Senator Berta Gardner

July 30, 2015

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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Senator Gardner meets with Governor Walker.

This summer, Southcentral Alaska has seen quite a number of wildfires, earthquakes and most recently, flooding. This week alone a 6.3 earthquake was felt across the region and areas of our district were flooded by intense rain and homes on the Matanuska River are sliding off the bluff.  We know better than to be totally surprised by these events but I wonder how many are prepared of us have done anything to be prepared for a possible disaster. I know I haven't and I should.  We all should. Here is information for us all.

The State of Alaska has a whole website dedicated to natural disaster preparedness.

How can you prepare for an earthquake?

  • Prepare a disaster supply kit - at home, at work, and for your car;
    • One gallon of water per person per day, store at least a 5-7 day supply of non-perishables, basic first aid supplies, sturdy shoes, hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, tools, pet ,food, leash, crate, crank radio, flashlight, and matches are just some of the basic items that should be included in your kit. The supply kit should be stored near a doorway to increase the likelihood it will be accessible in a disaster.
  • Secure bookcases, file cabinets, pictures, mirrors, etc. to walls. Include hot water heaters and other appliances, which could move and rupture gas or electrical lines;
  • Know where to locate switches and how to turn off home gas, electricity and water;
  • Develop a family plan for disasters;
  • Practice earthquake safety drills;
  • Be able to take care of yourself and your family for 5 to 7 days after a disaster, before emergency services may be able to reach you;
  • Know basic first aid;
  • Know emergency phone numbers;
  • Know how to open and close an automatic garage door manually.

Alaska is also home for some pretty harsh winters. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a winter weather fact sheet that would be helpful to many of us, especially those of us who love winter outdoor activities.  

We can never be too prepared, but knowing some of the basics can change the outcome of our circumstances if an emergency event does occur.

I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.

signed: Berta

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