HELPFUL RESOURCES – Disaster Preparedness

Published April 2018

Stay Safe – Nts’e tkonii da ‘uzolyuun “Be Prepared for Anything!

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The safety of your family, home, and community benefits from planning and practice before a crisis occurs. Safety is both a traditional and corporate value for Ahtna and our shareholders. Our ancestors understood that safety was key to our survival as individuals, and most importantly as a group. It is woven into the fabric of Ahtna’s culture.

Be Informed: Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family needed to evacuate safely. Earthquakes, fires, power outages, severe weather, including snowstorms and extreme cold, are just a few examples of hazards that occur naturally with living in Alaska.

Plan Ahead: Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated. Discuss how you will receive emergency alerts, what your shelter plan is, and what your family/household communication plan is. Consider specific needs in your household and prepare your plan by having supplies for each member within your household, including any pets, and needed health items such as prescriptions and medical devices.

Take Action: Building an emergency kit means being prepared by having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

Severe weather often times bring power outages that can negatively impact your family. Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, and first aid supplies, making sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.

 

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: