"We're proud to have partnered with the National Weather Service on ourPaul Hogarth laments on BeyondChron.org that while "the Mayor stalls on mid-year budget cut announcements, his office
comprehensive tsunami readiness program, and that we've become the
largest city in the nation to earn the TsunamiReady™ designation," said
Mayor Gavin Newsom.
sends out press releases announcing that San Francisco is ready for the
next tsunami." The thing is, budgets are really complicated and stuff. You know man, like, numbers. Numbers, man! Meanwhile, achieving trademark-Tsunami readiness must have been easy as pie for us. Check out these requirements:
a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather
spotters and holding emergency exercises.
off, we all know that the city's network of after-hours clubs would
make an excellent networked emergency operations center. Where else are
you going to find an entire throng of people who are energized and
alert at 4:47 on a Sunday morning?
communicate? Let's see, beyond radio, television, the noon air-raid
siren, the internet, police with megaphones and the Street Sheet, now we have Twitter. That's seven right there and I didn't even include text messages.
These bastards monitor the weather with a ferocity that grounds
aircraft and shatters holiday dreams all because of a bit of excessive
moisture in the air.
as difficult to organize in San Francisco as a piss-up in a brewery,
which of course make for some of the best community seminars the city
has to offer. Right up there with Drinking Liberally's weekly meeting spot in the backyard of Zeitgeist. Long story short, not exactly a chore.
a formal hazardous weather program is a grand idea - but could it
really have been that difficult? One memo: Change Disaster Focus From
Earthquakes to Earthquakes and Tsumanis Please. Bam. Job done. Besides,
what's an earthquake but hazardous weather underground?
"Marking this achievement, city officials received a TsunamiReady™Isn't
toolkit that includes road signs that identify tsunami inundation
zones, evacuation routes and safe areas."
this the sort of thing NOAA ought to give cities BEFORE they are
certified Tsunamiready™? Aren't these signs the sort of thing a city
should post BEFORE it be considered ready for a Tsunami (which is
semantically different from TsunamiReady™)?
Are we trusting our future to politicians who prefer name-brand preparation to the real thing?