Reviewed By  Nan van Dissel       June 1, 2022


Author  Lucy Easthope

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781529358254
Publisher:         Hachette /Hodder and Stoughton
Release Date:   April 2022  

Website:    https://www.hachette.com.au 

Since the turn of the twenty first century there have been an avalanche of disasters; tsunamis, earth quakes, terrorist attacks, floods, bushfires, pandemics to name but a few. Have you ever wondered what happens in the aftermath of these disasters?

Although specialists, like Lucy Easthope, one of the world’s leading authority on disaster recovery, are on hand to take charge, however once there is a new tragedy, the event disappears from the News. After a catastrophe has ripped lives apart, the author is there to support the team to assess, to recover, to identify, to rebuild; to give assistance with the long-term recovery of communities.

In her book ‘When the Dust Settles’ Lucy Easthope gives readers a fascinating insight into many global and national emergencies and her role as emergency planner. She not only takes the reader behind the police tape at the scenes of destruction, but also into the discussions and planning sessions held in government briefings rooms.  They are also taken behind the scenes of most of the twenty first century disasters including 9/11, the Boxing Day tsunami, 7/7 London bombings and the Covid 19 pandemic. 

A powerful and at times difficult read, I highly recommend this book to not only readers with an interest in the dynamics of global disaster management, but also those who are intrigued by this rarely discussed topic. A new respect for the sacrifices made by people who work in this field will be gained.

Despite the bleak subject matter, the book is written in an engaging, compassionate style which reminds the reader of the resilience of the human spirit.