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One hundred years ago today, a major earthquake hit San Francisco. There is a whole lot of press going on about it, including a ceremony in the city this morning, and a recap on "American Experience" (yes, I watch PBS too).

Here's the important thing to take way from day's anniversary -- have an emergency plan ready, and review it from time to time. In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored, as we saw with Hurricane Katrina. Don't have a plan yet? Start at http://72hours.org/. It's designed for San Francisco, but let's face it, it's a start! There is also http://www.ready.gov/america/index.html, which I don't think is as comprehensive.

And, most importantly, don't panic. (obHGTTG)

EDIT: I'm trying to use the event of 100 years ago to encourage you to plan in the event of *any* emergency. I'm not trying to advocate that people who live in areas where earthquakes happen are the only ones that need to prepare. Just ask people in NYC on the afternoon of 9/11/2001, or those that were impacted by Katrina, or those impacted with the Oklahoma bombings, or ... Regardless of *where* you live (yes, even you jiggery_pokery), you should have a contingency plan in place and review it for relevancy. That's all I'm saying.


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Apr. 18th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
According to Time Magazine (Apr. 10, 2006), the 1906 Quake and Fire left 225,000 homeless, Katrina 300,000. More than 3,000 died in 1906, the attacks on 9/11 killed 2,981.

And the numbers for SF may be off; Chinatown suffered huge damage, but because of racism, deaths and injuries there were under-reported.
Apr. 18th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ah the advantages of living on the right coast! We know when our natural disasters (Hurricanes) are coming. That gives us enough time to carefully consider our options and run!

...and don't forget your towel.
Apr. 18th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to hear what happens when you go through a "minor" 4.0 earthquake...
Apr. 18th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Ha! Wouldn't phase me a bit! (I'd faint 3.1)

And what do you mean when I go through one?
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