We have located what we believe is the most current version of San Francisco California's seismic response plan. This is of interest to those who are reviewing their local community plans. As the reader looks through this extensive document we believe that it will stimulate ideas and questions that will improve personal and family preparedness. This may also be valuable for community planners who are wrestling with special local issues. Ideas and approaches are important, and this one is worth sharing with any community where seismic issues are prominent.
Today, more than 5 years after the category 3 hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, several thousand people still live in temporary housing and an estimated 25% of the city’s population has not returned. The catastrophe of cascading consequences that Katrina wrought was devastating, even more so because the high storm surge and levee collapse accompanying the hurricane had been anticipated. In fact, the event, as played out, closely mirrored one of three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “worst case” scenarios – that is, one of the three most catastrophic disasters expected to occur in the United States.