Five Things The SF Bay Area Can Learn From the Christchurch, NZ Earthquakes
Gradiva Couzin
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Thanks. Very detailed. Many things spring to mind that I *could* say, or add, but I did not live through it. My friends and family did.

Everyone had stories to tell, sometimes merely about the cracks in their foundations and the gobsmakingly complex process (and expense) of repairing them — one day.

For others — being ejected from their homes by the army; not being able to retrieve vital business data or equipment; and losing friends. Literally, lost. Crushed. Killed in seconds. (Those last three categories being contained in one man as it happens. A close friend.)

You article is to be commended for covering so many aspects of the wider picture, but in the end you talked to a professional, a City Council HOD, and thus; yes: close to the heart of the big issues but still very much a *top-down* point of view.

Thus I’m going to recommend you contact two of the people who did step up as rapid responders at their local level; as was mentioned. Furthermore, from their point of view (on-the-ground, and thus well away from officialdom), you will get a very different point of view. Apparently tThings went very badly. Officialdom dropped the ball from the get-go, and never got it up again.

But anyway, they might provide insights of huge value to the Bay Area. (If that their story interests you. It might not.)

They are Peter and Vicki Hyde of Redcliffs, Christchurch. Highly intelligent, highly resourced at both technical and networking levels (tech + people), and long-time community activists as well as outspoken skeptics and anachronistic recreators (Medieval and Japanese). I expect thery’ll be easy to find. If not, get back to me. (I designed their distinctive house, and thus go to know them.)

  • Cheers, Ged Maybury (formally of Christchurch, Now Brisbane)

Ah — and look: here is a photo of the location of their first community action, operating an info & assistance tent in the car park of the local supermarket. The first and most pressing need: recharging phones! https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Redcliffs,+Christchurch+8081,+New+Zealand/@-43.561953,172.738899,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s74058371!2e1!3e10!6s%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fproxy%2FUoVGxoMF82l7DzO51cjnvVOKp75Nv3Df-xTnmRbl5UiDWvh4Pfs_0p7VCdOKXWU7uUT78by45Ke7EDEkD7m4VF8DXFKwtg%3Dw203-h134!7i4288!8i2848!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d3227fd6d723de5:0x500ef868479a840!6m1!1e1?hl=en

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