The first thing to do when a natural (or human-made) disaster hits is get people and pets out of the building. The next thing is to head for someplace safe and where services will be provided. Over recent months, I have asked several authorities about designated gathering points for urban refugees who will need shelter and sustenance. I have not gotten an adequate answer. One response was that the junior high school in my area would receive the newly homeless, but I have never seen any publicity so stating. Another was that the radio would tell us where to go. This comes too late. All citizens must know where to relocate in an orderly fashion well in advance of a crisis.
How many blankets, tents, water containers, portable toilets and food sources can be made available within hours? Disaster could also compromise an emergency gathering site, so there must be several scattered around the county. Where are they? I ask The Bee to do a series on the quality of our disaster readiness and how to inform every concerned family about survival options. Californians responded well down south. Are we ready up north?
BRUCE E. JONES