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Epicenter Summit Discusses Historical Perspective On The Next Big Earthquake

Margie Shafer
April 10, 2018 - 8:00 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - Bay Area leaders are preparing for a big earthquake knowing that it could be days before federal assets arrive after that big quake. KCBS Radio's Margie Shafer reports from the Presidio where history offered some perspective for a San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell.

Farrell was in high school in the 1989 earthquake hit. He and a fellow football player had stopped for a snack “And my Mom turned to the offensive linemen in the backseat to a stop rocking the car. And he said Mrs. Farrell, it's not me." Mayor Farrell explained. "And sure enough that was the earthquake."

He told attendees at The Epicenter Summit about having his home yellow-tagged volunteering at the Marina Middle School as classes were canceled and memories of the National Guard ensuring people stayed out of his Marina neighborhood.

"I just want to say thank you all for being here. Obviously, it was just a little personal for me."

The Epicenter Summit is now in its second year bringing together public and private sectors and non-profits like the Salvation Army and Red Cross to talk about response and preparation. 

"Prior to that 72 hours of getting FEMA help and Department of Defense resources," Deputy director of the Department of Emergency Management Mike Dayton says "How are we going to get back on our feet. How are we going to meet the basic human needs."

Those needs include food water shelter but also communications.