September 13, 2005

LESSON ONE--THE NEXT DISASTER WILL BE MUCH THE SAME:

San Franciscans should prepare to survive three days without help (KIM CURTIS, 9/13/05, Associated Press)

City residents should prepare to survive at least three days without help if disaster - from an earthquake to a terror attack - strikes, according to the city's Office of Emergency Services.

A city-sponsored Web site, http://www.72hours.org, includes lists of everything well-stocked San Franciscans should keep in their home and cars to be ready for the next big emergency when power, running water and telephones may be unavailable for days.

"If Hurricane Katrina didn't prove it to you, I don't know what will," Mayor Gavin Newsom said recently at a news conference unveiling a citywide public awareness campaign aimed at getting people ready for a major disaster. "I'm not waiting, in the event of an emergency, for Air Force One."

But some residents question how realistic it is to tuck away several gallons of water, plastic sheeting and extra food, clothes and rain gear in the city's tiny apartments.


Both the three day lead time and the resistance to preparing jibe with Katrina, the all-around response to which looks better every day.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2005 6:35 PM
Comments

Having experienced a 7.2 earthquake in San Francisco, I recommend not being there for an 8.5 or 9.0. It would be far worse than New Orleans.

Posted by: pj at September 13, 2005 6:41 PM

"But some residents question how realistic it is to tuck away several gallons of water, plastic sheeting and extra food, clothes and rain gear in the city's tiny apartments." They are so right. Move.

Posted by: at September 13, 2005 6:47 PM

The above was mine.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 13, 2005 6:49 PM

"But some residents question how realistic it is to tuck away several gallons of water, plastic sheeting and extra food, clothes and rain gear in the city's tiny apartments."

Wow. That has to be the dumbest thing I've read all week. If you have a sink, you certainly have room for at least several gallons beneath it. And considering that it takes weeks to starve, a large cache of food isn't necessary--a normally stocked cabinet will do. And how exactly does one live in Northern California without plenty of warm clothes for wet weather?

The advice to move is still probably worth taking, though--who wants to live in the Bay area anyway?

Posted by: b at September 13, 2005 6:54 PM

I found it interesting that except for a pocket knife, there was no discussion of personal defense/protection at the web site cited. Of course, this is from the enlightened folks in SF. For an alternative which considers self defense needs, I suggest visiting Kim du Toit's website and look at his grab-and-go bags: Not Paranoid, Grab-And-Go I, and Grab-And-Go II.

I also found it interesting that the SF website warned to use only land-lines, not cell phones, to report bomb threats. What's up with this?

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 13, 2005 7:47 PM

Newsom took some time out from his gay marriage activities to bash Bush? good for him.

The "prepare to be on your own for 72 hrs" rule has been around since 9/11 and even earlier (I remember the family stocking up in preparation for winter storms in NE). The MSM attitude that the feds should have been there within minutes doesn't match reality.

Posted by: AWW at September 13, 2005 7:49 PM

Our city, which has been through a few hurricanes and tropical storms, recommends supplies for 14 days .

Posted by: anon_in_texas at September 13, 2005 10:06 PM

The day after the quake, San Francisco's City Council will pass a resolution decaring itself a quake-free zone and demanding the facisct military industrial complez remove its mechanisms of death from their city ... and while you're at it, could you please send us $50 billion in cash.

Posted by: John at September 13, 2005 10:28 PM

I think the real question is whether to prepare to hunker down or to run. Of course, if there is an earthquake, you probably won't get any advance warning.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 13, 2005 11:24 PM

The nerve. When he says don't expect AF1, he's really saying don't expect Gavin Newsom. What kind of guy gets elected Mayor and expects the responsibility of his city to fall right to the feds?

By the way, there are pills that you can theoretically live on for 6 months if you have water. For the space of a couple Tums containers you can insure you won't starve to death. These kinds of things should be stored by the local authorities.

Posted by: RC at September 14, 2005 12:29 AM

"San Francisco's City Council will pass a resolution decaring itself a quake-free zone and [demand] the facisct military industrial complez remove its mechanisms of death from their city."

In a way they've already started. The Council recently voted 8-3 against allowing the retired battleship USS Iowa to be berthed at the waterfront.

Posted by: George B at September 14, 2005 10:45 AM
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