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Season 2006 Episode 0915

Irwin Redlener

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Irwin Redlener talks about Americans At Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Need to Do Now.June's Homeland Security report declared the US unprepared for catastrophes. Five years after 9/11 and one year after Katrina, we continue to hit what Dr. Irwin Redlener calls the "snooze alarm": rather than treating these disasters as true wake-up calls, our government has done little to prepare our nation for natural and man-made acts that are all but inevitable. What OHS's report shows is that the government in not prepared to protect its citizens.Redlener, co-founder of The Children's Health Fund and head of Columbia's National Center for Disaster Preparedness, states that individuals must be their own first responders. Redlener details five megadisaster scenarios, underscoring our vulnerability and clarifying what will happen during every stage of an earthquake, chemical spill, nuclear terrorist attack, pandemic, and a terror attack on a school. He demonstrates that knowledge, some supplies, and a state of mental readiness can make a difference in surviving a disaster. In short, Americans At Risk provides a blueprint for survival. It is a call to arms from the world's leading disaster-response expert, a physician and Washington insider with extensive on-the-ground experience. Don't miss either talk or book. - Cody's Booksmoreless

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