Did you know that tsunamis and tidal waves are not the same thing? Regardless, would you know what to do in the event of a hurricane, like Hurricane Sandy that just slammed the East Coast, or a flash flood, earthquake, tornado or tsunami? Whether you believe in global warming or not, it sure seems like the weather is more extreme lately. Storms like Sandy are called "the storm of the century." Earthquakes are doing more damage. Winter comes earlier. Extreme Weather by Bonnie Schneider, a meteorologist for CNN and HLN, teams up with experts from FEMA and NOAA to talk about the phenomenon of extreme weather and how to be more prepared to survive in the event you encounter it. She describes the science, adds a big dollop of first-hand survivor accounts, and goes on to give tips on how to beat the odds in the event of a catastrophe. Given that the "big one" is only a matter of when, not if, in Southern California, this book is worth the read. The call number is 613.6 SCH and is currently shelved with the new books in the library lobby.