Friday, May 01, 2015

Neosho mother and daughter featured in new book Disaster Heroes

(News release from author Suzanne Bernier)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Suzanne Bernier, award-winning and internationally-recognized crisis management consultant, has published her first nonfiction book, Disaster Heroes, which profiles the incredible stories of ordinary men, women and children who have done extraordinary things in the face of catastrophe. To celebrate these inspirational stories and invisible champions of help, hope and healing, Bernier is hosting a Disaster Heroes book launch party at the Decatur Street Fire Station, located at 317 Decatur St, in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 19, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where local heroes Rebecca and Genevieve Williams will be honored.

Following the 2011 Joplin tornado, Rebecca and Genevieve Williams provided a new way to communicate during a disaster. The mother-daughter duo, dubbed ‘sheroes’ by the author, are social media in emergency management trailblazers. Their resourcefulness and ingenuity proved to be invaluable to their community after the tornado touched ground, and many more communities thereafter. Like many of the heroes in the book, the Williams’ stood strong in the face of adversity and exemplified the underlying attribute of the American dream, grit.

“Rebecca and Genevieve chose to respond in an innovative manner that served the community in a time of profound grief and need,” says Bernier. “They chose to employ all their knowledge, experience, and resources in helping the people of Joplin recover, rebuild, and carry on.”

Pre-release reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. “Suzanne Bernier has compiled a moving selection of stories from philanthropic men and women around the globe who acted with compassion and love in the face of catastrophe, be it natural or man-made. They didn’t just talk about what should be done; they did it. They helped rescue, rebuild, and restore a faith in humanity that, especially in the face of such misfortune, can at times seem a foregone idea,” says The Honorable Tom Ridge, First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Following the event, Bernier will be available for media interviews and further inquiries. You can follow the book’s progress on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the author, the book and crisis management consulting, please visit Pictures for news stories will be provided upon request. For any addition information or media inquiries, please contact Suzanne Bernier at 647-825-8744 or at

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