SF's disaster council meets for first time since Japan quake

April 15, 2011 7:27:01 PM PDT
San Francisco's mayor believes the city is well prepared for a major disaster, but says there are gaps exposed by Japan's great earthquake that still need to be closed.

Mayor Ed Lee made his remarks at a meeting of the city's disaster council. It was the first meeting since the quake and Lee's first as mayor. Emergency management officials say preparations for the recovery of a major disaster are still a big concern. They include communications and housing the displaced.

"In a big disaster, we know we're going to have a gap of needing to house people for three months to three years, while we get things rebuilt in San Francisco and how to do that has been a subject of some debate and concern for a very long time," said Rob Dudgean, Deputy Director of Emergency Management.

"I think the number one challenge with the public was how do you keep calm and how do you keep the facts out there rather than emotion and wrong assessments that may guide all of us," said Lee.

Lee said he's satisfied with the information he received from staff during the tsunami warning. He described it as timely and accurate.

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