The history of presidential dealings with disasters shows that whatever their ideology, presidents need to be prepared to deal with unexpected crises. In recent years, the expectations have grown as the disasters seem to appear to be coming more frequently. In this presentation, Tevi Troy will discuss themes from his book, Shall We Wake the President? This includes a survey of the evolving role of the president in dealing with disasters and how our presidents have handled disasters throughout our history. He will also discuss the likelihood of similar disasters befalling modern America, as well as how smart policies today can help us avoid future crises or have better reactions if they occur.