Letters to the Editor: Hornet could be used for emergency operations center

Letters to the Editor: Hornet could be used for emergency operations center

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest your reporting on the City Council discussion on the new emergency operations center.

I am amazed that the U.S.S. Hornet's offer to the city to become a city, or even regional, EOC is never discussed. The Hornet is the most earthquake survivable structure in all of Alameda. It is already built, but would require some retrofitting that surely would cost less than the proposed structure, which you know will have cost overruns. Some noteworthy advantages are:

- Unparalleled surviveability.
- Accessible by air, land and sea.
- Already exists and could be outfitted for initial operating ability right now.
- Wouldn't be affected by a tsunami flood after an earthquake.
- Already has numerous berthing spaces for housing evacuees.
- Has mass cooking and feeding spaces.
- Has large water storage tanks.
- Desalination plant could be reactivated.

There are many more strengths, but I just wanted to highlight a few. I can't believe this option never gets any discussion. Maybe it doesn't cost enough.

Kurt Libby