Sat. July 6, 2019 – and the hits keep coming

79F and 93%RH in Houston. Stayed hot all night.

And the west continued to shake, with Cali getting a 6.9 ~ 7.1 earthquake, and the warning that more are likely on the way.

If we get another in a more populated area, or take real damage from one, that will involve the efforts of a large percentage of our disaster response. And then we get a hurricane in the Gulf, or on the East coast… Folks, you are on your own for a minimum of 72 hours, and more likely a week in the event of a regional disaster.

If resources are tied up elsewhere or the disaster is widespread, help may be a lot longer coming. After the Cascadia Rising MASSEX in the Pac Northwest, FEMA changed their recommendation to TWO WEEKS of stuff to sustain yourself.

3 days or two weeks, those are baby steps. Get started! The lights are still on, and the stores are still full. Water, canned meat, canned veg, rice and pasta, and a way to cook it should be at the top of your TODO list if you aren’t already set. Your BOB should be double checked and ready to go (ask the wildfire victims about that, and the mudslide, and the flood…sometimes staying really isn’t an option.)

Everyone in the US lives near a hazard, be it pipeline, railroad, highway, forest, mountains, volcano, river, or coast. 90% of most populations live right on the edge of water…It can happen to you, and it does happen to people like you.

Now, I’ve got to check on some batteries, and repack some bags…

Stay PREPARED.

nick

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22 Responses to Sat. July 6, 2019 – and the hits keep coming

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    hang on tight Cali! a bunch of small quake reports just scrolled up the hazards map for Ridgecrest, 2s and 3s….

    n

  2. ALAN says:

    I know, I know, behind in reading…

    Harold Combs says:
    24 June 2019 at 11:57
    The idea is to construct such a bag and then raffle it off as part of an awareness-raising exercise in work about being prepared for the unexpected.
    Great idea.
    Instead of carrying water, it’s heavy, I’d recommend just water filter. I carry an empty camel-back with the expectation I can fill it as needed. As I live in an urban area, I carry a KNIPEX Control Cabinet Key (Lowes) that allows me to turn on water faucets found on commercial buildings and gas stations as well as access protected electrical outlets.
    Other suggestions would be chap-stick, it doubles as a fire starter fuel and fire steel for making fire.

    For “fire steel” do you mean the tube? If so, aren’t they plastic now?

  3. MrAtoz says:

    We swayed for about 8 seconds in the high rise condo, 4th floor. Definitely exciting since the day before at iHop. I’m not used to quakes.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    @alan, he needed a comma… the chapstick is indeed a plastic tube, and he’s referring to using the wax inside as a ‘candle’ to help light tinder for the fire. There should be a comma after that, to separate the chapstick as fuel, from the fire steel as spark source.

    https://www.amazon.com/bayite-Survival-Ferrocerium-Paracord-Landyard/dp/B00PSGOM32?tag=ttgnet-20

    not necessarily this one, but one like it.

    n

  5. Harold Combs says:

    Fire steel is a simple, cheap, waterproof, firestarter tool like those found here.
    https://firesteel.com/

  6. lynn says:

    From @brad yesterday:

    African migrants in Mexico – pretty astounding that they manage to cross the Atlantic. Anyhow, welcome to being Europe: these are the same kind of folk who cross the Mediterranean. Asylum? They are economic migrants, pure and simple.

    I remain convinced that the Australian solution is the only answer possible: strict border enforcement. Right now, investing their life savings into a risky journey is clearly worth it. Remove the incentive, and they will stop coming.

    We need to implement the Australian solution here in up under also.

  7. JimB says:

    Just catching up on this site…

    Our house seems to have survived with no structural damage. Gave it a good inspection at first light. Since we had already cleaned up (mostly) after the first quake, there was less to pick up this time. We moved our cars outside after the first quake, and decided to sleep in one last night. There were several big aftershocks.

    Listened to the USGS briefing on the radio, and learned that this quake is not unusual; more a return to normal after a drought. Also learned about the possibility of larger quakes. This morning, the probability of a same or larger quake is 3% over a week. That is an improvement over 20% after the first one. I’ll take those odds.

    Just taking a break, so more later.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    Pictures from my trip to Oregon are located at this link. Lot of pictures so I have provided you with another time sink. Enjoy.

  9. lynn says:

    And “Stranger Things” season three is now available on Netflix …
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/

    Wow, 8.9 out of 10 on IMDB, 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 9/10 on tv.com.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    And “Stranger Things” season three is now available on Netflix …

    Gap stores in the 80s had grey carpet, not shiny red floors. At least in Florida.

    And the mall color scheme is late 90s/early 2000s. The best example of an 80s mall on film is the Phoenix Metrocenter in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, shot in the late 80s but released a couple of years late, in 1990, due to the bankruptcy of Orion.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    I went on a mini strike from work for 36 hours, going totally dark starting yesterday at 5 PM, continuing until tomorrow morning. No work phone or laptop, and only one manager has my personal email.

    We hit Space Center Houston to see the MOCR refurb and made our first trip to Phoenicia. Oh, and the “World’s Longest Car Wash” at Buc-ee’s Katy.

    I don’t know if the roads around the Phonenicia complex on Westheimer are any indication of the general condition of the city’s roads or Houston’s financial condition overall, but if either is the case, the city has a serious problem.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    We need to implement the Australian solution here in up under also.

    From what I understand, Australia is a little too lenient when it comes to muslims.

    The word “burqini” is a trademark of an Australian corporation.

    We have enough muslim refugees here in Texas. PBS was definitely hiding the burqa demographic shopping in Phoenicia when they filmed in there for one of the Samantha Brown travel shows.

  13. lynn says:

    Wow, the Apollo lunar landings were faked after all.
    http://www.vgg.com/tr/tr_102201_moon.html

    “Confirming what for years had been only a persistent rumor, undercover VGG reporters have determined that the July 1969 Apollo-program moon landings were indeed an elaborate government deception.”

    “Once the soundstages were built, it was found that accurately simulating the 1/6th gravity environment of the moon would be impossible. Many methods were tried, including trampolines, wires, and filming underwater, but nothing was found to have the realism required to pull the hoax off effectively. After numerous feasibility studies were carried out, it was decided to relocate the entire soundstage and all associated production facilities to the lunar surface to take advantage of the 1/6th gravity environment.”

  14. lynn says:

    I don’t know if the roads around the Phonenicia complex on Westheimer are any indication of the general condition of the city’s roads or Houston’s financial condition overall, but if either is the case, the city has a serious problem.

    Houston roads have always been overloaded and freaking disasters. I was hooking it down Westpark one beautiful day in 1991 or so in my 1987 VW Jetta GLI, pulling 6900 rpm in 2nd gear on the only decent curve in the road when I found a storm sewer missing its grated cover. I lost a tire, a wheel, my ring and pinion gear, and my transmission case. I learned a tough lesson that day about driving on a Houston road when one cannot see the road ahead of you.

    That said, things have been tough for Houston roads since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. Almost every single road with an asphalt overlayment came loose due to the flooding. The worst was I-10. Things have been downhill since then as building roads in a swamp requires a technical expertise rarely demonstrated.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Allison

  15. lynn says:

    And “Stranger Things” season three is now available on Netflix …

    Gap stores in the 80s had grey carpet, not shiny red floors. At least in Florida.

    And the mall color scheme is late 90s/early 2000s. The best example of an 80s mall on film is the Phoenix Metrocenter in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, shot in the late 80s but released a couple of years late, in 1990, due to the bankruptcy of Orion.

    But Pournelles rule of “Good Enough” is well in play here for the series. Shoot, I don’t even remember the 1980s very well, too busy having kids and working 100+ hour weeks to keep my underpaid job working for the electric company.

  16. lynn says:

    Good night, I had forgot how much a puppy chews on stuff. Lilly, the five month old minpin / schnauzer mix, is getting her back molars in and is chewing on everything in sight.

  17. JimB says:

    Just received a USPS mail from The Toll Roads saying they (apparently) merged with FasTrack, and I will get a stick-on transponder. This is a giant leap backward for me, because I only use The Toll Roads a few times a year, and do not need anything. They read my plate. I don’t care about expanded use. I DO CARE that I can put any car, even a friend’s or a rental, on my account with just some data entry.

    I will be communicating my displeasure.

    Greg, do you know anything about this? Or, maybe I missed something.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Houston surface streets are bad. This mayor got elected on a platform of fixing potholes. The mayors are usually one plank mayors, before him it was “I’m a lesbian”, and before that it was “synchronize the traffic lights downtown”.

    The roads heave and sink on the expansive clay and swamp muck. The freeways and toll roads are nice.

    But yeah, surface streets are uniformly bad.

    n

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Greg, do you know anything about this? Or, maybe I missed something.

    Houston is the competition IIRC. Given the primitive equipment I saw on their plazas yesterday, my guess is that billing your account from the plate requires manual intervention.

    They sent FasTrack and not TxTag? Interesting. FasTrack is Title21, a CA tag standard.

    It looked like your local expressway authorities are busy converting the HOV lanes on I-10 into toll lanes and extending the toll lanes out beyond Katy for at least 10 miles.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    But Pournelles rule of “Good Enough” is well in play here for the series. Shoot, I don’t even remember the 1980s very well, too busy having kids and working 100+ hour weeks to keep my underpaid job working for the electric company.

    “Stranger Things” has highly publicized production design so they leave themselves open to the criticism.

    I’m in the “Ferris Bueller” graduating class of 1986 and had mall and/or big box retailer jobs off and on until my first “stable” employment at GTE with my own 100+ hour weeks in the early 90s.

    I even worked for the Egghead Discount Software ponzi from 87-88 and during the holidays in 89.

    That reminds me — when I lived in Issaquah, I drove out to the ponzi’s HQ building, now Siemens, just to take a look and get a laugh. That was among the first big unicorns in tech. At least the building isn’t a museum like SGI’s HQ.

    I don’t think Microsoft Office would have had any traction early on against Lotus and Word Perfect if it hadn’t been for Egghead and their pirate-and-return policy. That might be the reason the founders aren’t in prison.

    Office for Windows 2.0 was awful.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    Houston surface streets are bad. This mayor got elected on a platform of fixing potholes. The mayors are usually one plank mayors, before him it was “I’m a lesbian”, and before that it was “synchronize the traffic lights downtown”.

    Potholes? Lots more going on than simple potholes.

    Houston is already technically insolvent due to pension obligations. I wonder what the roads will be like when the city struggles to meet those monthly payments to the retirees. Detroit demonstrated that the courts will make the pensions the highest priority in Bankruptcy, no cutbacks.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    Just finished binge watching Stranger Things with the Twins. Great show. Make sure you watch through the end credits of the last episode for the cliff hanger. The Duffer Bros have hinted at a 4th season, but not officially announced. They better get the next season out before the “kids” are in their twenties.

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