Barrier islands. Flood plains. Earthquake faults. Sometimes the environment poses threats to our well being, yet many of us continue to choose to live in risky or dangerous places. And on top of the knowns are the other, more hidden hazards related to environmental contamination that pose equally serious threats to our health and well being.
But where are these places and what types of hazards are found there? American Hazardscapes examines the risks associated with living and owning property in diverse regions across the United States, offering dual perspectives: that of the geographer and that of the social science hazards researcher. The book summarizes what we already know about regional patterns of hazard events and losses during the previous three decades and goes further to shed light on the nature of the events themselves and their impact on society.
Written for the relocating citizen and the policy maker alike, American Hazardscapes presents a regional ecology of disaster-prone or disaster-resistant states. It also offers thoughts on what local, state, and federal managers need to do to meet the challenge of reducing hazard losses in the next century.
"This book will be both an important text for initial reading by emergency planners and policy makers as well as one to be referred to repeatedly thereafter. ... As a text and as a reference, the book has a number of useful features. ... So carefully do the authors present the data and at the same time note the limitations inherent in the data that the validity of the book's argument is undeniable."
-- Natural Hazards Review, November 2003