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April 18, 2009

SFO shaken, rattled, and rolled

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on April 18, 2009

Saturday, April 18 is the anniversary of the Great Quake of 1906. The United States Geological Survey maintains a wonderfully informative website with historical details and implications for the future.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 19, 2009 @ 10:25 am

Simon Winchester’s book ” A Crack in the Earth” interesting take on this event by non-geologist! In fact the event caused the huge growth in LA which of course is also right on a number of faults some shallow and some deep. What concerns me is that insiders tell me that CA is now not as well prepared as in the past for the “Big One” so the “Governator” better get going. Also note for the record for those ignorant of how long FEMA funding goes on after an event, there are still literally billions in unobligated FEMA funding stemming from the disaster declaration for the Northridge Earthquake in 1989. Hey CA is the leading beneficary of transfers from the President’s Disaster Relief Fund since it was created in 1950 by Public Law 81-875. What is interesting that no other state even close, not even Texas or Florida or Louisiana. How about them apples. Because FEMA refused to enforce certain federal statutes through the disaster program some Governors of CA have used FEMA funds (remember the State government, not the local governments, are the signatory to the federal-state agreement for each declared disaster and the local governments are subapplicants. In a US Court of Claims case (that court now renamed) in 1973 in a case style TEXAS v. US, the court ruled the federal-state agreement was both de facto and de jure a contract. That case has been totally ignored by both the federal and state governments since it was issued. Hey GAO wake up? He DHS OIG wake up? At least with a contract their might be accountability and deliverables of goods and services! Hey, OBAMA Administration wake up and stop using the President’s Disaster Relief Fund as economic stimulus. This approach directly undermines mitigation and preparedness. and encourages STATE and LOCAL negilgence.

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