Holy moly! What with all of the serious issues pervading Humboldt County the last few years, we were beginning to wonder if our County Government is controlled by a bunch of idiots.
But, thankfully, it turns out that the people of Humboldt County are the stupid ones, rather than the County of Humboldt.
At least, that’s what occurred to us when we heard that the County of Humboldt is super excited about unveiling their new Tsunami Danger Zone App. (Turns out the signs posted all over the place, combined with tsunami alert systems, just aren’t enough.)
At long last, we can stop relying on the tried and true “oh shit, I’m close to the water and there was an earthquake, better get a move on” tactic that has served us remarkably well for generations.
You see, the County of Humboldt isn’t just saying that you’re too stupid to head for higher ground in the event of an earthquake, or that you can’t figure out where the ocean is – they’re assuming that you are probably so stupid that you won’t raise any questions about why the hell they’re wasting their time and resources on creating an app in the first place. (Quick reminder: their resources consist of your tax money.)
Of note from the County’s press release is this: “The app is still under development. The current version requires internet connectivity. In the future, it will be possible to download the map info and view at a later date without being online.”
We’re no technical wizards, but we’re pretty sure that the goal of downloading the maps for later use is a function that could have been accomplished without an app, right? As in, you can literally already do that by following a link on the current tsunami education website.
But why not waste time and money creating an app? Guess they just have too much time and money on their hands – we should remember that next time the County comes asking us for more.