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Natural disasters are happening everywhere. Earthquakes, hurricanes, and man-made perils have left communities anxious and confused about their own emergency preparedness. In this unique guide, preparedness and recovery expert Leann Hackman-Carty shows you how to prepare your family, business, and community for a number of devastating scenarios. Gleaned from years of experience with disaster recovery organizations, her specialized insight will help you understand the different levels of disaster preparation and recovery.


Hackman-Carty discusses how to

  • understand the types and phases of a disaster,

  • identify available resources at your home or office,

  • assemble a basic disaster supply kit and emergency vehicle kit,

  • know when to activate your plan and evacuate,

  • keep your family and employees safe,

  • develop a business continuity plan

  • create a disaster recovery plan  for your community,

  • effectively communicate with other businesses and organizations,

  • use local, regional and  federal programs as resources,

  • foster community economic resilience, and

  • stop a natural disaster from catching you off guard.


No one knows what tomorrow holds, but Hackman-Carty’s advice can help you prepare for the worst. As global citizens, everyone needs to be prepared for disasters. It could mean the difference between keeping our livelihood or maintaining our quality of life.  Governments, emergency response organizations and humanitarian relief agencies cannot do it alone. The Master Your Disaster series of guidebooks gives you the confidence to act calmly and efficiently when the time comes. Your new foundation in emergency preparedness, response and recovery will make the chaos more controllable—and survivable.


As the former head of the New Zealand Aid Program, managing disasters across the Pacific during cyclone season was an integral and critical dimension of my role. The information in this book is invaluable. With the rapid increase in natural disasters and severe weather events in recent years, disaster preparedness and planning is absolutely essential for individuals, communities and for businesses to mitigate risk, loss of life and cost. If only Leann Hackman-Carty's book had been compulsory reading before New Zealand's big earthquake hit Christchurch in 2011! 

Amanda Ellis, Special Advisor to the President, East-West Center, Hawaii, USA and

Former Ambassador to the UN (Geneva) and Deputy Secretary International Development, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Leann's guidebooks on disaster recovery could not be more relevant or timely.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami's, earthquakes, monsoons, floods and fires make us all vulnerable since we don't know when they're going to happen, or the devastation they will leave behind. Preparedness is not an option but a necessity. Finding a way forward must be done.  Whether it is short-term rebuilding or long-term recovery, we need to have a plan in place. Leann's guidebooks provide practical templates to help individuals, businesses and communities face less traumatic impacts by having a plan in place, and the necessary confidence to act.  Having partnered with Leann on a manmade disaster in the past, the impact of designer drugs on Native Americans in the United States and Canada, I not only endorse her guidebooks for Canada but will personally recommend them to the seven public interest groups in the United States that represent states, cities, counties, regional communities and tribal governments. We must do better!

Loretta Avent, Former Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Intergovernmental Affairs,

White House Liaison to Indian Country and Liaison to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Office

Phoenix, Arizona

The content in these guidebooks is invaluable to prepare businesses for a disaster. On a global scale we have witnessed the significant impact of disasters on businesses and communities. Being prepared for various risks is a smart thing for a business to do if it wants to have continuity of operations.

Barb Mowat, Small Business Expert & Founder of GroYourBiz

Vancouver, Canada

No business should be without a copy! In the Business Edition of Master Your Disaster, Ms. Hackman-Carty not only explains why you should have a method to handle any disaster, but also explains some of the economics of not being in business after a disaster. A great read for all businesses.


Howard Pierpont, Americas Business Continuity Coach, DERA Institute for Preparedness and Resilience

Greeley, Colorado


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Spanish (Edición Completa)