As Californians, we live in the most disaster-prone state in the nation. We've had more than our fair share of fires, floods, Republican governors, landslides and, of course, earthquakes. How prepared is California for the next big or even medium-sized one? These questions are all the more pertinent now in light of the recent earthquake in Hawaii, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the shocking failures of the federal government in dealing with both the pre- and post-Katrina Gulf Coast. While 9/11 was a painful wake-up call to the entire nation about the necessity for disaster preparation, Katrina taught us that we still cannot depend on the federal government to protect our citizens from disaster and efficiently aid them in recovery—a chilling thought for a state that has suffered the worst earthquakes in the nation's history and will very... More >>>