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  •  I used your list to supplement my kits (none)
    I really liked the new product updates and technology tips.  I combined all your diaries into one doc and tried to snag any good comments also so I had one reference doc.  I added new items to my old 'concise' emergency list. I then emailed the list to my relatives.  

    I stocked up on dollar store closeouts of pop-tarts for my kids as they like them cold.  (A CNBC Wal-Mart documentary stated there is always run on pop-tarts after a hurricane, so they order ahead of the weather.)

    Some high tech stuff will have to be ordered and I am on the waiting list for CERT training in my city.  My city is looking into starting teen CERT training through the schools net year to reach the under 16 kids.

    While I live very near the Concord EQ fault that can shake up to 7.0, we made the decision that it was better to be near a 7.0 quake than the 9.0 that the Hayward fault can shake - 100 times more.

    I do hold a different view on every-man-for-themselves vs. community effort.  I understand the need for secret planning in a survivalist mode, but at my previous small neighborhood, we had a block party and culled information from neighbors on emergency skills and resources.  Then we sent everyone an emergency planning guide and a list of every address with the skills of the occupants (EMT, firefighting, emergency management), and the major resources (pool, well, generator) and any serious medical concerns of the occupants (wheelchair bound grandmother, etc.)  Not only did everyone know better who to contact for help, but we knew who would need help most.  We agreed that if there was a white rag on the doorknob after an earthquake, that all was well and no one needed to disturb them.  If not, then neighbors would attempt to get a response. In my new (6 years) neighborhood, I barely know anyone, let alone who has medical/fire training and in a EQ/fire  they may not know that I have a pool. (BTW carpet strips dunked in a pool or garbage can full of pool water, are effective tools to combat flames.)  

    My husband and I argued/discussed the possibility of desperate evacuees coming into our neighborhood and he said one should 'lay low.'  I put forth that if the neighborhood collectively set out to help the evacuees at the local school, library, or church that it becomes a good situation for everyone. Community solutions can be good.

    Thank you for all your efforts and continued support.    

    "There is no absolute point of view." Einstein, Nietzsche, and T.S. Eliot

    by MyPOV on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 01:44:51 PM PDT

    •  Also, SFPD plan for financial district (none)
      assumes there will be 2 stories of broken glass on the sidewalks and streets. They figure it will take many days to evacuate people trapped in those buildings.

      "There is no absolute point of view." Einstein, Nietzsche, and T.S. Eliot

      by MyPOV on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 01:58:34 PM PDT

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      •  Scary prospect (none)
        Definitely highlights the need to keep a 72-hour kit at your workplace, no matter where you are.


        You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

        by AlphaGeek on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 02:35:46 PM PDT

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