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From: Kathy Devlin <>
Subject: RE: [MarinGenSoc] Napa Library and the quake
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 00:03:28 -0700
Thanks to Jana for checking with the Napa Genealogical Library and the
earthquake report from Thelma Kester.
As a person involved with disaster preparedness, I can't resist the
opportunity to remind everyone that Marin County is quite similar to
Napa --another earthquake could cause similar or much worse damage to any of
our homes or workplaces.
Be prepared. Most of us know what we should do, and we don't do it. Contact
your Fire Department for information about how you can prepare yourself and
family, and your neighborhood for imminent disasters. Learn some basic First
Aid and practical things to do in an emergency. There are many programs,
videos, brochures, etc. available to us. Every fire department is anxious to
help the community learn to be self sufficient in the event of a disaster.
Check out the San Rafael Fire Department web site at www.sanrafaelfire.org
and click on Emergency Preparedness and DART and check out the links to
Be safe! - Kathy Devlin
From: Jana Black [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 8:56 AM
Subject: [MarinGenSoc] Napa Library and the quake
Thanks to an inquiry from Clara, I was prompted to contact the Napa
Genealogical Library for a post-quake status report. I heard from Thelma
this AM. It sounds like they have things under control, however, thought you
might like to read a part of her experience as it relates to the way many
"How thoughtful of Marin Co. I haven't been to the library. One of the men
went over the first day and found that there were books off the shelf but
otherwise everything was OK. I haven't heard whether anyone has been there
to restack books. I've been preoccupied with my own books, and papers and
broken cups and etc., etc. etc...... "
"My small one bedroom condo was already a mess, overrun with books and
papers and - name it. I was
always a collector and these last years, what with genealogy and the
computer which generates paper so easily, my consuming interest in various
stories, AND my hob as a volunteer at the co. library sorting donated books
for the booksales that are held 3 or 4 times a year, my place had become
a storage unit for my collection."
"So with the earthquake, I suddenly have a mess upon mess, from the front
door to the bedroom closet. I have spent the time since cleaning and
sorting, all in slow motion.....PS It was a jolt, unlike any earthquake I
had previously experienced."
Oboy, I can just envision where all my *piles* would be..... it also reminds
me of how different our experiences can be. We were awoken by the quake,
muttered sleepily, "hey do you feel the earthquake...?" reply, "yeah, guess
it is one, not very big ..." The rumbling sensation ceased and we went
back to sleep - no big deal for us this time......
I understand downtown Napa has been declared a disaster area and it will be
quite awhile before things are back to normal. Yet, Thelma assured me Carl
and I are still on the calendar to speak at the end of the month on the
success of our GenSoc/GenWeb Project which, thanks to many of you, is coming
to be seen as a Bay Area model!!!!
Such it is with California lifestyles and California earthquakes.....
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