EBX on Alameda’s earthquake risk
Local scribe Rin Kelly’s got a great piece in the East Bay Express this week that talks about whether Alameda is ready for the next big quake.
Local contractor Ken Gutleben says he’s worried the system set up to pump water in the event of an earthquake might not get water to us fast enough to fight the fires that are likely to follow, and he thinks the city should invest in equipment to pump the water we’ll need. And some out at the fire department – including the department’s former disaster preparedness coordinator and the head of the firefighters union – agree.
Kelly reports that the equipment would run Alameda about $1.5 million, no small potatoes in these tough financial times. Berkeley invested three times that much in its own system, paid for through a bond measure. (Oakland and San Francisco also have backup systems.)