Alaskans: Plan Now for Disasters Later

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska is prone to different types of disasters that have the potential to disrupt the lives of its residents. Every disaster can have lasting effects on people and property.

September is National Preparedness Month. Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Managment  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourage Alaskans to be prepared for disasters such as storms, floods and earthquakes.

Here are four easy steps to prepare for disasters:

  1. Get informed
  2. Make a plan
  3. Assemble a kit
  4. Maintain the plan and kit

If you’re separated from your family during a catastrophe, having a family communication plan ahead of time will help you to reach your family much faster. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency.

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety and the losses that accompany disasters. That’s why it’s important for Alaskans to be ready whenever a disaster may strike.

FEMA wants to remind you: Winging it is NOT an emergency plan

For more preparedness videos, visit FEMA’s YouTube channel.

For more information about disaster preparedness, visit Ready.Alaska.gov/Prepare, Ready.gov and RedCross.org. Information is also available by calling 800-BE-READY or TTY 800-462-7585.

Last Updated: 
09/13/2013 - 19:56