ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Shoppers at the Dimond Center Mall on Old Seward Highway can learn how to protect themselves and their families against potential disasters such as avalanches, earthquakes, fires and floods.
A multi-hazard information booth, sponsored by The Alaska Division of Emergency Services (ADES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be staffed next week, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The display, near the GAP clothing store entrance at the north end of the mall, features a disaster photos exhibit.
"The theme of this display is hazard mitigation. Taking simple inexpensive measures today can prevent or minimize major damage in the event of a natural disaster," said John Skalos, FEMA Mitigation Officer.
Individuals can meet with a disaster prevention counselor to discuss ways to eliminate or reduce the financial stress and heartaches associated with hazard events. Take-home materials produced by ADES, FEMA, the Municipality of Anchorage and the Red Cross encourage families to discuss hazard awareness. Materials include informational brochures, safe building suggestions, and disaster-awareness coloring books for children.
Other hazard-prevention information sites in the Anchorage area include: a disaster-prevention booth at the University Mall on Old Seward Highway, a brochure display at the University of Alaska-Anchorage in room 226 at the campus center, and safety literature at the REI sporting goods store on Northern Lights Blvd. and the Department of Natural Resources in the Atwood Building on West 7th Street.