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Bibliography for GURPS Disasters: Hurricane

Many resources that cover preparing for and recovering from hurricanes are available online and in print. The following works were the most useful in creating this supplement.


Burns, Cherie. The Great Hurricane: 1938 (Grove Press, 2006). While matters in Europe were building to war, the United States was struck by a devastating hurricane.

Drury, Bob. Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue (Grove Press, 2007). During World War II, Admiral Halsey accidentally drove his fleet into a typhoon. The fleet found themselves battling the storm to stay alive in the middle of the
Pacific War.

Dyson, Eric Michael. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Civitas Books, 2007). Explains how when Katrina struck New Orleans, some were prepared and some not, and how those differences relate to wealth, color, and privilege.

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Broadway Books, 2016). Details the events at a New Orleans hospital during the worst part of Hurricane Katrina.

Miles, Kathryn. Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (Penguin, 2014). This book goes into the lives and experiences of those working to keep people safe, from the National Weather Service, to political officials in New York and New Jersey.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Ninth Ward (Little Brown, 2012). Fiction, this children's book tells the story of what happened in New Orleans' famous Ninth Ward during Katrina.

Tougias, Michael J. and Campbell, Douglas A. Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy (Scribner, 2014). Just before Superstorm Sandy, the Bounty set sail for Florida, leading to an all-out search and rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard.

GURPS Supplements

Burton West, Roger. GURPS Disasters: Meltdown and Fallout (Steve Jackson Games, 2016). For those times when a nuclear disaster happens at the same time as a hurricane.

Cambias, James L. GURPS Mars (Steve Jackson Games, 2002). Offers suggestions for what Mars would be like after it is terraformed. This supplement can serve as inspiration for other planets.

Chart, David. Transhuman Space: Wings of the Rising Sun (Steve Jackson Games, 2014). In the 22nd century, members of Japan's elite emergency rescue agency travel anywhere on Earth or Luna to save lives.

Fisher, S.A.; Hurst, Michael; and Vortisch, Hans-Christian. GURPS High-Tech (Steve Jackson Games, 2007). Useful modern gear, particularly Foodstuffs, pp. 33-35, and Expedition Gear, pp. 51-61.

Pulver, David. GURPS Spaceships series (Steve Jackson Games, 2007-2010). GURPS Spaceships 4: Fighters, Carriers, and Mecha has information on environmental effects on space combat. GURPS Spaceships 5: Exploration and Colony Spacecraft provides details on assorted space hazards that could be used to translate the effects of terrestrial hurricanes to their space equivalents. GURPS Spaceships 7: Divergent and Paranormal Tech discusses features of an air-filled cosmos.

Pulver, David, with Peters, Kenneth. GURPS Ultra-Tech (Steve Jackson Games, 2007). Useful futuristic gear, especially Foodstuffs, pp. 73-74, and Expedition Gear, pp. 74-80.

Punch, Sean. GURPS Action 1: Heroes (Steve Jackson Games, 2008). Make rescues cinematic with this supplement and others in the series. The medic, investigator, and wheel man templates are particularly appropriate for emergency management teams.

Punch, Sean. GURPS Zombies (Steve Jackson Games, 2013). Invaluable for adding the walking dead to campaigns.

Steele, Lisa J. GURPS Cops (Steve Jackson Games, 2001). When disaster strikes, the police are there to protect and serve.

Stoddard, William H. GURPS Underground Adventures (Steve Jackson Games, 2017). Gear and templates that may prove useful in flooding situations in general.

Stoddard, William H., with Dell'Orto, Peter; Howard, Dan; and Riggsby, Matt. GURPS Low-Tech (Steve Jackson Games, 2010). Useful gear for pre-modern campaigns.


Guardian, The (Andrew Davis, 2006). A champion swimmer trains to become a Coast Guard rescue swimmer.

Key Largo (John Huston, 1948). A hotel on Key Largo, Florida, with only six guests, closes up as a hurricane approaches.

Perfect Storm, The (Wolfgang Petersen, 2000). In 1991, a fishing boat out of Massachusetts is caught in a tropical storm. This movie recounts the events and what happened to the crew.

Poseidon Adventure, The (Ronald Neame, 1972). Though no storm is present, this classic disaster film tells what happens when a cruise ship is overturned in a massive wave. If possible, avoid the remakes and sequels.

Six Hours: Surviving Typhoon Yolanda (Jason Auerbach and Rudy Vegliante, 2014). This documentary recounts the events of a news crew in the Philippines sent to report on a typhoon about to strike.

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