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Immediately after San Francisco's last major quake, some residents went to the Ferry Building in hopes that the port institution had information for them, which it didn't. That could soon change. Within three years, the Ferry Building could be equipped with a new disaster communications system. The system, which would cost $551,552 and be paid entirely by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, would feature audio loudspeakers and visual display boards, both of which announce critical travel messages in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist attack or alien invasion. [SF Examiner/photo via Sergio]