This title examines one of the world's critical issues, natural disasters. Readers will learn the historical background of this issue leading up to its current and future impact on society. Types of natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are discussed in detail as well as the major issues associated with these natural disasters including preparedness, development, response, and recovery. Also covered are the costly effects of natural disasters on lives and economies and ways to minimize these effects as well as organizations that aid people before and after natural disasters occur. Engaging text, informative sidebars, and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of natural disasters. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Issues is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.