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Tornado, Hurricane, Blizzard, & Flood Disaster Planning Books

Updated on June 29, 2014

As a child growing in the 'hood, I can honestly say that I had some rather "unusual" interests that included--actually includes--interests in extreme weather phenomena. I can remember not only going to the library and checking out books about the weather as a kid, but watching shows like the Leonard Nimoy-hosted In Search Of... when the subject was uncommon weather occurrences, and (the I'll-Bet-You-Can't-Remember) When Havoc Strikes (both from the 1970's). Needless to say, all of the weather events in recent news--the Floods in Colorado,the off-season tornadoes in the Mid-West, and the blizzards from early this winter--have gained my attention enough to create a posting about it. Keep this in mind.

Although I have attempted to regularly maintain posting on subjects that I feel are of a general interest (if not relevance), some of you might have noticed that I haven’t been posting as regularly as I have in the past. This is because much of the time I would have devoted to regularly posting and blogging has been consumed with publishing the first four in a series of crisis manuals dedicated to planning and coping with natural (as well as man-made) disasters. These manuals are the first among many future endeavors I plan to see published this new year (2014). This series of books is based on a crapload of research I had intended for another project, but which morphed into the "No-Nonsense Safety Guide Series."

The first four of these crisis manuals have already been published, with two of them already being listed for sale on both and All four published guides contain a great deal of information about the subject of each publication. Each book follows a similar format, providing a clear survey-level understanding of the phenomenon discussed in each book, a history of how these disasters have affected others, professional safety advice and suggestions for planning by noted authorities, and several appendixes with supplemental information for those seeking to create a plan of action in coping with disasters.

The first is called “The No-Nonsense Guide To Tornado Safety.” The guide is exactly what it appears to be—an 84-page source of information related to knowing about, planning for, and responding to tornadoes. The guide provides the most up-to-date advice and suggestions by weather and safety experts about what to do in (planning for in) the event that a tornado disaster. The guide also has a series of appendixes that list—among other things—where once can find the nearest publicly assessible tornado shelters (those operated by local municipalities as well as those operated privately) in the most tornado-prone regions in the country. There is also a state-by-state (province-by-province in Canada) listing for regional government offices charged with disaster-relief, as well a list for charitable organizations whose functions include the same. I designed these series of books to be a one-stop source of safety information on related disasters.

The No-Nonsense Guide To Tornado Safety

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: (November 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1304648648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1304648648
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounce

In addition to the Tornado Guide, three more books in the series are also available for sale, with availability on Amazon projected in future weeks and months. There are also plans to publish ebook versions of these publications when it becomes feasible (given my time constraints). “The No-Nonsense Guide To Blizzard Safety,” a book whose subject-matter has become more relevant in recent weeks, is similarly designed to be a one-stop guide for anything and everything related to blizzard safety as well as planning in the event of blizzards.

The No-Nonsense Guide To Blizzard Safety

  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: (December 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781304709394
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.28 pounds

The third book in this series is “The No-Nonsense Guide To Flood Safety.”

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: (November 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1304648613
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches

The final published book in the series is “The No-Nonsense Guide To Hurricane Safety.”

  • Paperback: 59 pages
  • Publisher: (December 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781304733030
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches

I would urge everyone concerned about their safety (and planning for their safety) as it relates to natural (and man-made) disasters to purchase these books before the seasons for these events are upon us.

Thanks in advance.


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