When a natural disaster strikes, chances are it gets covered by the local news. Why? Because natural disasters can have devastating impact on people’s lives. Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami in 2004, forest fires in southern California-these are just some of the natural disasters in our recent history. Through informational science texts, we can come to understand how these forces of nature work. How much damage can floods do? What kind of natural disaster is most likely to occur where we live? What can we do to protect ourselves? These are some of the questions that readers will ask and explore.