Title:Disasters by Design : A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the United States Author(s): By Dennis S. Mileti Price: $49.95 (Hardcover) Buy it!
"The U.S. doesn't seem to be able to reduce the human consequences or loss of dollars resulting from natural disasters," says author Dennis Mileti. "This led us to our conclusion that there is a fundamental flaw in our accepted methods for coping with disaster." More awareness and responsibility at a local level, combined with broad coordination of mitigation efforts could save lives and reduce costs associated with disasters, the author argues. "We are responsible for much of the damage inflicted by disasters," he said. "It's not God and it's not nature, because we decide what to put in harm's way."