Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two out of three ain't good

Will we be more ready for the next big earthquake in California then we were for 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina?

"U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones remembers attending an emergency training session in August 2001 with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that discussed the three most likely catastrophes to strike the United States.

First on the list was a terrorist attack in New York. Second was a super-strength hurricane hitting New Orleans. Third was a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault.

Now that the first two have come to pass, she and other earthquake experts are using the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity to reassess how California would handle a major temblor." (Los Angeles Times, 9/8/05)

This past week southern Californians participated in a huge planning simulation,

The Great Southern California ShakeOut

I think we'll be hearing from one of our contributors about this exercise.

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