Because the City of Portland is going to try to take care of you in case of an emergency.
That plan is a work in progress. Mayor Tom Potter, department heads, emergency planners and others envision several scenarios where an evacuation might be necessary. However, they agree that the most likely one would be a major earthquake.
Seismologists say a huge, devastating quake is only a matter of time. Whether that’s a lot of time or little time is unknown. But some geologists say that, judging by historic patters, the region is about due.
Emergency responders, including police and fire bureaus, would bear much of the responsibility for getting people out of town. But it’s an overwhelming task which could turn chaotic. Even if nearly everyone got out, there are questions about what would happen to those left behind – or possibly to those who might deliberately stay behind, to defend their homes, or to loot them.
Portland’s many bridges are potential bottlenecks. So are the freeways. According to emergency planner Shawn Graff, “the transportation infrastructure, the bridges could be down, the waterways could be impassable.”
The details of the plan are still being worked out. They’ll be tested in October, when the federal government will run an emergency preparedness drill.
I really do find it disgusting when city planners try and plan for something more involved than where they’re all going to eat luch later in the day. Mostly because it breeds a sense of contentment in the population about what they themselves can do to prepare.
My other reason is that the government always wants to tell folks “The How” and “The When”. Remember, the government will only help you on their own terms, so the less you want their help, the more they’r going to try and give it to you when they get around to it.
The way I see it, the city can go right on ahead and write down whatever plan they feel like, because 1. The city is run by far left Dems who could fuck up a ham sandwich, and 2. No plan withstands first contact with whatever it was designed to be for.
But if they could just please not advertise the plan.
Seattle did this a few years back with the FEMA crew. There was a giant warehous that was being torn down for the above-ground light-rail station and, before the city had all the debris hauled away, they pretended a dirty bomb on a traincar went off.
Their disaster plan was a disaster and nearly everyone ended up with a red “you’re dead” tag. They said shortly thereafter that they had improved the previous plan and fixed the things that had gone wrong, and as expected, everyone cheered.
I’m so glad I got the fuck out of that town.