Disaster 101

Why Belvedere is Vulnerable

There a many wonderful aspects to living in Belvedere, but one of the downsides is that we are vulnerable to natural disasters – flooding, wildfires and earthquakes, in particular. We live in close proximity to some of the country’s most dangerous fault lines. According to a 2015 United States Geological Survey, there is a 72% chance that the San Francisco Area will experience an earthquake of at least 6.7 magnitude in the next 30 years. The San Francisco earthquakes of 1906 and 1989 were 6.9 and 7.8 magnitude respectively. The former destroyed 80% of San Francisco and killed 3,000 people. Of course, building codes have improved dramatically since then, but our population has also soared. Clearly, we have very good reason to be vigilant.

Our close proximity to the water and the degradation of our wetlands, also makes us vulnerable. A major hydrological event could leave our low-lying areas under water, including Beach Road and San Rafael Avenue, thereby cutting us off from the outside world. Modelling suggests we could be on our own for 5-7 days, possibly without electricity, water, sewer or communications. It is vital that we work together as a community during this time. Getting prepared is the first step.