Sen. Barbara Boxer on Earthquake Preparedness [CORRECTED]


[First of all, I'd like to apologize for what I said in an earlier version of this post. I've long been a fan of California's better Senator, Barbara Boxer. However, earlier today in this entry I posted her earthquake preparedness tips and mocked her concern for our well-being, going so far as to call her the "B" word and suggesting she "keep her dirty mitts off my life". For that I deeply apologize, and I hope she will forgive me. However, I also hope she will understand the pain that we progressives feel over her support for that despicable DINO Joe Lieberman. Once again, I apologize for what I said earlier, and I hope she will both forgive me and rethink her position. And, I hope she will accept my invitation to be a contributor here at Huff and Blow. Herewith, her tips:]

Dear Friend:

Californians know that a devastating earthquake could occur anywhere in the state at any time. And we also know that a major earthquake would cause hundreds or thousands of deaths, widespread homelessness, and massive property damage.

Although Californians are aware of these important facts, somehow the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) still do not seem to have gotten the message. Last September, I requested a copy of the FEMA disaster recovery plan for California. After several months, I was disappointed to receive a general reply outlining the things that might happen following a generic disaster.

Recently, following a new report from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the geologic stress that is present especially along the southern portions of the San Andreas Fault -- and the likelihood that a major earthquake is, in fact, overdue -- I again asked for a detailed plan for actions that would follow an earthquake. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, I have again requested a plan specific to California on the steps that would be taken in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake to respond to widespread destruction.

Sadly, it appears that little has changed at FEMA in the year following Hurricane Katrina. The agency appears to be woefully unprepared for an earthquake of major magnitude and the devastation that would follow in California. You can count on me to continue to demand a substantive plan that is designed to keep Californians safe in the days following an earthquake.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator