Anyone here live in San Francisco?

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by BDM, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. BDM

    BDM Member

    I see a lot of people here that do not live in a high density population area. However, haven't seen much of people who live in cities, particularly SF.

    Anyone here live in San Francisco and if so, what have you done specifically for preparation in this area?

  2. doc66

    doc66 Well-Known Member

    No, but, its a beautiful city.... I've been there several times and love it. What part of the city do you live in?

  3. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I hear SF is awesome. My old boss used to go there every year for trade shows. Said they had some if the best restaurants in America. Raved about the seafood, the city, and how multi-cultural it was.
  4. BDM

    BDM Member


    No doubt, the city is amazing. Our family might be moving out there due to my fiance's job, which would put us in the city.

    Just wondering if anyone lived in the Bay Area in this forum...
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Amateur Radio call sign KM4GDU

    I grew up and spent the first 38 years of my life in Concord CA about 30 miles east of SF. I really did not like SF so I would only go into the city if I had to.( to many frigging one way streets.) if I had to go back and work there I would live out a ways and take BART train in to the City.

    You have earth Quakes there and unlike a lot of natural events there is no warning. When a earth Quake hits, it escalates exponentially and you do not know how big it will be until it is over. We lived on a hill and the last big Quake I was in you could see the valley below rippling like a wave of water.

    Weather Summer Hot and Dry Winter Wet and rainy

    Northern California is a nice area(southern Cali Sucks), but you have to deal with all of the crap government and stupid laws.

  6. Obsidian

    Obsidian Guest

    Not from SF but live in the Bay Area, just down the road from Concord.

    Lots of microclimates. That said, SF in particular rarely has extremes of any weather. Some heavy rains on occasion, one or two hot days. Otherwise, cool and beautiful.

    If you plan to visit, remember what Mark Twain said: "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." It's true, despite the temps being mild, the wet, sea air and wind sends many tourists to the junk shops to buy a hoody and sweatpants. Best weather is in Sept and Oct.

    Quakes are the major deal, obviously. Speaking of SF proper, "the city" as us locals call it, is on the end of a peninsula. It's not that big a city, less than a million I think, all crammed into that spot.

    Much of the areas near the bay are built on landfill--very, very unstable in earthquakes. Such land can "liquify" in a quake. Anything sitting on them is FUBAR. Also, a lot of dwellings use natural gas for some appliances, which is why so many structures burned in the Loma Prieta quake of 1989.

    It's a difficult city to get out of, and would be really messed up if a quake severed the bridges. The sizeable chunk of the Bay Bridge, linking SF to Oakland, collapsed. Several others were closed for inspection. By that time the damage was done. Lots of folks stuck where they were, at home, or in cars. The only way out of the city if the bridges are clogged or blocked is south.

    Keep in mind that there are 100 cities in the area and around 7 million people. Want to get to the mountains from SF? You are SOL and probably better off walking.

    I would not want to be there for a quake. I was in Berkeley for Loma Prieta and my wife was not too far from there. Never forget it. BTW, it was not "the big one" but it was bad enough.

    It's possible there could also be tsunami as well, and of course terrorism. SF is a major financial center.

    Lots of other places to live in the area w/o being actually in SF.