Reviews for Terrorists, Tornados, and Tsunamis : How to Prepare for Life's Danger Zones


Booklist Reviews 2007 April #2
This informative, practical guide to emergency preparedness considers multiple scenarios, from surviving terrorist attacks to driving in a winter storm. Cowritten by a retired U.S. Air Force officer with expertise in counterterrorism, the book conveys the overall message that anyone can confidently take charge of his or her own security. In addition to offering sound, practical advice on how to protect oneself in a situation, the book also offers clear explanations of what the situations are and how and why they occur. The chapter on terrorism, for example, explains what a terrorist is, how groups are organized, and types of attacks. The chapter on winter storms explains the meanings of various terms in a weather report. Specific, detailed instructions on topics such as how to stay safe on the Internet and what to have in a first-aid kit make this book a very useful guide for any young adult. The frequent cartoon drawings effectively elaborate on the text. Charts, diagrams, and maps are also included, as are suggested^B books and Web sites for further reading. ((Reviewed April 15, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
The book begins with a discussion of terrorism and other crimes then moves on to natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.). Its focus is recognition of danger signs and procedures to follow in case of emergency. Despite repeated reminders of the unlikelihood of such events, an alarmist tone (perhaps unavoidably) comes through. Simple line drawings accompany the text. Reading list, websites. Ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 May #1
Effective at putting readers into a proper frame of mind, if not so useful as a handbook for emergencies, this offering of general, commonsense advice covers terrorist actions, criminal activities at home or school and a selection of natural disasters from hurricanes to the more localized likes of mudslides and flash floods. The authors can't seem to decide whether they're addressing children ("Never leave a bicycle outside, even if it's chained") or adults ("Park in well-lit areas, preferably areas with security cameras"), but their overall, non-age-specific message about the importance of being alert and prepared comes through loud and clear. Lengthy opening sections in each chapter also provide background statistics and causes for each type of emergency--which may not be exactly on topic, but do provide added value as grist for a range of related assignments. Illustrated with utilitarian, line-drawn maps and scenarios, capped with resource lists and an index, this makes salutary reading, though it's no substitute for a First Aid manual and a workbook like G. Dale Stewart's On Your Own: A Family's Guide to Disaster Preparedness (2006). (Nonfiction. 10-12, adult) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 May

Gr 6-9 -Orndorff and Harper describe several disasters and offer tips on preparing for, avoiding, and staying safe during each one. Chapters devoted to terrorism, crime, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and winter storms include "briefing notes," or descriptions of the events, and a "stay safe guide" with suggested precautions in specific situations, such as avoiding crime at school, at home, or in the neighborhood. An added chapter includes briefer information on lightning, mudslides, avalanches, wildfires, tsunamis, and volcanoes. In general, the suggestions are sensible and practical, and those beyond children's power suggest steps they may encourage their parents to take. The authors are careful to remind readers of the low probability of these events, and they strike a good balance between explaining the causes of each phenomenon without going overboard with scientific or sociological background. The writing is workmanlike, direct, and to the point. Whimsical drawings help demonstrate the ideas presented. Overall, this is a practical guide to realistic steps to take to plan for and minimize the impact of disasters. -Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH

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VOYA Reviews 2007 April
The world can be a dangerous place, with events happening that are beyond anyone's control. This unknown quality can make these occurrences all the more frightening. This book attempts to remove some of the fear by explaining how events occur and offering ways to prepare for them. Aimed at the upper middle school reader, the book demystifies these seemingly random and terrifying happenings, and advises how to stay safe from terrorism, crime, hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, winter storms, and other less-common disasters such as volcanoes and lightning strikes. Other sections detail what to include in an emergency kit and what to do before the disaster strikes. Orndorff and Harper do an excellent job of acknowledging the fear that the reader might have for a situation without sounding condescending. Numerous two-color illustrations break the text into easily browsable chunks and further explain concepts in the text. The chapters are detailed and offer a wealth of background knowledge and several excellent suggestions to combat the situation. Most of the suggestions are nothing really new, and a reader can easily find them in other media, but it is extremely convenient to have them gathered together in one volume.-Steven Kral Index. Illus. Further Reading. 4Q 4P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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