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Re: Disaster dilema

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How can one assure the safety of the persons occupying damaged homes and
apartments with aftershocks follow-up, especially after such a large
earthquake.  The magnitude of damage need to be classified.  After the
Northridge EQ., green tab had been changed to yellow or red tab and vice
versa after second visits by another inspector or engineers.

One needs to define the definition of the damaged structures that don't
pose collapse hazard before allowing people to live in such buildings.

One suggestion is to send the national guards to build a tent city for
the displaced people, which is a lot safer to live in damaged structures
and also speed up the repair process.

How many volunteer engineers can OES mobilize in such a large

>From Tom Chiu, SE
Thomas Engineering

Richard_Ranous/OES(--nospam--at) wrote:
> I would like to solicit some comments regarding re-occupying homes and
> apartment buildings following a major earthquake.
> Scenario:  It is anticipated that a major event in the bay area on either
> the San Andreas or Hayward fault could result in approximately 154,000
> displaced persons.  How do you house (short- and long-term) these people?
> Proposed solution:  Some bay area government agencies propose that people
> be allowed to re-occupy (full time) damaged homes and apartments as long as
> they do not pose a collapse hazard or other life safety hazard.  This
> occupancy would take place even if all utilities are turned off and
> sanitation is out.
> >From the safety assessment program standpoint is this a viable solution?
> What about fire hazards?  Would this approach result in faster repairs of
> damaged structures or slower repairs?  Any comments would be welcome>