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Floodpath

Author : Jon Wilkman
ISBN : 9781620409169
Genre : History
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Amazon Book of the Year "Floodpath attempts to rescue the disaster from obscurity . . . The author captures many heartbreaking stories of survivors . . . The effect is powerful." --The Wall Street Journal A visionary and controversial search for water made Los Angeles possible. But the failure of the St. Francis Dam remains an urgent lesson about our human limits, all but forgotten today. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete structure just fifty miles north of Los Angeles, suddenly collapsed, releasing a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. It was a horrific catastrophe, yet one which today is virtually forgotten. With research gathered over more than two decades, award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives. A key figure is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unprecedented water system, allowing Los Angeles to become America's second largest city, and who was also responsible for the design and construction of the St. Francis Dam. Driven by eyewitness accounts and combining urban history with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective story, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the reality behind L.A. noir fictions like the classic film Chinatown. In an era of climate change, increasing demand on water resources, and a neglected American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam has never been more relevant.

Ghosts Of Ventura County S Heritage Valley

Author : Evie Ybarra
ISBN : 9781625857712
Genre : Social Science
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Strange secrets and eerie tales shadow the idyllic beauty of the Heritage Valley and the meandering Santa Clara River. The spirit of a playful little boy wanders the halls of the historic Glen Tavern Inn, and the ghostly phantom of the real Zorro, Joaquin Murrieta, guards his buried gold in the foothills of Piru. The chilling cries of La Llorona echo along Sespe Creek, and a beast is still reportedly seen loping upright across the countryside near Santa Paula. Outside Fillmore, the Lady in White lingers by the old sycamore tree, sometimes materializing in cars traveling down Highway 126. Author Evie Ybarra recounts spine-tingling tales and local lore from Valencia to Ventura.

Threats To Homeland Security

Author : Richard J. Kilroy, Jr.
ISBN : 9781119251811
Genre : Political Science
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Notes on Contributors xiii Preface xvi Acknowledgments xxiii 1. THe Changing Nature of National Security 1 Introduction 2 1.1 Foundations of American Security Policy 2 1.1.1 Geopolitics at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century 3 1.1.2 National Security and World War II 6 Self-Check 8 1.2 Security in the Cold War Era 8 1.2.1 Bipolarity versus Multipolarity 10 1.2.2 Containing Communism 12 1.2.3 Non-Communist Threats 16 Self-Check 17 1.3 Security in the Post-Cold War Era: Pre-9/11 17 1.3.1 Changing Threats 18 1.3.2 New Conflicts, New Responses 18 1.3.3 Reorganization of National Security Policy 20 Self-Check 21 1.4 National Security and Terrorism: Post-9/11 21 1.4.1 Globalization and Geopolitics 22 1.4.2 The Bush Administration's Global War on Terrorism 24 1.4.3 The Obama Administration's New National Security Strategy 26 1.4.4 Homeland Security and National Security 27 Self-Check 28 Summary 29 Key Terms 30 Assess Your Understanding 35 Summary Questions 35 Applying This Chapter 36 You Try It 37 2. REassessing the All-Hazards Perspective 38 Introduction 39 2.1 Natural Disasters: Things We Can Expect to Happen 39 2.1.1 The History of Natural Disasters in the United States 40 2.1.2 Natural Disaster Response 41 2.1.3 Natural Disasters in a Post-9/11 World 44 Self-Check 46 2.2 Accidental Hazards: Things We Can Try to Prevent 46 2.2.1 History of Accidental Hazards in the United States 46 2.2.2 Accidental Hazard Prevention and Response 48 2.2.3 Accidental Hazards in a Post-9/11 World 50 Self-Check 51 2.3 Man-Made Hazards: Things We Hope Don't Happen 51 2.3.1 History of Man-Made Disasters Caused by Human Error in the United States 52 2.3.2 Man-Made Disaster Mitigation and Response 53 2.3.3 Man-Made Disasters in a Post-9/11 World 55 Self-Check 56 2.4 Reassessing the All-Hazards Perspective and Disasters 56 Self-Check 59 Summary 59 Key Terms 60 Assess Your Understanding 62 Summary Questions 62 Applying This Chapter 63 You Try It 64 3. US Homeland Security Interests 65 Introduction 66 3.1 What Is Homeland Security? 66 3.1.1 The Merging of Traditions 67 3.1.2 Prevailing Homeland Security Theories 71 Self-Check 76 3.2 Additional Context for Homeland Security 77 3.2.1 Urban Versus Rural 77 3.2.2 Technologies 78 3.2.3 Political and Economic Factors 79 3.2.4 Security Versus Civil Liberties 81 Self-Check 84 3.3 Homeland Security Enterprise 84 3.3.1 Federal Partners 85 3.3.2 State and Local Partners 90 3.3.3 Whole Community Partners 91 Self-Check 97 3.4 Revisiting the All-Hazards Approach 98 Self-Check 100 Summary 101 Key Terms 101 Assess Your Understanding 105 Summary Questions 105 Applying This Chapter 106 You Try It 108 4. UNderstanding Threat Assessments 109 Introduction 110 4.1 Background on Threat Assessments and Risk Management 111 4.1.1 Risk Management and Threat Assessment from the All-Hazards Perspective 111 4.1.2 Assessing Threats and Civil Liberties 113 4.1.3 Homeland Security Risk Management Doctrine 114 Self-Check 116 4.2 A General Framework of Analysis: What to Assess 116 4.2.1 The Disaster Impact Process 117 4.2.2 Pre-Impact Conditions 117 4.2.3 Event-Specific Conditions 120 4.2.4 Final Thoughts on What to Assess 122 Self-Check 122 4.3 A Matrix Approach: How to Assess 123 4.3.1 Risk Matrices 124 4.3.2 Composite Exposure Indicator 127 4.3.3 HAZUS 128 4.3.4 Vulnerability Assessments 128 4.3.5 Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment 129 4.3.6 Final Thoughts on How to Assess 130 Self-Check 133 4.4 The Whole-Community Approach of the National Preparedness System 133 4.4.1 Prevention 136 4.4.2 Protection 137 4.4.3 Mitigation 137 4.4.4 Response 139 4.4.5 Recovery 140 Self-Check 143 Summary 144 Key Terms 144 Assess Your Understanding 148 Summary Questions 148 Applying This Chapter 148 You Try It 150 5. CRitical Infrastructure Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Operational Continuity .151 Introduction 15

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