Sunday, September 28, 2014
L.A. Prepares for the Big Quake Amid the Questions of When and How Large - Is your city prepared
My promise in the beginning was not to use scare tactics and to try to make things bite sized for you to prepare for disasters in Where to Start.
This week I read with interest how Los Angeles has begun to look at the pieces in the public forum so their citizens understand it. They have been planning for a long time, but articles like this one show you the citizen the types of things they are worried about and planning for.
LA Prepares for the Big Quake Amid Questions of When and How Large Its long (more than 30 seconds) but worth the time to read it all.
Why do I think its important citizens read this? Really two reasons:
1. Honestly, most of what we do in emergency management is not recognized by the public as it seldom produces perceptible results to the public in the short term. But it does produce things that may save lives in the long term. Pay attention to the discussions of water and transport in the article. Pay attention as your government makes budget cuts, if the Emergency Managers are on that cut list you WILL have a harder time surviving and recovering from a catastrophic event.
2. If you read this piece and pay attention to the main points they are making you can look at your planning and say okay I need to do a little more in that category, and that one looks good for now. But you are conscience of the need, and that makes it more focused.
And if you read this and think, okay I have put this off long enough- awesome. Start here and dig in, a little at a time, planning takes time.