Neighbors Prepare for Natural Disasters with Emergency Watch


by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE-When a natural disaster does strike, neighbors are going to be your closest source for help. Some streets are sticking together and making plans as part of the emergency watch program.

For many Alaskans having an emergency kit is not a priority,"wouldn't it be better to just have that stuff at home?" said Michelle Torres, Public Information Officer for the Office of Emergency Management in Anchorage.

This program is designed specifically for the state's largest city. The three major concerns are earthquakes, winter weather and wild fires, " who in the neighborhood has tools, who in the neighborhood has a generator? does somebody know first aid or cpr?" said Torres.

For one Anchorage resident knowing he can lean on his neighbors is priceless."things happen where you just have no control and hopefully you have a neighbor who's got your back and says hey I've got an extra bottle water or case of food here you go," said Maurice Williamson. Williamson admits he does not have an emergency kit of his own.

A common misconception is making a kit can be expensive.torres says start small and it doesn't have to be. She suggests purchasing an extra item here or there and building your stock that way.

Even if you don't want to get inolved with emergency watch in your neighborhood, officials recommend preparing for at least seven days of no food, water or electricity.

The national standard for in home prep kits is four days. Alaskans need supplies for seven because it would take at least three days for items to arrive from the lower 48.



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