April 22nd, 2013–
Over the weekend FEMA and the Red Cross held a gathering to inform the public about disaster preparedness. Taking the opportunity to commemorate the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of the city, the groups also rolled out their “Map Your Block” idea.
With some simple ideas and helpful hints the new concept may help to get our populated cities socializing with a neighborhood/community mindset on preparedness. The PDF provide in this link: Map Your Block
…outlines the steps one should take to get prepared and how they may go about getting to know their neighbors and learning how local skills may be of assistance in a crisis.
This idea of building awareness “one block at a time” is great. Yet it does shed some light on the limited abilities that FEMA and the Red Cross see themselves providing in the event of a large scale disaster in the Bay Area, link the anticipated 6.5-7.2 earthquake that will destroy many parts of the bay when it happens.
For more information on how to prepare for a disaster in this area look back on some previous post on this topic and download these PDFs:
“Map Your Block”
“Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country”
“Living on Shaky Ground”