When disaster strikes closer to home, much closer…

Chuck Squatriglia and Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writers, have written an interesting view of our reaction, Bay Area on alert as U.S. raises terror warning.

The San Francisco Office of Emergency Services have nothing interesting to share with us. I’d think this would be something they would do to show basic competence.

San Francisco earthquake

While we’re all in a disaster frame of mind, may I recommend that each and everyone of you undergo Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training? It’s as useful in an earthquake as a man-made disaster. (Remember, folks, it’s not *if* an earthquake will hit, but *when*.)

A good overview of personal emergency preparation, courtesy of theEpicenter. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re really part of the problem. Ensure that you can survive without any outside resources for at least three days, try for five. Include things for children and pets. Medicine. Imagine no power, no water, and no gas stoves (it’s a long story, but San Francisco really screwed that way.)

Getting back to Londontown, they seem to be dealing with this very well. EMS is using a new response plan, and the locals have it in hand. Good for them.

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