March 29, 2011 |
Structural engineer Kit Miyamoto was giving a speech in Japan on earthquake safety when this month's record quake struck, giving him a front-row seat for the unfolding disaster and what steps might save lives next time. "This disaster basically paralyzed the whole country," said Miyamoto, president of West Sacramento-based Miyamoto International, standing amid the wreckage in this battered coastal city. "We can learn a lot of lessons for California. " What worked, and what didn't?
HOME & GARDEN
March 19, 2011
Buying or making an emergency kit is just one of three steps that the American Red Cross recommends in preparation for a disaster. Step 2 is to develop a plan for your household, including the designation of two meeting places. One meeting place should be near the home and used in case of immediate threat such as fire. The second meeting place should be outside your neighborhood and used to reunite if you are evacuated or cannot go back home. Every household also should designate emergency contacts outside the region, to increase the chances of successful communication if local telephone lines are not fully operational.
March 12, 2011 |
Earthquakes dwell deep in the Japanese imagination. No country may be better prepared for a major earthquake than Japan. Seismic standards for construction are among the strictest in the world. From a young age, Japanese learn to dive under desks to protect themselves in a quake. The nation has a state-of-the-art tsunami warning system. That preparation undoubtedly saved many lives Friday, when a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off Japan's main island, shaking buildings in a large swath of the country and sending a 30-foot tsunami onto a populated stretch of coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2011 |
Jack Popejoy, a morning news anchor on KNX and KFWB who was a distinguished earthquake reporter for more than 25 years on Southern California radio, has died. He was 63. Popejoy, who last worked on the air less than two weeks ago, died Saturday of cancer at his Sherman Oaks home, KNX announced. "Jack had a tremendous ability to take very complex things and make them easy to understand," said Andy Ludlum, director of news programming for KNX-AM (1070) and KFWB-AM (980). "He also had a marvelous ability to make you feel calm," Ludlum said, "and could assure people that no matter how grim things look at the time, they will be OK. " On Sept.
December 25, 2010 |
I am a retired U.S. Marine, having been drafted at the end of the Vietnam War. At one time, I commanded a squadron of 1,200 Marines and sailors. And, like many of my fellow veterans, I believed that the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy worked well, enabling some fine Americans to serve this great nation. But although I embraced the policy then, I now know that it denied us the service of some highly talented men and women. It continues to cost us even after its repeal. Why the change in my viewpoint?
December 6, 2010 |
Dear Karen: I have a small family business that sells earthquake-preparedness devices. We want newspaper and television exposure. Suggestions? Answer: Position yourself as a disaster preparedness expert, said Michael Olguin, president of Formula, a public relations firm in San Diego. "Pitch yourself as a third-party expert that electronic and print media can call on during annual drills and preparedness events and after there's a quake anywhere in the world," Olguin said.