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‘We’ are the First Responders in an Earthquake

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We are the First Responders in an Earthquake, San Francisco

A great post on MissionLoc@l today reveals a brutal and likely scenario:

“We’ve done the calculations based on Loma Prieta,” the instructor says, an image of a large fireball on the screen behind him. “In a major earthquake with just winds of 10 miles per hour, we’ll see 71 large fires, 40 major rescue operations. We’ll need 273 engines.

“We don’t have those,” he says, flatly. “So where are we going to get the help?”

That would be the folks themselves – those of us who live in the affected neighborhoods.

If this article doesn’t make you want to take NERT or CERT training, it will probably at least make you think again about how to take care of yourself in the case of an untimely shake.

And let’s face it, it seems like everywhere but Northern California has been hit lately, so our number is due to come up soon.

2 Comments
  • Chris Rusak | Apr 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    “And let’s face it, it seems like everywhere but Northern California has been hit lately, so our number is due to come up soon.”

    I do not appreciate your external reinforcement of my nightly internal anxieties.

  • Jeff Diehl | Apr 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

    buy an earthquake kit. more importantly, figure out a place to meet your friends when communications go down. then you’ll feel less anxiety, and appreciate my scare-mongering!

    either that, or you’ll start to realize the horrors that happen to people who live beyond the initial shake and have to decide whether to become looters/cannibals or not.