Mountain View Voice

For the Record - November 15, 2013

Voices Around Town

Aid has been slow to reach typhoon-damaged areas of the Philippines. Do you have a disaster plan?

Asked in downtown Mountain View. Photos and interviews by Nick Veronin

"I don't know what I would do. I'd be devastated and I'd be worried. But I don't worry about that until it happens."

Fred Newman, Mountain View

"I got hit with Hurricane Sandy personally. I was lucky, my property wasn't damaged, but there was really nothing I could have done. I always have a place to go and a plan. I value my life more than my property."

Shannon Sullivan, New York City

"I was in the Northridge earthquake down in Southern California in 1994. I got wiped out — lost my property, lost everything. I saw what would happen in a disaster, in terms of lack of services, lack of water, so now I have an emergency pack and water in my car."

Rik Sandoval, San Carlos

"I've got water and food stashed away, but not much beyond that. I looked into earthquake insurance, and it's just not worth it. I got a tent and a sleeping bag."

Robert Renfro, Mountain View

"No. I know I should and I've been meaning to. I keep seeing these emergency kits at Costco and I've been meaning to buy one."

Priya Agrawal, San Francisco

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