Be Prepared at all Times: Personal Leadership and the Lesson Learned from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy that Help to Build Community Years Later

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If hurricane Sandy has shown us anything it is not to rely solely on government for help, be sure to take a leadership role in your family and engage your community to maximize resiliency for any disaster says former Homeland Security branch chief and author of the updated Kindle Book Hurricane Katrina - A Journey of Hope.

Destroyed homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Imagine that when you wake up tomorrow, the clothes on your back will be everything you own. For many of our fellow countrymen, this nightmare scenario became their reality following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.

If disaster were to strike, could you survive with what you already have in your home? That is the question posed to readers by the author of “Hurricane Katrina – A Journey of Hope.”

The author, Anthony Veltri, a former branch chief at the Department of Homeland Security, was a first-hand witness to the destruction and recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. At the time, Veltri was a volunteer with Rhode Island’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. The experience changed his life and made him determined to help others be prepared for emergencies or disasters in their own lives.

“I am confident that reading about my experience can only make you desire to be better prepared, as you will learn first-hand a small piece of what goes into recovery efforts following a natural disaster. What stood true in Hurricane Katrina, was proven again in Hurricane Sandy; ultimately, the safety of your family is up to you ” said Veltri about his book.

The book features large, high-quality photos to help tell the story and show the immense impact and destruction caused by the hurricane. Those interested in volunteering or having a career as an emergency responder will gain insight into what it’s like to go into a disaster area. Veltri says training and “developing a mindset” that can deal with disaster-type situations is key, and technology cannot replace the well-trained and mentally-conditioned emergency responder.

“A false sense of security is developed when leaders disproportionally invest more resources and trust in technological systems than in the people who run those systems,” writes Veltri. “Training and Mindset trumps equipment in most situations and one area where many agencies fall short is in developing the proper mindset in their staff. Awareness of a potential vulnerability is indeed the first step.”

Years later, I am convinced that community and connection to community will enhance resiliency in any disaster.

For more information about the book including where to buy, visit For a list of Veltri’s personal life-saving tips, including supplies and how to purify water for drinking, visit

The Kindle version of the book will be available for free for only 48 hours starting March 4th, 2013 as part of an exclusive promotion on Amazon. "The pictures in this book will get you thinking about how an event of this nature could impact your life, I want to make sure it gets into as many hands as possible," writes Veltri.

Anthony Veltri is a small business owner, author and former branch chief at the Department of Homeland Security. He has extensive experience in disaster mitigation and response which includes training in wildfire suppression and emergency medical treatment. During his career, Veltri has dealt with both man made and natural disasters such as a hurricanes, floods, wildfires and chemical spills. He holds Master of Science degrees and an undergraduate degree in hydrogeology from the University of Rhode Island. He now maintains Corvallis Local Deals, a site focused on building local community and resilience by providing local businesses with modern marketing thraining they need to serve area residents.

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