Homeland Security urges Alaskans to be prepared with emergency kits

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is urging Alaskans to take three simple steps to prepare for a disaster; get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

An emergency supply kit contains essential items that are needed for an individual or family to survive the first few days after a major disaster.

Delivering food, water, and other basic items to disaster survivors demands a massive logistic effort. A major natural disaster has the potential to disrupt the infrastructure system that supplies Alaskans with a wide range of goods and services. Alaskans with an emergency supply kit can easily endure the early days of any disaster when the flow of basic items has stopped. Alaskan households should have an emergency supply kit with enough supplies to last at least three days.

Due to Alaska's reliance on imported goods, Homeland Security strongly recommends individuals and families prepare to stand alone for seven days. For more information, go to www.ready.alaska.gov.

An emergency supply kit should include water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishables; a battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries; a flashlight and extra batteries; a first aid kit; cold weather gear and blankets; a dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench or pliers to turn off utilities; can opener for food; indoor-safe heat source; cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

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