Red Cross Month~Recommended Reading March 2010

“…When I volunteer, a great deal of satisfaction comes to my heart and soul. When I give to others, it feels like I have gotten a gift…” Fatimah Neblett-Burrell, Chimbarazo Elementary School Student and Red Cross volunteer; Richmond, Virginia

“No matter what, it’s the love in the hearts of people that’s the great equalizer.  Remember, a smile knows no language barriers.” Tanya Gonzalez, City of Richmond, Virginia Hispanic Liaison Office

The concept of a network of agencies working on behalf of those impacted by war or natural disasters emerged almost simultaneously in Europe and America during the 19th century.  This idea soon coalesced into the International Red Cross, one of the world’s foremost relief agencies.  “Clara Barton and a circle of acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881.  Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired international Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War.  Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross society and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882 (”  Each year since 1943 the president of the United States has proclaimed March “Red Cross Month.”  Barak Obama did so most recently on February 25, 2010.

So in this spirit – and in recognition of the heightened demands put upon all relief agencies in recent years – the Highline Library salutes the Red Cross with this month’s Recommended Reading list.  In addition we’d like to highlight our status as a selective Federal Depository Library, which means we receive a selection of publications from agencies within the United States Federal Government.  The American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security are all engaged in publishing and disseminating information about emergency preparedness and response.  See the Government Documents section below for a sample.

Given the number and intensity of recent earthquakes and tsunamis in the news, we’ve also included a variety of books, e-books, films, and Web sites about these and other natural phenomena.  Featured is a selection of presentations by the Highline Geology/Physical Sciences faculty and their guests filmed at the weekly Science Seminars.  Because our local area is so geologically rich and seismically active it serves as an ideal laboratory to study these awesome and challenging natural spectacles.

Three Cheers for the Red Cross as it continues to provide life-sustaining support to those coping with the aftermath of such events, and helps us all to live a little more securely in an uncertain world.

“On every battle field, a flag of mercy flies. Its white field bears a Red Cross-the universal symbol of human compassion. Under that flag, there are no enemies, no racial or religious animosities. There are only brothers.”

–President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968 Proclamation



The Compact History of the American Red Cross by Charles Hurd 361.506 H959c

Answering the Call: the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919 by Lisa M. Budreau & Richard M. Pryor 940.475 A626 2008

Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield by Anna Prokos (New Readers Collection) 610.730692 B293c 2008

America’s Twelve Great Women Leaders during the Past Hundred Years (as chosen by the Women of America, a compilation from the Ladies Home Journal and the Christian Science Monitor) 920.72 A512

The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings 813.52 C971e 1934

Rhymes of a Red Cross Man by Robert W. Service 811 S491r

Natural Hazards by Edward Bryant 363.34 B915n 2005

Natural Disasters by Patrick L. Abbott 904.5 A133n 2006

Geological Hazards: a Sourcebook by Timothy M. Kusky 363.34 K97g 2003

Firefly Guide to Global Hazards by Robert Kovach & Bill McGuire 363.349 K88f 2004

The Edge of Fire: Volcano and Earthquake Country in Western North America and Hawaii by Robert Wenkam 551.21 W475e

Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester 551.21 W759k 2005

How the Smart Family Survived a Tsunami: Elementary Edition K-6 by Laurie Dent-Cleveland 363.3495 D414h 2002

At Risk: Earthquakes and Tsunamis on the West Coast by John Clague 551.22 A861 2006

Earthquake Survival Manual by Lael Morgan 363.3495 M848e 1993

Earthquakes in Human History: the Far-reaching Effects of Seismic Disruptions by Jelle Zeilinga de Boer & Donald Theodore Sanders 363.3495 Z46e 2005

Earthquakes by Bruce A. Bolt 551.22 B694e 1999

Earthquake History of the United States by Jerry L. Coffman 551.22 C675e

Earthquake Country by Robert Iacopi 551.22 I11e

Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering by Anil K. Chopra 624.1762 C549d

The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: how San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself by Philip L. Fradkin 979.46105 F799g 2006

E-books (click the Link on the catalog page to access)

Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: the Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross edited by Louis Maresca & Stuart Maslen (2000) Online – Electronic Book

The Human Rights Field Operation: Law, Theory and Practice edited by Michael O’Flaherty (2007) 341.5/84 Online – Electronic Book

World Disasters Report 2005: Focus on Information in Disasters by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2005) 363.348 Online – Electronic Book

Unplanned Life: a Memoir by George McKee Elsey (2005) Online – Electronic Book

World Disasters Report: Focus on Community Resilience by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2004) Online – Electronic Book

Focus on Neglected Crises by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2006) Online – Electronic Book

Data against Natural Disasters: Establishing Effective Systems for Relief, Recovery, and Reconstruction edited by Samia Amin & Markus Goldstein 363.34/80684 Online – Electronic Book

Caribbean Tsunami Hazard: NSF Caribbean Tsunami Workshop, March 30-31, 2004, San Juan Beach Hotel, Puerto Rico edited by Aurelio Mercado-Irizarry & Philip Liu (2006) Online – Electronic Book

Disaster Prevention and Management: an International Journal Vol. 15, No. 1 – Recovery from the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster edited by Rajib Shaw (2006) Online – Electronic Book

Extreme Waves by Craig B. Smith, illustrations by Kurt Mueller (2006) 551.46/3 Online – Electronic Book

Working Out of Disaster: Improving Employment and Livelihood in Countries Affected by the Tsunami International Labour Office (2005) Online – Electronic Book

Tsunami! by Walter C. Dudley & Min Lee 363.34/9 Online – Electronic Book

Basic Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering by Kamalesh Kumar (2008) Online – Electronic Book

Disaster Management and Civil Society: Earthquake Relief in Japan, Turkey and India by Alpaslan èOzerdem & Tim Jacoby (2006) 363.34958095 Online – Electronic Book

Earthquake Nation: the Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930 by Gregory Clancey 624.1762095209034 Online – Electronic Book

Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: towards Disaster Resilient Societies by Jèorn Birkmann 363.34 2006 Online – Electronic Book

Government Documents

Preparing for Disaster Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) HS 5.102:D 63/2

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) HS 5.102:D 63/4

Ready-Set-Prepare!: a Disaster Preparedness Activity Book for Ages 8-11 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) HS 5.102:D 63/8/2008

Food and Water in an Emergency Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) HS 5.102:EM 3/3

Local Tsunami Hazards in the Pacific Northwest from Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes by Eric L. Geist I 19.16:1661-B

Clara Barton: Clara Barton National Historic Site, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Maryland National Park Service I 29.6/6: C54

DVDs & Videotapes

Tsunamis in Puget Sound HCC Science Seminar 551.47024 T882 2001

How to tell if it’s Gonna Blow – Predicting Volcanic Eruptions HCC Science Seminar 551.21 H847 2002

How Big was that Earthquake? HCC Science Seminar 551.22 S416h 2003

Tsunami! HCC Science Seminar 551.47 S416t 2004

The Great Sumatran Earthquake and Tsunami of 2004 – It Could Happen Here HCC Science Seminar 551.47 S416g 2005

Forecasting Earthquakes – a Hands-on Activity HCC Science Seminar 551.22 S416fo 2005

Tsunami: Killer Wave 363.349 T882 2005

Plate Tectonics 551.136 P716 2006

The Eruption of Mount St. Helens 551.21 E73 1994

Mount St. Helens: Out of the Ash 551.21 M928 2005

Krakatoa 551.21 K89 2005

Message from the Mountain 551.21 M583 1997

Understanding Volcanic Hazards 551.21 U55 1995

At Risk: Volcano Hazards from Mount Hood, Oregon 551.21 W515a

The Day the Earth Shook 551.22 D275

Killer Quake! 551.22 K48 2006

Rock & Roll: Earthquake Hazard in the Pacific Northwest 551.22 R682 2001

The Quake Hunters: Tracking a Monster in the Subduction Zone 551.22 Q13 1998

Know Your Faults, Understanding the Threat 551.2209797 K73

The Great San Francisco Earthquake 979.461051 G786 2006

American Red Cross First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 616.0252 A512

Emergency Action: What to Do until Medical Help Arrives 616.0252 E53


American Red Cross

Official Red Cross Donation Site

International Committee of the Red Cross

Seattle Area American Red Cross

American Red Cross on Twitter

Clara Barton: Founder of the Red Cross

Virtual Museum Exhibit: Clara Barton National Historic Site Glen Echo, Maryland

History of the Red Cross Junior Auxiliary

International Committee of the Red Cross: the Nobel Peace Prize 1963

Red Cross Preparedness Fast Facts: Emergency-Specific Preparedness Information

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Preparation

Citizen Corps – FEMA Community Preparedness Division

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Geologic Information Portal

Tsunami! (Hosted by the University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences)

The Restless Earth: A Geologic Primer (Hosted by the Burke Museum)

Alaska Volcano Observatory

Cascades Volcano Observatory (U.S. Geological Survey)

Earthquake History of Cascadia (Washington, Oregon, and Southern British Columbia)

Volcano Hazards Program (U.S. Geological Survey)


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  1. Gerie

    What a nice write-up and design! Good job!

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