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A Practical Guide to Disaster (radio documentary)

KALW Public Radio - 91.7 FM in San Francisco

One hundred years ago, Northern California was rocked by a tremendous earthquake. At least 7.7 magnitude on the Richter scale, it ripped through the city of San Jose, caused a fire that torched the city of San Francisco, destroyed the city of Santa Rosa, and became an example of how American civilization could be totally devastated by a simple shudder from Mother Nature.

Now, a century later, we have been shaken by other incidents that test our resolve and our readiness for the next "big one."

Within the last five years, the United States has experienced two catastrophic events… One from the hands of man, when terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Centers in New York City on September 11, 2001, causing them to crumble in America’s financial district. And one from the winds of the earth, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29, 2005, and the city’s levees were unable to contain floodwaters that overwhelmed the city that is symbolic as America’s musical home.

What have we learned? The agencies responsible for protecting Americans in the event of emergency are fallible. So when the next "big one" arrives, what should we expect from ourselves and our protectors? Are we prepared? These are the topics we’ve taken on in this radio documentary, “A Practical Guide to Disaster,” from KALW News.

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Airing on KALW, 91.7 FM radio in San Francisco:
Sunday, April 2, 2006 at 3:30 pm
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 7 pm


KALW, 91.7 FM radio in San Francisco
The program will then be archived online and available to the public at www.kalwnews.org.


A commemoration of the centennial and discussion of current disaster preparedness


Public radio listeners. General public.


Ben Trefny, (415) 290-2421

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