About a week ago, Sean posted about earthquake handwringing. Yes, we all know it’s coming, but are we really ready? Are we ready as a community? Are we ready as individuals? I know that, right now, I am not. I don’t have enough food to get me to the weekend, let alone supplies for up to 72 hours, for my family of four, two dogs and a cat.
It’s stupid, it’s irresponsible, and it’s all about to change, spurned on by this story:
As many as 18,000 people dead. More than $250 billion in damages. Hundreds of thousands of people left homeless. That’s not the latest estimate of Hurricane Katrina’s toll on the Gulf Coast. That’s a worst-case scenario if a major earthquake were to hit Los Angeles.
The figures are hypothetical, from a model published in May by government researchers studying the Puente Hills fault under the city. Scientists warn that there’s little doubt a major quake will hit California in coming years or decades, though many scenarios are not as disastrous as Puente Hills.
As was the case with Katrina, experts say the federal government hasn’t done enough to prepare.
Imagine the riots, plus the northridge quake, plus the brushfires, all at the same time. That’s how bad it will be, if we’re lucky, and the federal government has been too busy with Operation Pour Money Into The Desert (nod: billmon) to get properly prepared.
I’ve learned a lot of things in the aftermath of Katrina, and two of them go hand in hand: it’s incredibly important to be prepared for a disaster (and that includes some sort of terrorism that disrupts things the same way an earthquake would, for different reasons) and, right now, despite their propaganda campaign to the contrary, the federal government under George W. Bush is about as unprepared to protect and care for us as they could possibly be. And I really don’t have a whole lot of confidence in The Governator to have anything approaching a fucking clue, either. In fact, I have more faith in my magic terrorist repelling rock, than those guys.
So it’s up to me to protect and provide for my family. My wife and I are working in our garage (that’s carhold to you, The 909) this weekend, and part of the cleaning up will involve making a space to hold some serious disaster preparedness supplies. I’m going to do some research, and if anyone is interested in what I uncover, like prices, places to shop, and all that, I’ll follow-up.