We’re still wondering who is in charge of managing the aftermath of a major earthquake that would happen here, but there’s good news at least because some of us are beginning to talk about how technology may be able to help. More on that in a sec.
First, guess what a FEMA report in early 2001 said was among the three most likely catastrophic disasters to hit the country. Yup, after hurricane-induced flooding in New Orleans, and a major terrorist attack, it was a massive earthquake in San Francisco. Even Bay Area state politicians don’t think we’re ready (free registration).
Our Merc colleague Paul Rogers has a good summary of the local danger here. It is worth a read. Here is the crux:
There is a 2-in-3 chance of catastrophic levee failure in the [San Francisco Bay] delta in the next 50 years, according to geologist Jeffrey Mount, director of the University of California-Davis Center for Watershed Studies.
The good news is that thanks to John Battelle, there’s a date and a room for a Recovery 2.0 meeting at the Web 2.0 conference, according to this post by Jeff Jarvis. (We mentioned Jarvis’ earlier efforts to do this here, and as we told Jarvis in comments, we plan to cover it). It is Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Argent Hotel, 50 3rd Street, San Francisco.
The aim, again, is to just to bring together smart people trying to do good things so we can do them better, not to create any giant organization and bureacracy (we already have FEMA and we know how well that’s working…). Background here; wiki here.