How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness, with lessons from New Orleans ~Justin Gerdes, Atlantic Cities

My original quote in the masthead upper left used to read: “These days, it is only through disasters, be they natural or man-made, that Americans may know any sort of cultural cohesion.” This concept came to me soon after the Federal Flood of New Orleans 8-29-05, when the Army Corps of Engineers levees and flood-walls…

6.9 earthquake felt across Northern California, southern Oregon ~Shelby Grad, L.A. Times

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage from a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Eureka in Northern California on Sunday night. The quake, which was followed by several smaller aftershocks, was felt across Northern California and as far south as San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey….

In Rim Fire’s wake, lessons for saving our forests ~Barry Bergman, UC Berkeley

In late July, UC Berkeley fire ecologist Scott Stephens was working in Stanislaus National Forest, gathering data on how a century had altered its character. What he saw were the signs of a clear and present danger. “The thing that was startling was that there was more change than I ever would have imagined,” recalls…