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.
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.