What is the status of the Los Angeles area?

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I have a relative who lives in the area and is now starting to make preps. I haven't followed this geographical area specifically. I'd appreciate knowing anything specific that you know. My general impression is that I am glad I don't live there for the rollover.

-- P. Davis (pdavis@plix.com), November 27, 1999


I moved out of SoCal.

Not sure Silicon Valley is much better though. More water up here. It's L.A.'s achilles heel.



-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), November 27, 1999.


-- ready (to@go.off), November 27, 1999.

P. Davis,

The status?

A code red evacuate immediately.....

Can always move back.....

-- PJC (paulchri@msn.com), November 27, 1999.

P. Davis,

I also have many folks in LA, OC, etc. I suspect that we just won't know until we know.

That said, please check out the updated printout from the California Office of Emergency Services:


It is a huge improvement over the old one, and 'includes information for people with health/medical concerns and other special considerations'.

-- flora (***@__._), November 27, 1999.

mohawked ex yuppies will steal your food,and render down your body for is moisture.Flee while you still can.Think of the children!!! Millions will die!!sorry,it just jumped out...

-- zoobie (zoobiezoob@yahoo.com), November 27, 1999.

To be a GI and remain in LA is a little like being a Jew in Germany in the late 30s, knowing what's coming but deciding to stay anyhow.What good is being able to read the handwriting on the wall if you ignore it .Never underestimate the power of denial.

-- Alfred E (What@MeWorry.com), November 27, 1999.

P. Davis,

You might want to learn a current version of 'newspeak'. When one uses the term 'LA', the usual Pavlovian response is for the gallery to start lobbing stones or tomatoes.

You in the peanut gallery,

It is a real place with real people. Get a grip folks, y'all aren't entitled to graffiti 'gallows humor' on everyone else's sandbox.

-- flora (***@__._), November 27, 1999.

I love LA and short people

-- (RIP@Randy.Newman), November 27, 1999.

I'm in SoCA and know other Y2Kers. Whether to be here for the rollover or not is obviously personal perceptions and priorities. I would not be keen on being where the temperatures fall below zero for the rollover. SoCA doesn't have any weather so it is realistic to think in terms of walking and bike riding if called upon to do so.

The obvious draw back is of course an old riot that happened quite a few years ago haunting people. The "L.A. Big One." I honestly think if it happens here it will happen everywhere. I don't think with Y2K one can escape that by moving. If one wants to huddle in a bunker out in some remote spot, CA has as many of those spots as any other state.

Police in small towns, outside of CA, with tiny populations of people have been purchasing riot gear. It sure looks to me like the small out of state town is as dangerous as the "L.A. Big One."

The truth, as I see it, of the draw back to SoCA and this would hold true for a number of states, is that it is very sprawled out, unlike such places as New Jersey, Manhatten, ecetera. If gas prices go wild or the supply is cut this is going to be extremely painful in SoCA. Too many people will have *NO* access to a grocery store.

-- Paula (chowbabe@pacbell.net), November 27, 1999.

According to the State of California Y2K conference, the state water people were focusing on Northern CA and then working south. Only San Diego will be more neglected than us in Orange County.

-- Dana (A_Non_O_Moose@xxx.com), November 27, 1999.

Hey Paula, your sunny weather won't save you.If the power goes down, you won't have gasoline, the grocery stores will soon run out of food, but firstly, you won't have WATER, either for drinking or putting out the many fires started by molotov cocktails, candles, stored fuel,oil lamps, etc.The fire dep will soon be overwhelmed and the many small blazes will coalesce into a raging firestorm ala Dresden.If you just GOTTA live in LA, you might want to be on the northern fringe, keep your gas tank topped off, store some extra in 5 gallon cans, have a bug out bag ready to go on a moments notice, ( might have a fully loaded trailer ready to hitch up). Hope you got friends or relations to the north, preferably in a rural area. Might let them know you'll be coming if LA start to burn.Might want to preposition some supplies with them.I've got a GI sister on a remote farm in the Pac NW.I've sent several hundred dollars worth of food and prepoed a small house trailer at her place.I've got a small trailer ready to hitch up, a car top carrier and enough stored gas to make it there without refueling.

-- Alfred E (what@meWorry.com), November 27, 1999.

LA will have the distinction of having the prettiest and most handsome looking corpses. At least for a little while.

-- (miss kizzy@homemadesoup.com), November 27, 1999.

LA needs power and water. It needs power to get water. If either is cut off, millions will die. But they won't go quietly. They'll check your house to see if you live in it and whether there's some undrained water in your water heater first.

-- Dog Gone (layinglow@rollover.now), November 27, 1999.

The dog is very correct about the water / power equation. The aqueduct system requires the equivelent of full power output of the reactors at Diablo Canyon to pump water over the Tehachapi Mountains.

If the power goes down, the resevoirs in the hills above the LA basin have less than a thirty day supply. And that estimate was made in the late seventies, before the current population boom in SoCal. The resevoir supply may last much less than one month these days.

If I was still living out in SoCal, I would certainly have plans for a fast drive towards Bakersfield, with a right turn up into the hills once I passed Tehachapi Summit on highway 58. There are some nice lakes and campgrounds out there where one could hold-up for a while.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), November 27, 1999.

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