Borough seeks volunteers for crisis exercise

The Kenai Peninsula Borough and other statewide agencies are conducting a joint exercise this week called “Alaska Shield 2012.” The exercise will test the community’s ability to respond to an extreme cold weather emergency. 

KPB is seeking individuals to participate as evacuees at the shelter. Interested persons can contact Glenda at the KPB Office of Emergency Services at 262-2098. 

Organizers will provide two meals, cots and blankets at the shelter beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday at 10 a.m. The borough needs 70 people to fill the shelter. 

KPB’s participation during the statewide exercise will focus on providing public information and mass sheltering for area residents. The scenario will include a mock loss in natural gas pressure. 

“Our state, communities and partner agencies have established emergency plans and policies that guide our actions during an emergency. Statewide exercises like Alaska Shield allow us to evaluate what works, what needs to be improved and perhaps discover innovative new ways to respond to emergencies,” said John Madden, director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in a press release. 

—Staff report

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