We often hear and see the destruction and grief brought on by a disaster. Media outlets broadcast clips of people, homes, and even cities devastated by natural or human-caused disasters and photos of the damage fill newspapers daily. Disaster Heroes, however, shows a different side disaster.
The author, a former journalist and current emergency management consultant, conveys stories of everyday men and women who chose to take action and help survivors rebuild and, in some instances, save their lives. The stories cover the globe, from the United States to Japan to Chile to Canada.
They tell of the Pennsylvania man who helped save the lives of 33 Chilean miners trapped hundreds of feet beneath the earth, as well as the Louisiana couple managed to procure the donation of a fire truck for New York City firefighters after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Other stories relate the experiences of a Florida landscaper who worked to distribute food to survivors of the Haiti earthquake, the mother-daughter team who used the power of social media to help the residents of Joplin, Missouri, and a Japanese photographer who used his camera lens to help survivors of the 3.11 tsunami move forward with their lives.
Through these and other heroes profiled in this book, the author shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of others suffering in the wake of disaster.