Be Prepared

Brady Westwater just posted an interesting comment on my site about what can be learned from what’s going on in New Orleans. He writes:

“It is also increasing clear that New Orleans is not remotely prepared to even get its citizens to safety – much less prepared to deal with the aftermath of the disaster. This should be a wake-up call for Los Angeles to get serious about dealing with our upcoming ‘big one’.”

So that brings up a good question – what can we do to prepare? I’m not talking about the usual stock-up-on-water-and-batteries kind of stuff, but on a larger scale as a city. Where are we lacking and what should we be pushing for to make sure that if/when something happens here we’re as protected and ready as we can be?

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  1. I think he made an excellen point, and I’m ashamed to say I have no idea what shoud be done, either as individuals or at the city/state government level (since I’ve only lived here for 5 months after leaving Boston, I plead ignorance on how to prepare for earthquakes). I will say this, though: if there ever is any kind of evacuation order, I will be out the door as quickly as possible. Given what traffic is like on a normal work day, I imagine getting out of LA when 80% of the city is trying to do the same would result in days-long traffic jams on the roads out of town.

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