AUTHORS

Amanda Ripley is the author of "The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes -- and Why." Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina helped Time win two 2006 National Magazine Awards. She has written cover stories for Time on disaster survival and the male and female brain. Ripley is also a seasoned media guest and over the years has appeared on ABC News, NBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR, among other outlets. She has briefed staff at the U.S. Senate, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. She can be reached at www.AmandaRipley.com.

Amanda Ripley
February 28, 2009

Run for Your Lives, Please

On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike was hurtling toward Galveston. Water was expected to rise 12 to 16 feet on the Texas island. The incoming surge would inundate communities....