Friday, August 27, 2010

Our Modest Effort to Help New Orleans' Recovery

We are coming up on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which is this Sunday, August 29th.  For those how have not read Warnings, Katrina plays a critical role in the book. In the words of one reviewer:

Not surprisingly, the most critical event in the book is Hurricane Katrina. Among other things we learn what could go wrong with the forecasts’ timely releases, what did go wrong and why, and how they tried to get the evacuation process going while there was still time. The survivors were literally 'hung out to dry' as buck-passing and meals in high end restaurants took precedent over people. How many more could have survived if it weren't for the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo and selfishness? The night of August 31, 2005 should be etched in their memories forever as deaths of survivors began to pile up. If bureaucracy hadn't fumbled the ball, the meteorological scientists would have netted it.

After thinking it over, I and the team at Mike Smith Enterprises want to engage you in helping in the recovery of New Orleans (NOLA). After some reflection and at NOLA's suggestion, we found that the public libraries are still in need of books. Between now and September 30th, for every 20 copies of Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather purchased directly from Mike Smith Enterprises, we will be donating one book to BetterWorldBooks, a fundraising arm of NOLA.

We need your help. If you don't have your own copy of Warnings, its time! And, if you have your own copy, now would be a good time to order an autographed copy for a holiday gift. The cost is the same: $30 which includes shipping and sales tax. I am happy to autograph the book with any reasonable inscription you request.

Please send your order to:  Mike Smith Enterprises, LLC, 4031 North Tara Circle, Wichita, KS 67226.

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