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Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by stealthXninja
Good math, only thing is the exercise they have planned does not last for 36 months.
It most likely will last for 8 to 10 days.
Reuters) - People in a vast seismic zone in the southern and midwestern United States would face catastrophic damage if a major earthquake struck there and should ensure that builders keep that risk in mind, a government report said on Thursday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said if earthquakes strike in what geologists define as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, they would cause "the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States."
FEMA predicted a large earthquake would cause "widespread and catastrophic physical damage" across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee -- home to some 44 million people....
"People who live in these areas and the people who build in these areas certainly need to take into better account that at some time there is ... expected to be a catastrophic earthquake in that area, and they'd better be prepared for it," said FEMA spokesperson Mary Margaret Walker.
Originally posted by Milk
Originally posted by daryllyn
reply to post by ExPostFacto
You would think so. I think that having the supplies on hand is great idea but using them for a "simulation" doesn't seem right at all.
You don't bring real firetrucks to a fire drill....
You would want them though, if you were the fire department and performing the drill for instructional/practice/testing purposes wouldn't you (as FEMA is doing)???
And they will probably consume some of these supplies (just like the fire department would very likely consume water putting out a fire during a drill). The supplies that they don't consume would probably be nice to have on hand if there were some sort of disaster in the next 36 months too, don't you think? It's not likely they will use them all during the drill, however it is also unlikely that they will throw the remaining supplies in the trash... Again, if they order them for the drill, they will still be on hand in case of any other real situation in the following 36 months.
As to the location of the drill... It is the 200th anniversary of the quake for which the fault is named. Seems like, since they are doing an annual drill, it would be logical to simulate known events that have had known effects. Why not simulate something that actually happened (as noted in this link)?edit on 23-1-2011 by Milk because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by daryllyn
reply to post by Milk
It was just an analogy. It made sense to me at the time.
I guess in my mind drill and simulation are pretty much the same thing. They both involve going through to motions to perfect a plan or procedure.