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Kathleen Tierney is a professor of sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. She is the senior author of Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States.
The dirty little truth is that American business doesn't want to pay for disaster preparedness -- and so, we don't have very much of it.
The Next Catastrophe: Reducing our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters by Charles Perrow (Princeton University Press, 377 pages, $29.95)
The Edge of Disaster by Stephen Flynn (Random House, 240 pages, $25.95)
Americans at Risk: Why We are not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can do Now by Irwin Redlener (Alfred Knopf, 273 pages, $24.00)