home, from the telltale signs of a hurricane on the horizon to how to power up

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Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes—weather is becoming extreme, and this book tells you how to plan ahead and prepare, respond to emergencies, and survive the worst-case scenarios. From the risks of building on changing coastlines to the safety kit you should have packed up at home, from the telltale signs of a hurricane on the horizon to how to power up when the grid goes down—this will be the one book to carry with you through all kinds of bad weather. Divided into four sections (Hot, Cold, Wet, Dry) each chapter includes a level-headed discussion of current weather extremes, facts and details on conditions, and theories for why these changes are occurring; dos and don'ts for inside and outside; and gives at-a-glance guidance for how to prepare for, survive, and recover from every extreme. Sidebar features include: gears and gadgets; protecting your pet; and firsthand accounts from survivors and the experts who help them. Spectacular photographs of wicked weather plus useful checklists and how-to illustrations make page after page both useful and entertaining, even when you're contemplating the unthinkable.

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"Part educational text, part how-to guide, this handbook divides extreme weather into four general categories: wet, dry, hot, and cold." —Library Journal
Library Journal
12/01/2014
Part educational text, part how-to guide, this handbook divides extreme weather into four general categories: wet, dry, hot, and cold. Browsers will find the frequent, high-quality photos engrossing, illustrating as they do phenomena such as forked lightning, rooftops surrounded by floodwaters, exploding wildfires, and ice-encrusted eyelashes. Coverage of each topic (e.g., hurricanes, drought, heat waves, and blizzards) follows a similar format: an introduction followed by checklists for "How To Prepare," "How To Survive," and "How To Recover." Throughout the entries are boxed notes: "Gear and Gadgets," "Good Ideas," and advice for pet owners, among others. First-person accounts portray positive examples of experienced storm chasers or pet rescue teams, as well as stories from people who made mistakes, including a boater who ventured into an oncoming storm and a New Jersey resident who stayed home to ride out Hurricane Sandy. VERDICT Readers intending to use this as a reference will want to purchase a copy to keep at home. Libraries may wish to purchase for the book's excellent photographs, along with the browsable short sections and checklists. A young readers' version, Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More! is available through National Geographic Kids.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426213762
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
620,586
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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