Not Ready? You’re Not Alone.

Buckled highway outside of Napa, CA in Aug. 2014. AFP Photo/Josh EdelsonYahoo News has an article that states the obvious. In California ill-prepared for the Big One, experts say, a “recent report” advises that we need to face reality to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a catastrophe.”

Drafted by a group of business and policy leaders, the report identifies several key areas that need to be addressed before a quake as strong as a magnitude 8 happens, notably aging infrastructure, water supplies and the risk of catastrophic fires.

No kidding? If we have a serious quake in our Bay Area, our aging water infrastructure won’t be there to help us put out devastating fires. The story continues,

“Today, we are building in a huge financial vulnerability,” Jones said. “We are not going to kill people with these buildings but we are not going to be able to use them afterward and that’s a big deal. For one to two percent more of the cost, we could most likely make buildings still usable.”

Computer simulations by the US Geological Survey (USGS) suggest that a magnitude 7.8 quake on the southern end of the San Andreas fault would cause shaking for some two minutes, killing at least 1,800 people, injuring 53,000 and causing $213 billion in damage.

That’s southern California, but it applies equally to us.

“We need to get people to recognize that an event like this is a community event and we are at the beginning of that process,” Roberts said.

“This is more than say me as an individual making sure my building is gonna be safe.

“If all the other buildings in my neighborhood are knocked down and the water delivery system and power aren’t working, it won’t matter that my building is safe,” he continued.

“So we are in this together.”

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