FEMA lacks plan for Bay Area quake response

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In the wake of FEMA’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, Boxer has called on the agency to release whatever disaster-response plans it has for California. “I don’t believe that we actually have a comprehensive plan that would address earthquakes throughout the state of California,” Kevin Clark, California spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Tuesday. Clark added: “To the best of my knowledge, there is no plan FEMA has authored that would address how FEMA would respond to a Bay Area earthquake.” Local and state officials are responsible for designing disaster plans, Clark said, while FEMA is available for technical help and other guidance. Local governments also coordinate all of their plans with the agency’s national response plan, an “all-hazards” approach that is not specific to any type of disaster or location. In the Bay Area, where leaders recently created an initiative to regionally coordinate emergency response for a large-scale disaster, officials agreed that responsibility rests with local government. “FEMA is one of our stakeholders in this regional effort,” said Annemarie Conroy, San Francisco’s director of emergency services. “We are inviting them into the process in helping us craft and devise and be a part of this 10-county plan.” But, she said, “It wouldn’t be FEMA’s plan.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FEMA officials said Tuesday they do not have a response plan specifically designed in the event of a major California earthquake, despite identifying a San Francisco quake as one of the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing the country. Federal officials said Tuesday that creating such a disaster-response plan isn’t their job – but the revelation still prompted a call by Sen. Barbara Boxer for a congressional inquiry. “It’s not like it would be a surprise. If you can anticipate a disaster, you should plan for it,” said Boxer’s spokesman, David Sandretti. “We are going to be demanding congressional hearings.” In early 2001, FEMA reportedly identified a massive earthquake in San Francisco as one of the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing the country in addition to a terrorist attack in New York and a hurricane in New Orleans. last_img read more


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