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Caltrans Earth: http://earth.dot.ca.gov/
TWITTER: @CaltransD4
COMMENT: California Department of Transportation or Caltrans have their own Google Earth service called Caltrans Earth. As you can see from the accompanying graphic, Caltrans Earth was configured to display the San Francisco Bay Area road network, earthquake and aftershock locations, and area hospital heliports. Caltrans district 4 covers the entire nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region. 
USGS or United States Geological Survey located the M6.1 earthquake epicenter within the marsh area west of the Napa Executive Airport (large orange circle) and not far from the Napa Valley Marina — both are key transportation infrastructure for Napa County along the Napa River. The smaller aftershocks (smaller orange circles) have be documented to be in the dozens so far. There are three primary hospital heliports within this North Bay region that would have served any casualties, if the M6.1 or a possible future earthquake event warranted it.
At this hour, the cities of Napa and Vallejo have declared State of Emergency noticies and the California Governor’s Office have declared a State of Emergency in order for relevant government resources to be directed into the North Bay region. Napa, Vallejo and American Canyon have all issued Earthquake Updates on their municipal websites to inform the general public. 

Caltrans Earth: http://earth.dot.ca.gov/

TWITTER: @CaltransD4

COMMENT: California Department of Transportation or Caltrans have their own Google Earth service called Caltrans Earth. As you can see from the accompanying graphic, Caltrans Earth was configured to display the San Francisco Bay Area road network, earthquake and aftershock locations, and area hospital heliports. Caltrans district 4 covers the entire nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region. 

USGS or United States Geological Survey located the M6.1 earthquake epicenter within the marsh area west of the Napa Executive Airport (large orange circle) and not far from the Napa Valley Marina — both are key transportation infrastructure for Napa County along the Napa River. The smaller aftershocks (smaller orange circles) have be documented to be in the dozens so far. There are three primary hospital heliports within this North Bay region that would have served any casualties, if the M6.1 or a possible future earthquake event warranted it.

At this hour, the cities of Napa and Vallejo have declared State of Emergency noticies and the California Governor’s Office have declared a State of Emergency in order for relevant government resources to be directed into the North Bay region. Napa, Vallejo and American Canyon have all issued Earthquake Updates on their municipal websites to inform the general public. 


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Pacific Gas & Electric - Electric Outage Center http://www.pge.com/myhome/outages/outage/ COMMENT: San Francisco Bay Area residents, as well as those in Northern California that felt this morning’s M6.1 earthquake, can go the PG&E Electric Outage Center (see link) here to check the status of their electrical power within their local communities. As the PG&E map here reveals, the majority of PG&E power outages have occurred in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, with the more severe cases (red circles) happening north of the earthquake epicenter.  It should be noted that in the North Bay region, the earthquake fault lines there, including this previously dormant Franklin Fault (the epicenter of this morning’s earthquake), are minor branches of the more deadly and famous duo — San Andreas Fault Line and the Hayward Fault Line. So far, USGS or United States Geological Survey personnel have indicated that there is a possibility that this morning’s M6.1 earthquake may be a prelude to a much larger earthquake event yet to occur in the near future.

Pacific Gas & Electric - Electric Outage Center
http://www.pge.com/myhome/outages/outage/

COMMENT: San Francisco Bay Area residents, as well as those in Northern California that felt this morning’s M6.1 earthquake, can go the PG&E Electric Outage Center (see link) here to check the status of their electrical power within their local communities. As the PG&E map here reveals, the majority of PG&E power outages have occurred in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, with the more severe cases (red circles) happening north of the earthquake epicenter.

It should be noted that in the North Bay region, the earthquake fault lines there, including this previously dormant Franklin Fault (the epicenter of this morning’s earthquake), are minor branches of the more deadly and famous duo — San Andreas Fault Line and the Hayward Fault Line. So far, USGS or United States Geological Survey personnel have indicated that there is a possibility that this morning’s M6.1 earthquake may be a prelude to a much larger earthquake event yet to occur in the near future.


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ShakeAlert at the UC Berkeley Seismo Lab for the M6 American Canyon Earthquake on 24th Aug 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwdCJ31LFGI

TWITTER: @BerkeleySeismo

Richard Allen - Berkeley Seismo Lab
Published on Aug 24, 2014
The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning project issued an alert for the M6.0 American Canyon earthquake on Aug 24th, 2014. The event was felt across the San Francisco Bay Area. The demonstration warning system provided 10 seconds warning at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (as shown in this video) and more warning to users in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.


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Nearly Every State Is at Risk of a Damaging Earthquake, Report Says http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Nearly-Every-State-Is-at-Risk-of-a-Damaging-Earthquake-Report-Says.html Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1091/ COMMENT: Since the USGS or United States Geological Survey a couple weeks ago updated their U.S. National Seismic Hazards Map (http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1091/) information, it was apropos to do a little more research into the geological structure and history of the North American continent in order to fully understand the issue at hand.  As the accompanying map shows (click to open), the USGS Hazards Map (left) that was updated recently is color coded to show the obvious about earthquake dangers in the United States — the “hot pink” color indicating the clearest danger zones — California, Pacific Coast, part of Alaska, big island of Hawaii, parts of the Rocky Mountain region, the New Madrid area, and to the east, part of South Carolina.  But what’s more interesting as the research went deaper, is the reason for why the northernmost section of the United States almost never find itself in earthquake danger. That is where the next map (right) comes into play here.  What we see here is a map of North America that shows the geological history of this continent. Geologists know this paleohistory and ancient landmass by the name, Laurentia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurentia), or North American Craton (brown color). Centered around the Hudson Bay in Canada, this is the underlying or foundational landmass that makes up North America, and that is also the most geologically stable. What is called the Accretionary Belt (green) is the infamous "Ring Of Fire" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Fire) earthquake zone, that is also the youngest and most unstable geological area of North America.  In other words, the further away you get from the North American Craton center, the more geologically unstable the ground underneath becomes. So putting both maps together, we see the geological correlation, and also understand the USGS earthquake hazard findings.  This bit of dry but informative geological history lesson makes it a lot clearer on the reasons for this type of natural disaster here in North America. Persons involved in emergency preparedness and disaster management now have additional information to cope with this ever present danger.

Nearly Every State Is at Risk of a Damaging Earthquake, Report Says
http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Nearly-Every-State-Is-at-Risk-of-a-Damaging-Earthquake-Report-Says.html

Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps
http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1091/

COMMENT: Since the USGS or United States Geological Survey a couple weeks ago updated their U.S. National Seismic Hazards Map (http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1091/) information, it was apropos to do a little more research into the geological structure and history of the North American continent in order to fully understand the issue at hand.

As the accompanying map shows (click to open), the USGS Hazards Map (left) that was updated recently is color coded to show the obvious about earthquake dangers in the United States — the “hot pink” color indicating the clearest danger zones — California, Pacific Coast, part of Alaska, big island of Hawaii, parts of the Rocky Mountain region, the New Madrid area, and to the east, part of South Carolina.

But what’s more interesting as the research went deaper, is the reason for why the northernmost section of the United States almost never find itself in earthquake danger. That is where the next map (right) comes into play here.

What we see here is a map of North America that shows the geological history of this continent. Geologists know this paleohistory and ancient landmass by the name, Laurentia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurentia), or North American Craton (brown color). Centered around the Hudson Bay in Canada, this is the underlying or foundational landmass that makes up North America, and that is also the most geologically stable. What is called the Accretionary Belt (green) is the infamous "Ring Of Fire" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Fire) earthquake zone, that is also the youngest and most unstable geological area of North America.

In other words, the further away you get from the North American Craton center, the more geologically unstable the ground underneath becomes. So putting both maps together, we see the geological correlation, and also understand the USGS earthquake hazard findings.

This bit of dry but informative geological history lesson makes it a lot clearer on the reasons for this type of natural disaster here in North America. Persons involved in emergency preparedness and disaster management now have additional information to cope with this ever present danger.


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Public Safety Innovation Showcased by San Francisco Startup Community http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Public-Safety-Innovation-San-Francisco-Startup-Community.html  San Francisco Demos Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Results http://www.govtech.com/applications/San-Francisco-Demos-Entrepreneurship-in-Residence-Results.html COMMENT: This is exactly the type of PPP or public-private partnership efforts that is needed that will benefit municipalities in both emergency preparedness, disaster management, and business continuity. San Francisco’s emerging business startup and hi-tech communities (not withstanding the current controversy over Google buses to Silicon Valley issue) is starting to gain footing in finding solutions for common or realistic real-life scenarios that can place municipalities at risk of natural and man-made disaster scenarios, for example. As both articles mention, the July 30th 2014 announcement in San Francisco saw Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath at the forefront along with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in encouraging local homegrown innovation ideas and concepts to flourish from start to finish, with members of the public having the opportunity to directly work with government professionals. San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program (http://entrepreneur.sfgov.org/) is an idea whose time has come, and should be replicated by communities who have the vision to see themselves as part of the solution for linking infrastructure and economic development.

Public Safety Innovation Showcased by San Francisco Startup Community
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Public-Safety-Innovation-San-Francisco-Startup-Community.html

San Francisco Demos Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Results
http://www.govtech.com/applications/San-Francisco-Demos-Entrepreneurship-in-Residence-Results.html

COMMENT: This is exactly the type of PPP or public-private partnership efforts that is needed that will benefit municipalities in both emergency preparedness, disaster management, and business continuity. San Francisco’s emerging business startup and hi-tech communities (not withstanding the current controversy over Google buses to Silicon Valley issue) is starting to gain footing in finding solutions for common or realistic real-life scenarios that can place municipalities at risk of natural and man-made disaster scenarios, for example. As both articles mention, the July 30th 2014 announcement in San Francisco saw Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath at the forefront along with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in encouraging local homegrown innovation ideas and concepts to flourish from start to finish, with members of the public having the opportunity to directly work with government professionals. San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program (http://entrepreneur.sfgov.org/) is an idea whose time has come, and should be replicated by communities who have the vision to see themselves as part of the solution for linking infrastructure and economic development.


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COMMENT: No need to elaborate too much here. Today’s (August 1st) front page from the San Francisco Examiner newspaper (see photo) says it all. An earlier post on this forum highlighted the growing problem with the California drought situation, and that steps needed to be taken by municipalities and other State and Federal authorities in the long-term mitigation of California’s water problems. As the front page highlight suggests, much of California’s water reserves could be gone by next Summer. As a side note, there is actually an article on the internet that suggested for California to mandate the emigration (exiting) of Californians to other, more water-rich States as a potential long-term population solution, in order to ease the stress of the current infrastructure. It will be interesting to see how by this time next year whether such extreme solutions will actually come into play.

COMMENT: No need to elaborate too much here. Today’s (August 1st) front page from the San Francisco Examiner newspaper (see photo) says it all. An earlier post on this forum highlighted the growing problem with the California drought situation, and that steps needed to be taken by municipalities and other State and Federal authorities in the long-term mitigation of California’s water problems. As the front page highlight suggests, much of California’s water reserves could be gone by next Summer. As a side note, there is actually an article on the internet that suggested for California to mandate the emigration (exiting) of Californians to other, more water-rich States as a potential long-term population solution, in order to ease the stress of the current infrastructure. It will be interesting to see how by this time next year whether such extreme solutions will actually come into play.


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As Food Imports Increase, FDA Can’t Keep Up with Inspectionshttp://t.co/KPclrjRuKREnsuring the Safety of Imported Products: Q&A with David Elderhttp://prn.to/1mSuxY4 COMMENT: Securing the physical borders of the United States is on the minds of a lot of Americans in recent days, with the influx of people on the American southern border States. But another security problem affecting the American border comes by way of ports access on either coast of continental United States in particular.  It has emerged now that the FDA or Food and Drug Administration (see link) is having difficulties with their inspection program for food imports. Whether it’s a manpower issue or a technical issue, these difficulties poses a credible threat for the health, safety and welfare of 300+ million Americans for obvious reasons. Americans are quite use to consuming food products that are high quality and free from common food infections. So what does this do to the confidence of the American consumer once this issue with the FDA difficulties become widely known among the population?  In California, for example, the primary ocean ports are the Port of Oakland in Northern California and the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in Southern California. According to a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article earlier this year, both the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports account for 40 percent of America’s water-borne cargo, for example, so it stands to reason that a huge slice of that 40 percent is food importation. California with almost 40 million people now, should be concerned about that.  Food importation is not just limited to water-borne ports on either coast. The controversial NAFTA superhighway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAFTA_superhighway) is a proposed supercorridor highway system that is to connect Mexico to Canada using America’s I-35 as the primary link. Since it is assumed that food importation will be conducted through this supercorridor in America’s mid-section, the FDA food inspection program will have to account for this in the future.  According to FDA’s David Elder (see link), quote: "FDA electronically screens all import entries and performs more than 100,000 analyses on about 31,000 import product samples annually. During Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, we performed more than 210,000 examinations of imported goods in the field and conducted at least 1,196 foreign inspections." For obvious reasons, the exact number of FDA manpower on the ground to perform these onsite inspections at our port facilities is not exactly public information. But it is logical to assume that problems handling food inspections, given the increasing levels of food importation into the United States, will need to be addressed quickly and efficiently by the proper authorities in Washington DC.

As Food Imports Increase, FDA Can’t Keep Up with Inspections
http://t.co/KPclrjRuKR

Ensuring the Safety of Imported Products: Q&A with David Elder
http://prn.to/1mSuxY4 

COMMENT: Securing the physical borders of the United States is on the minds of a lot of Americans in recent days, with the influx of people on the American southern border States. But another security problem affecting the American border comes by way of ports access on either coast of continental United States in particular.

It has emerged now that the FDA or Food and Drug Administration (see link) is having difficulties with their inspection program for food imports. Whether it’s a manpower issue or a technical issue, these difficulties poses a credible threat for the health, safety and welfare of 300+ million Americans for obvious reasons. Americans are quite use to consuming food products that are high quality and free from common food infections. So what does this do to the confidence of the American consumer once this issue with the FDA difficulties become widely known among the population?

In California, for example, the primary ocean ports are the Port of Oakland in Northern California and the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in Southern California. According to a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article earlier this year, both the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports account for 40 percent of America’s water-borne cargo, for example, so it stands to reason that a huge slice of that 40 percent is food importation. California with almost 40 million people now, should be concerned about that.

Food importation is not just limited to water-borne ports on either coast. The controversial NAFTA superhighway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAFTA_superhighway) is a proposed supercorridor highway system that is to connect Mexico to Canada using America’s I-35 as the primary link. Since it is assumed that food importation will be conducted through this supercorridor in America’s mid-section, the FDA food inspection program will have to account for this in the future.

According to FDA’s David Elder (see link), quote: "FDA electronically screens all import entries and performs more than 100,000 analyses on about 31,000 import product samples annually. During Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, we performed more than 210,000 examinations of imported goods in the field and conducted at least 1,196 foreign inspections."

For obvious reasons, the exact number of FDA manpower on the ground to perform these onsite inspections at our port facilities is not exactly public information. But it is logical to assume that problems handling food inspections, given the increasing levels of food importation into the United States, will need to be addressed quickly and efficiently by the proper authorities in Washington DC.


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COMMENT: Fulfills a need and ioSafe is a local (Sacramento area) California technology company. There should be a recommendation from responsible persons in the business continuity community for more start-up companies to be located in a California that addresses natural and man-made disasters in California urban metropolitan areas. ioSafe (https://iosafe.com/) specializes in manufacturing hard drive units for home, business and enterprise data storage needs, and utilizes the their data recovery service to assist their clientele in the mitigation process. Not bad for a local television news item in recent days.

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PHOTO: Public Safety personnel at the Vallejo Ferry Building on June 26th, 2014.
COMMENT: Just happened to be at the Vallejo Ferry Building this morning when suddenly several public safety personnel representing Vallejo Police Department, Solano County Sheriff, and Solano County OES, showed up at approximately 9:15 AM presumably to meet the arrival of the San Francisco Ferry boat “Mare Island” (see photo) about ten minutes later. As a casual observer, I fully expected that a real “emergency” was in progress with respect to that particular ferry boat, but was disappointed to see that in reality nothing of the sort happened — the public safety personnel just took off after 9:30 AM without incident, once all the passengers disembarked from the ferryboat. It would seem to this blogger (without knowing ALL the facts) that this event was either a false alarm or a drill exercise. Would be nice to find out if either was the case, or this would seem to be a waste of time and resources.

PHOTO: Public Safety personnel at the Vallejo Ferry Building on June 26th, 2014.

COMMENT: Just happened to be at the Vallejo Ferry Building this morning when suddenly several public safety personnel representing Vallejo Police Department, Solano County Sheriff, and Solano County OES, showed up at approximately 9:15 AM presumably to meet the arrival of the San Francisco Ferry boat “Mare Island” (see photo) about ten minutes later. As a casual observer, I fully expected that a real “emergency” was in progress with respect to that particular ferry boat, but was disappointed to see that in reality nothing of the sort happened — the public safety personnel just took off after 9:30 AM without incident, once all the passengers disembarked from the ferryboat. It would seem to this blogger (without knowing ALL the facts) that this event was either a false alarm or a drill exercise. Would be nice to find out if either was the case, or this would seem to be a waste of time and resources.


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National Geographic Complete Survival Manualhttp://amzn.com/1426203896COMMENT: This is one of the few book recommendations that will be offered here. The perfect compliment to emergency preparedness, disaster management and business continuity, which is meant for the urban environment. National Geographic is well known in the United States and abroad for its commitment to documenting the natural environment in detail, and have branched off into various specialized subject matters over the years. 
National Geographic Complete Survival Manual has a wealth of information for the person interested in learning key emergency and disaster skills for the non-urbanized environment. A must read and a book that is to be kept close at hand not just for the reading enjoyment. This book is filled with expert tips and information from both the National Geographic entity and subject matter experts or stakeholders in dealing with critical life-saving skills when found to be in isolated situations without access to modern communication devices, and managing the time in between before either making it to urbanized areas, or whenever rescue personnel actually get to you. 
This manual covered three important areas of consideration: basic survival skills, survival in six natural environments, and appendix or references to geographical information. The initial publication from National Geographic was in 2009, so in 2014 newer editions would be filled with updated information. If interested, you can choose to get it online or bookstores like Barnes and Nobles, for example, who just happen to have it on sale right now in the United States.

National Geographic Complete Survival Manual
http://amzn.com/1426203896

COMMENT: This is one of the few book recommendations that will be offered here. The perfect compliment to emergency preparedness, disaster management and business continuity, which is meant for the urban environment. National Geographic is well known in the United States and abroad for its commitment to documenting the natural environment in detail, and have branched off into various specialized subject matters over the years. 

National Geographic Complete Survival Manual has a wealth of information for the person interested in learning key emergency and disaster skills for the non-urbanized environment. A must read and a book that is to be kept close at hand not just for the reading enjoyment. This book is filled with expert tips and information from both the National Geographic entity and subject matter experts or stakeholders in dealing with critical life-saving skills when found to be in isolated situations without access to modern communication devices, and managing the time in between before either making it to urbanized areas, or whenever rescue personnel actually get to you. 

This manual covered three important areas of consideration: basic survival skills, survival in six natural environments, and appendix or references to geographical information. The initial publication from National Geographic was in 2009, so in 2014 newer editions would be filled with updated information. If interested, you can choose to get it online or bookstores like Barnes and Nobles, for example, who just happen to have it on sale right now in the United States.


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