On Twitter, I follow a guy that goes by @freaklabs. He's in Tokyo. After the awful March 2011 quake, he would sometimes tweet about warnings. It seems thay have a system that will text all moble phones and give about ten second warning.
That's not enough to get out of a building, but it is enough time to get away from windows and objects that might fall and hurt.
re: "If there are ever any problems, it will call head office and request that a maintenance crew come out." - I really love technology.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, USA, West of the Cascade mountains, we're a very complacent, unprepared lot.
Not much happens here. It's wet enough that we don't seem to get urban forest fires. We did have an earthquake once. It knocked a few bricks off a building.
We had a tornado in my vicinity about 15 years ago that pealed a bit of steel roof off a barn. When we get a major flood, the damaged homes tend to be counted in the dozens, not hundreds due to our rivers being in valleys.
About once a decade, maybe a bit more often, we get a windstorm with velocities up in the 50 - 60 mph range.
We did have that volcano 30 years ago. That was impressive and a great adventure for someone just out of school, like I was at the time. But compared to most disasters, it was pretty limited in impact.
Our poison has to be freezing rain - like the "ice storm of 2013", but typically less severe. I don't know how common that is anywhere else, but it happens out here when the surface temperature is a bit below freezing, but the air temperature is above freezing. The rain comes down as liquid and freezes when it hits. It's a lot like a hockey rink with a thin layer of liquid water on top of the ice. We get that about every other year. But, as bad as it is, it rarely lasts more than a day. Most people don't lose power, or have it restored pretty quick.
In any case, few people out here have emergency kits. Other than real rural dwellers, generators are rare. If something really bad did happen, we'd pretty much all be helpless.
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