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In our opinion: Recent Napa Valley earthquake reminds Utahns to be prepared

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    I guess that shows how interested people are in this topic.... no comments, no ideas, no discussion.

    I guess we're all prepared for this.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    It is a reminder. But I suspect if you weren't prepared before this... you won't be prepared after this. We have had plenty of warnings. If they didn't work... this one won't either.

    I guess you either have a preparedness mentality... or you don't. Some people focus on preparation for anything life could throw at them... others just expect the Government to prepare for them.

    There will always be things we can't prepare for... but this isn't one of them. This is something we KNOW is going to happen eventually. We just don't know when.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 27, 2014 5:49 a.m.

    Well said DN. Ben Franklin said it best with his simple statement - "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

    In a more drastic comparison, consider the catastrophic earthquake this year in Chile. It measured 8.2 on the Richter scale but only 6 people were killed. Compare that to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 which measured 7.0 but killed over 160,000 people.

    The Chilean government has imposed strict seismic requirements but also has established emergency preparedness measures that obviously saved lives despite structural damage, mudslides and countless other physical problems caused by the quake.

    In the popular debate about the roll of government, emergency preparedness like that found in Chile is a no brainer.