“As the (days after the earthquake) progressed and the city building inspectors started red tagging buildings, our shelter populations increased day after day after day. It was this constantly escalating disaster, which is unlike many disasters. Often, you’ll have a flood, a hurricane, or a tornado where the damage is done. With (Loma Prieta), it just kept coming and coming and coming.”
Red Cross Chief Operations Officer Jean Nikaloff, explaining how the Loma Prieta disaster continued to displace Oakland residents in the days following the earthquake. Watch Jean describe her Loma Prieta experience here.