Got a chance to tour the SF Department of Emergency Management building yesterday with +Tim Hwang +Gideon Wald +Miju Han
. This picture is of the big rubber "marshmellows" that help base-isolate the building and protect it in the event of a big earthquake.
Some other things I learned:
- Nearly 70% of SFers rent, which can cause problems in a recovery effort—a significant percentage of the economic activity could just disappear quickly
- They're doing some work to help people get to know their neighbors so in the event of a disaster, they have a local support network
- FEMA reimbursement procedures are pretty restrictive, so most emergency departments contract out to one external company not bound by those restrictions to get ad-hoc supplies
- In the event of a serious disaster, SF will mostly get its supplies through the sea