Surviving Disaster with Amanda Ripley provides a rarified glimpse into disasters as seen through the eyes of survivors, experts and scientists. Surviving Disaster shares what every person should know about preparedness and their own neurology to help them survive disasters of any kind. Each survivor shares the story of the events that he or she survived, and scientists explain the commonalities of the experiences to show how our brains can predictably behave in crisis situations. It is through understanding this neurology that we can become better prepared, less fearful and more resilient when the inevitable disasters and crises of life that befall us. Surviving Disaster replaces the typical media messages of fear and terror with the latest in science to illustrate the very clear and real benefits of rehearsal and preparedness and how they can lead to a clear path of empowerment, resilience and survival. While a tornado may seem to be completely different from a house fire and a terrorist attack may seem wildly different than a flood, how people behave, react and survive follows the same arc. Surviving Disaster explores this arc and the role that each play before, after and during a crisis and how understanding them can change the outcome for all of us. It is through understanding these phases that we can move more quickly through them to act in a way that preserves our lives and the lives of others.