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January 07, 2012


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Thanks for that very interesting perspective.


OT, but google are showing some love to Geologists today!

Homepage link to Steno, with a cute illustration. Wish I'd drawn it!

"The fullness of time"--among several reasons I've been hors de conversation lately has been classes for volunteers in disaster response, specifically what to do when The Big One comes to the Puget Sound region, courtesy of subduction. Of precautions, the most sensible would be to live somewhere on the stable interior craton, but surface is good here. Considering one of your periodic topics, why people insist on inhabiting high-risk terrain, one might reinterpret A.E. Trueman's title, Geology and Scenery. The busier the one, the nicer the other, generally.

Re busy and nice, with my current (occasional) views of Rong of Fire Volcanoes, I can only agree!

I'd be interested in hearing more about your disaster response training experience.

It's a national program: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/
that adapts to local circumstances; on the Atlantic coast, they spend less time preparing for temblors, more for floods. A few hours a week in class, for two months, learning basic skills; an emphasis on organizing neighbors and preparing communities to fend for themselves while professional services cope with high-priority problems; lots of checklists. The garage is now full of bottled water, and we have hard hats and flashlights by the bed.
Experience: there's a gradient combining time and knowledge. The more people live in the present, the less they like uncertainty or want the skills that acknowledge risk. I've been impressed by the ways that good teachers and organizers get past this reluctance, often by using community social bonding as present-time reinforcement. Up near Mt. Rainier, the schools have lahar evacuation drills, which students appreciate as a chance to get out of the building.
Enjoy those nice views.

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