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09/27/2005 Entry: "Are We Ready for the Big One?"

"We must also invest in preparedness. The California Legislature recently passed up the opportunity to survey the century-old levee system in the Sacramento Delta, which supplies water to 22 million Californians and many farm Central Valley farm operations. A 1995 law requiring California hospitals to retrofit their facilities by 2008 is now being pushed back by 12 years. More than 70 percent of school buildings in the state are expected to fail in an earthquake.

"Hopefully, our tectonic plates are shifting at a slower pace than our bureaucracy." Heh heh heh. "Emergency preparedness plans must be constantly reviewed and improved by those in charge. Citizens must also expect to be responsible for their own food and water for their first 72 hours following a major seismic event.

"The lessons of New Orleans should not be lost on us. Disaster will strike here and we must be prepared. After Hurricane Katrina, none has any excuses.

"A final note: our vulnerability here at home is obvious. Under the rubric of 'Superpower,' Americaís people and treasure have been spread all over the world.

"Before it is too late, letís secure the American homeland.

"Weakened levees...

"Shockingly inadequate resources for schools...

"Growing immiseration...

"All this calls out for investment in matters domestic. Where is Roosevelt when we need him?

"Wake up America!"
Are We Ready for the Big One? Mayor Brown of Oakland's Blog, September 26, 2005

And, y'know, I've noticed I've been buying more bottled water than usual.

 

 

 

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