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“Telstar Logistics is Marginally Prepared!” – A Lecture about Earthquake Preparedness on YouTube from the State of CA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Check it:

“In this week’s episode of Totally Unprepared, we visit the San Francisco home of Telstar Logistics founder, Todd Lappin, and his daughter Miel. Our host Ron Haralson quizes Todd on his earthquake preparedness, and takes he and Miel for a ride in the Big Shaker.”

All this is brought to you by the California Emergency Management Agency, the California Earthquake Authority, and the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.

Why Not Just Have Larry Ellison Simply Pay the $128 Million or Whatever It Costs to Let Him Have His America’s Cup Here?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Does that make sense? I mean, did we pay for AT&T Park? Not really, right?

So why should we pay a dime for the America’s Cup? Crazy (Like a Fox) Larry Ellison could certainly afford to pay for his boat party so why doesn’t he just pay for his boat party? If he doesn’t like that, then he can host his shindig someplace else, right?

The way things are going, Bridget Fonda will be the only remaining fan of Crazy Larry:

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Now Larry cares what people in the bay area think about him, right?

And Larry told the previous Mayor “I’ll give you anything for any project,” right?

So let’s figure the exact eight-figure amount that this thing will cost us, as best we can, and then tell Larry’s people as soon as we can so he can start making alternative arrangements. And then, if he forks over the cash, all the presumed benefits we may or may not net will just be gravy, and we’ll all sing the praises of Saint Larry the Reviver of San Francisco.

Why not let’s do that?

An Early Morning Shot from Sky1Ron Shows Just What Kind of Nothingburger Treasure Island Actually Is

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Sky1Ron, San Francisco’s very own Arnie Pye In the Sky, has another nice shot, this time from sunrise above Alameda County.

That three-foot-high sand spit you see jutting into San Francisco Bay is your vaunted Treasure Island.

Doesn’t look like too much, huh?

S1R

And here’s how she appeared 75 years ago. Is this terra all that firma?

Borne on the wings of time
It seemed the answers were so easy to find

Too late, the prophets cry
The island’s sinking, lets take to the sky

Resolved: Earthquakes with Magnitudes of Less than 3.0 are Not Worth Reporting – Danville’s 2.0 Was No Big Whoop

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Well, run for the hills, Ma Barker – it’s been reported that Danville, CA had an earthquake of magnitude 2.0 on the Richter (or, IRL, moment magnitude) scale this morning.

Now really, is this event worth reporting if nobody even felt it? I mean, don’t we have hundreds of tiny earthquakes going on all the time? So why inform readers about quakes of magnitude 2, or 1, or zero, or less than zero?

Now, what if The Great Danville Micro-Quake of Novembre 7th in the Year of Our Lord Twenty Hundred and Half a Score, well what if it had had about thirty times as much energy? Well, then it would be a 3.0 and people would have felt it and then it’d be worth reporting.

You know where you want to be the next time a Big One comes? The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed state building in San Francisco’s Civic Center. It’s resting on 288 eight-foot hydraulic seismic dampers. Like this one:

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Ergo, resolved: Earthquakes with Magnitudes of Less than 3.0 are Not Worth Reporting.

Brace Yourselves This Thursday: On 10-21, at 10:21 AM, Sirens Will Blare for the Great CA ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

You know what Mad Men’s Don Draper would say about this Thursday’s Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill? He’d say that if it was really all that great, then you wouldn’t need to have the word “great” in the name.

But no matter, all’s you have to do now is make a mental note and then when All Hell Breaks Loose on Thursday, 10-21, at 10:21* AM you can tell those around you to keep calm because it’s just a drill.  

Or just plug your ears – that’s the other option:

And here’s a visual aid the boys in the Art Department just whipped up:

And here’s the FB and the Twitter.

And here’s a peek at part of the Facebook Wall:

The Great California ShakeOut: Imagine a civic group is hosting a huge potluck. Volunteers issue invitations, set up tables & put out plates. What if 100 families are expected & come, but only 10 families bring a potluck dish & the other 90 don’t? Can you see how this type of scenario could impact the aftermath of the next quake? If your friends… are not registered for the ShakeOut, please invite them today! Be a friend. Help others prepare!”
 
And here’s the first reply:
 
Tony Willis I know that i am going to eat and so are my dogs.”
 
O.K. then. That’s the spirit, Tony!
 
All right, see you Thursday. Shake Baby, Shake.
 
*This could be a reference to the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake but I don’t know. 

The Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time: 10:20 AM
- 10:30 AM
 

Location: SF State University Campus-wide

Web: http://www.sfsu.edu/emergency

Sponsor: SFSU Office of Emergency Preparedness

The “Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill” is sponsored annually by CALEMA, the California Emergency Management Agency, to promote earthquake preparedness throughout California. At 10:21 a.m. SF State will test all building and outdoor sirens and the mass notification system that reaches the campus community via phones, email, SMS text and TTY messaging.

Call 811 Before You Dig – Plus What About N11 Codes 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 911?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Your local gas and electric utility monopoly would like you to think before you dig. PG&E reminds us all today to call 811 at least two days before you start digging around, else you might hit a gas main and blow yourself to kingdom come. Some local folks will answer the phone and check things out for you and what’s wrong with that?

But what about all the other x11 telephone services – they are starting to add up huh? Let’s learn about them below.

 

Here there are, all the N11 Codes we have:

211 Community Information and Referral Services

311 Non-Emergency Police and Other Governmental Services

411 Local Directory Assistance

511 Traffic and Transportation Information

611 Telephone Repair Service

711 Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)

811 Access to One Call Services to Protect Pipeline and Utilities from Excavation Damage

911 Emergency

Wow, that’s a lot.

211
(800) 273-6222  Alternative Number
(415) 808-4357  Alternative Number
2-1-1 information and referral service for San Francisco. Information and referral service via regular number for the following counties in California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano.
411
  • Free 411 (800-373-3411)  If you don’t mind listening to a 10-second ad first, Free 411 lives up to its name, giving you free business and residential listings (which can optionally be delivered via text message). Thanks to reader kwright for the tip on this one!
  • GOOG-411 (800-466-4411)  Google’s 411 service is surprisingly ad-free, though it limits you to business listings. Like Free 411, it can automatically connect your call and/or send you the listing via SMS. See it in action in the above video.
  • Live Search 411 (800-225-5411) Microsoft’s 411 service offers not only business listings, but also traffic and weather reports, movie showtimes, travel resources, and more. (Live Search also powers Microsoft’s Tellme service.)
  • 511
    611
    Try it on your phone, see what happens. Probably you’ll get somebody from your phone co.
    711
    811
    See today’s release from Pigs Giraffes & Elephants, after the jump.
    911
    So there you have it, your N11 dialing codes.

    The Minor Bay Area Earthquake of March 30, 2009 – a 4.3 on the Richter Scale

    Monday, March 30th, 2009

    That didn’t feel so bad in the 415. A little scary at first, for a second or two. After that you could tell it wasn’t going to be a big deal…

    Magnitude 4.3
    Date-Time
    • Monday, March 30, 2009 at 17:40:29 UTC
    • Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10:40:29 AM at epicenter
    Location 37.285°N, 121.620°W
    Depth 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
    Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Distances
    • 18 km (11 miles) N (7°) from Morgan Hill, CA
    • 19 km (12 miles) E (91°) from Seven Trees, CA
    • 20 km (13 miles) ESE (117°) from Alum Rock, CA
    • 25 km (16 miles) ESE (104°) from San Jose City Hall, CA
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.1 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
    Parameters NST=250, Nph=250, Dmin=7 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp= 58°,
    M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
    Source
    Event ID nc40234037

    World’s Longest RV – Meet the SFPD’s Mobile Command One

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    Straight out of Louisiana, this joint effort from Ferrara Fire Apparatus and Applied Global Technologies will be the center of attention the next time San Francisco faces a crisis.

    Or a tailgate party.

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    San Francisco Hosts Multi-Agency Terror Drill Exercise

    Monday, August 18th, 2008

    This is what it looked like on Saturday when San Francisco held a dress rehearsal for disaster in the Financial District. Hundreds of people were on the scene. They came from an alphabet soup of local, state, and federal agencies, such as SFFD, SFPD, FEMA, FBI, the Army, etc.

    KGO-TV has some video.

    A decontamination tent near the 555 California building. Click to expand