KG7DHL13 karma2018-10-11 18:03:58 UTC
"The Big One" takes out our surface transportation grid via bridges wiped out on I-5, I-90, I-2.
The vast majority of people in Puget Sound have minimal (less than 3 days) supplies of all consumables (water, food, meds, fuel)
The time-to fix infrastructure will at minimum be measured in Months, not weeks
How will Emergency Management resupply the Puget Sound population with food, meds, water, fuel while we wait for infrastructure to be restored? Air, Sea??? How?
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KG7DHL2 karma2018-10-11 18:39:42 UTC
I am referring to overland interstate trucking that must come to the region from outside. Up the 1-5 corridor from the south. Through the mountain passes, where there are no other roads or viable detours that could support the massive tonnage of supplies needed in a critical emergency of an extended duration.
When those brides that connect our freeways to commerce outside the region go down (if they go down), the entire region is isolated.
While there are many who follow FEMA advice to prepare and stock for an extended duration of low/zero resupply of consumables, I encounter far too many people in the regions for whom emergency supplies consist of two bottles of water, a stale Snickers Bar and a Dora The Explorer flashlight with dead batteries from 2003.
Those people will be SOL, Hungry, Thirsty, Injured, and clamoring for succor.
KG7DHL1 karma2020-10-22 19:35:13 UTC
What Restaurants do you avoid? By type, not name.
Why I ask - I took a season of Microbiology during my college days, and my professor had previously been a state epidemiologist, and would go on these glorious tirades about the restaurant industry for being disease spreaders. This was back in the 80s, but I can still today hear him, in my head, railing about investigations that uncovered epic food safety and worker sanitation issues that made him vow never to go to a restaurant he had not personally inspected.
KG7DHL-1 karma2018-10-11 18:58:29 UTC
We now have supplies In-Region, assumably in bulk, on container ships.
What is the distribution plan for Puyallup, for Bellevue residents? How will those consumables on the water be delivered to the communities outside of direct water contact? Communities assumed now to be also berift of electricity and fuel resupply to drive to pick up points or aid assembly areas?
Let us assume (for example) that fuel supplies will be limited to what's in the car tank, and resupply for emergency vehicles and emergency services only also for an extended duration (Months).
I have a dozen neighbors around me, many who are elderly or with small children, who need critical supplies either in close walking distance (Assuming the Big One happens in good weather), or delivered to them where they live.
What is the last-mile distribution plan?
KG7DHL-1 karma2018-10-12 13:00:36 UTC
Do you seriously think that I Don't Know that? Do you think, for a moment, that I don't realize the reality that when it comes to regional disaster planning, our committed, documented plan by agency for the last mile is CERT?
The problem is that while I know this, I plan for this, I came to this realization long, long ago, CERT remains an under-the-radar for most of the communities and woefully under utilized.
This means organizational pre-planning with CERT must include not only first aid, SAR and 'be prepared', but readiness for communication with FEMA, community level logistics planning, procedures for provisioning of a neighborhood - The things I am sure you could do intuitively, living in a blizzard zone, but something I can guarantee, almost no one in West Seattle has ever considered.
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