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Disaster Recovery

​Heritage Communications Ltd;
172 pages; $19.95

The police, firemen, and other first responders have left, and you are taking stock of the emergency that has befallen you, your organization, or your family. What now? A Step-By-Step Guide to Disaster Recovery can help everyone prepare for and deal with such situations.

This compact, easy-to-use guide begins with the departure of the first responders and sets out the key considerations and pitfalls to be faced during recovery and reconstruction. Author Sean Scott brings more than 30 years of experience in construction and restoration to walk readers through the real world of “getting back to normal.” Chapters cover everything from insurance and choosing a contractor to trauma interventions, and an associated Web site provides tools, checklists, and templates for everything from home inventories to contractor questionnaires to lost pet posters. It is a comprehensive package that will help victims find a path to recovery without being victimized.

The publisher offers customization for use by agencies, corporations, universities, and other groups—for example, if an organization would like to have a custom cover and specific contact information added.

Reviewer: Mayer Nudell, CSC (Certified Security and Safety Consultant), is an independent consultant on crisis management and related issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Webster University and the coauthor of The Handbook for Effective Emergency and Crisis Management and No One a Neutral: Political Hostage-Taking in the Modern World. He is a member of ASIS.