The Next Big One: "The Next Big One
Where America is most vulnerable and how the nation can better manage the risks ahead.
Dr. Irwin E. Redlener is in Baton Rouge, La., setting up mobile medical units. He has been in Louisiana and Mississippi for many long days helping people deal with the horror of Hurricane Katrina, and his voice is full of anger and despair. 'The country is really just not prepared for a major catastrophic event,' says the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. 'Whatever it is -- the Big One in San Francisco, a terrorist attack -- it doesn't matter. The unfortunate truth is our ability to imagine and plan for catastrophic disasters is woefully inadequate.....