Remembering Loma Prieta
Remembering Loma Prieta
Twenty-five years ago today, our city swayed in the grip of the worst earthquake in generations. When the shaking stopped, we faced scenes of impossible destruction – the staggering aftermath of a quake that claimed 63 lives and upended thousands more. But even in the face of devastation from the hills to the highways, the determination and spirit of the people of San Francisco could not be extinguished.
As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, we are once more called to remember. We remember the loved ones we lost, and the families who have been touched by the absence of the departed. We remember the first responders who rushed to the rescue, and the support that poured in from across the country. We remember the community that came together to repair and rebuild, and the city that decided to rise from the rubble stronger than ever. After the earthquake, I worked to ensure that San Franciscans received timely assistance, working with my congressional colleagues from California to secure a $3.45 billion earthquake relief package, raising the SBA loan cap, and restoring City Hall and the Geary Theater, home of the American Conservatory Theater.
Congresswoman Pelosi at Crissy Field in 1989, joining Mayor Art Agnos and President George Bush to survey the damage done by the Loma Prieta earthquake.Today, let us mark this anniversary with a renewed commitment to our City's safety and to effective disaster preparedness and resilience nationwide. As our neighbors in Napa and Solano Country work to bounce back from their recent earthquake, let us stand in solidarity with their requests for the federal assistance that helped us find our feet so many years ago. President Obama’s Disaster Declaration in the aftermath of the quake ensured that Public Assistance was readily made available, and I encourage the President to make a decision soon to grant Individual Assistance for Napa victims.
Let us continue to strengthen and improve our emergency response in San Francisco and across the country. After a natural disaster, it may be several days before vital services, like electricity and running water, are restored, and the importance of having an emergency plan in place for you and your loved ones. With the help of SF72, San Francisco’s hub for emergency preparedness, you can sign up to receive updates and information should an emergency occur. You can also find out how to prepare for an emergency and make an emergency plan. Feel free to take a look at the useful tips below on how to best protect yourself and your loved ones should an earthquake occur.
Earthquake Emergency Preparedness
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