About the series
TODAY: Are We Prepared? — Are we ready for the next tornado, earthquake or hurricane?
SUNDAY: Disaster Dollars — How much is spent on preparedness before disaster strikes? And who pays the price after the storm, fire, flood or earthquake?
MAY 5: Lessons Learned — What have communities such as Joplin, Mo., Athens, Ala., or Woodward, Okla., learned in their recovery from major tornadoes?
MAY 12: Warning Signs — How is technology changing our warnings and the way we respond to emergencies?
MAY 19: The Big One — Emergency officials cite “considerable” potential for a major earthquake in the central United States, an area not typically associated with shaking ground. Are communities there, and in other parts of the United States where earthquakes are unusual but still possible, ready for the Big One?