Disaster Preparedness

In lieu of the most recent earthquake, 5.8 in magnitude, that struck 30 miles northwest of Anchorage, we thought it was necessary to send out a friendly reminder to families about the importance of Disaster Preparedness.  With the amount of devastation that can occur after an event like Hurricane Sandy,  we discourage others from relying on support systems, like American Red Cross or the government, to bail you out in a time of crisis. Bear in mind that in an emergency situation thousands of other people may be relying on that same help to come. With limited supplies and volunteers you may be waiting a long time to receive any relief.

Our recommendations: Have a plan in place for you and your family. Did you know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you “store enough of your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity, per person, to last for at least 72 hours!” That means that they foresee it would take a minimum of three days before any help might be found. Compounded by the fact we live in Alaska and you could be in for some real trouble.  Luckily for you there are some great websites/resources available to show you how to develop your plan that cover topics like: types of disasters, emergency kit supply check lists, and special things to consider (children with disabilities, pets, etc.). As the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services say, “Being prepared means peace of mind in an emergency.”


Additional Tips:
  •  Remember- Alaskans have unique circumstances to think about especially when dealing with sub zero temperatures. Therefore, don’t forget to include an emergency supply kit in your car to include things like:  flashlight, candles, cold weather gear, hand warmers, matches, flares, jumper cables, etc.  
  • Also a plan is only good if you actively practice it. Take the time to run through it with your family and figure out where there are areas for improvement.
Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

Ellie Kiser, Registered Nurse at Alaska Center for Pediatrics