Tag: disaster preparedness

A California Dam that failed in 1928 with devastating results- and there’s one just like it, still in LA

Given the concern over the Oroville Dam, let’s not underestimate the danger. We can look to history for how bad this can become.

3 minutes before midnight on 12 March 1928, the St. Francis Dam, north of Los Angeles, failed.

Designed by William Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, the story of why the dam failed is in my short nonfiction book, which is free for download here.

It’s curious to note there is a sister dam just like it, the Mulholland Dam in LA, holding the Hollywood Reservoir. While it was greatly reinforced after the St. Francis disaster, it’s something to think about.

Never underestimate the power of water.

Here are some more images from the disaster. Mulholland at the site of the collapse the day after:

 

And below is the dam before

and after

New Year’s Preparation Resolution #2: Three Easy Things to Get Now To Drastically Increase Your Home’s Preparation

When you mention emergency preparation, most people think of someone holed up a bunker surrounded by cases of food, guns, ammunition, with a bit of a strange look in their eye.

The reality is 80% of US Counties have been hit by a weather-related disaster since 2007. That’s four out of every five of us. If you talk to people who’ve been through that, they’ll tell you there are a few simple things that they found essential– or wished they would have had on hand before the emergency. Simple things. Inexpensive things that you can get today, put in your house, and not have to worry about any more. Your family will thank you! Here they are:

Let’s have a safe and wonderful 2017!

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