Hurricane Katrina

Three lessons California can learn from Katrina

Could a disaster like Hurricane Katrina and a chaotic fiasco like what followed that massive Gulf Coast storm happen here in California?

Anyone who thinks the answer is no has been ignoring the many types of disasters we have already seen.

In the last century, this state felt large earthquakes - 1906, 1933, 1954, 1971, 1989, 1994, to name a few - a tsunami - in 1964, featuring 21-foot waves in Crescent City and 11-foot swells as far south as Santa Cruz - a volcanic eruption on Mount Lassen starting in 1915 and a constant series of killer brush fires.

There were huge floods, destructive riots and even the occasional disease epidemic. However, California still has not...