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Food storage is a vital issue

Posted: January 13, 2013 - 12:06am

Food security, like energy security, is a very serious issue for all Alaskans, especially for people who live in the villages. Stores in Rural and Remote Alaska have their food flown in and have enough food for a week+ on the store shelves if the planes can’t come in.

Most of our 200+ Tribal villages are not connected to the road or railroad system. The only transportation in and out of most villages is by air year-round, weather permitting, and by marine transportation in the ice free months of the year.

I shudder to think of what would happen if there was a 3 to 4 week disruption of food deliveries to Anchorage and Fairbanks. A catastrophic earthquake could put the airport, railroad, and harbors out of commission and that would leave urban Alaska stranded and the Tribal Villages of Alaska without a steady supply of food.

There is nothing funny about being prepared for disasters in Alaska. Getting ahead of the disaster curve makes a lot of sense and should be encouraged.

I urge the governor to take as seriously energy security for our over 200+ villages as well as urban Alaska’s energy needs into the future.

I wish the governor well on his mission to plan for any contingency that would ensure that all Alaskans will have food stored to carry us through any disaster.

Nels Anderson, Jr.

Anchorage

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