County of Humboldt storing their emergency disaster relief vehicles in the heart of the tsunami zone

A while back, we looked at the how the County spent a lot of time and money creating an app to tell folks when they were located in a tsunami zone. We also said that it was a pointless waste, considering that the maps weren’t available for download or offline, and were relatively difficult to find under normal circumstances, let alone one in which you’re scrambling for your life.

But we were wrong.

We argued that spending frivolous time and money on such a pointless emergency service was a total waste, particularly since there are already loads of tsunami warning signs posted throughout the county.

Turns out that there are people stupid enough to not realize that you should get yourself and any necessary, life-saving supplies away from the water’s edge in the event of an earthquake. And those stupid people happen to work for the County of Humboldt.

You see, the County clearly hasn’t taken advantage of the service they put together. If they had, they may have realized it’s a terrible idea to store their emergency relief vehicles – which are intended to provide support and relief to the citizens of Humboldt County should they experience a catastrophe – at the Indianola Mini-Storage and Warehouse.

Right here!

As you might have guessed, that mini-storage is located in Indianola.

In case you’re still as confused as the County, here’s an alternative view – from the County-sponsored tsunami hazard zone map.

Yes, you are correct, all of that yellow shading represents areas which would be susceptible to the run up from a tsunami. And, yes, the Indianola Mini-Storage is in the thick of it.

Now, we’re not going to call them up and tell them exactly how stupid they are for placing critical emergency relief services smack dab in the tsunami catastrophe zone.

But you can. Here’s their phone number: 707-445-6200.

 

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9 Responses to County of Humboldt storing their emergency disaster relief vehicles in the heart of the tsunami zone

  1. Rusty says:

    They’re in good company,City of Eureka and City of a Arcata store equipment at corporation yards in the Zone. The County has a empty hanger at ACV they could use for free. Eureka could use the Fairgrounds. Arcata could ….ahh screw Arcata.

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    • sandserat says:

      There are eighty-foot paleo-dunes in Manila that your run-up
      map indicates inundation throughout. What apocalyptic
      surge were you expecting? From where? Based on what?
      You want resilience? Stability? Wildlife Habitat?, Wetlands?
      Plant European Beach-Grass disallow its removal without VALID Permit.

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  2. Mac Towner says:

    Aahh, now this is just too stupid fucking funny. Our Stupidvisors use public money to develop a stupid app that our County bureaucrats are too stupid to use. I could give a crap about storing stuff in a tsunami zone but our Stupidvisors spent millions on disaster preparedness only to store it all in a disaster zone. Who elected these idiots, oh yeah, we did. Lets not make that mistake again.

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  3. Arcatan says:

    This is the perfect example of the difference between the public and private sectors. In the private sector someone would be held accountable for this debacle…….

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  4. Rusty says:

    It’s not just where you store them. Vehicles and equipment must be maintained. These assets are more than likely to just be sitting around with only a float charger as I have witnessed. Who keeps the mice out? Who starts them up weekly, are there record’s of maintenance? Should we even bother?
    Where did New Orleans keep there Emergency Response Vehicles? Below sea level I presume. The City of Arcata had donated a Emergency Response Command Post Van nearly 20 year’s ago it was stored at a private facility for many years, care to guess the cost? Does it even function anymore? Hopefully we never have to find out. When you hear the warning siren run east is your best bet. Provided the siren still has a power source after that big ol’ Earthquake.

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  5. Uri Driscoll says:

    two things;
    Does anyone know what the inventory is that is being stored at Indianola and if that equipment gets used regularly?
    I know there is a lot of hullabaloo over tsunami impacts but it seems to me it would have to be pretty damn big to make it over the dunes on the spits (unless they keep tearing the grass off of them) and once a tidal wave gets into the bay I would think it would dissipate the energy unlike Crescent City where the wave energy gets concentrated and thus causes the damage.

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  6. Rusty says:

    Big ol’ Earthquake = 9.5 subduction zone shaker followed by the Mother of all Tsunamis. European Beach Grass or not the dunes would likely be liquefied in the quake.

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  7. the misadventures of bunjee says:

    Store the damn things down by the water already. In the event of a tsunami that is large enough to inundate those yellow areas of Eureka, there will be no place to run, as much of the city will have been leveled and/or on fire already. But that’s their weak ass excuse and that’s all they need. Just rig the “yellow zones” like you do political districts and BAM, instant reasons to go wreck some ballfield to park a bunch of busted up city equipment.

    By the way, there’s quite a few city-owned things along the waterfront, such as the Adorni and aquatic centers. Are those going to be razed and relocated to the zoo? Also, I do believe Renner and the PG&E plants are in that zone too. So much for electricity and fuel to fix all those city trucks. They’ll be buying fuel from the weed growers.

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