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Borough office suggests tips for disaster survival

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Posted: September 13, 2012 - 8:43am

During the past six years, Kenai Peninsula residents have weathered three forest fires, one volcano eruption, two floods and a grounded tanker, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management’s website. Those types of incidents require foresight to survive, OEM Director Scott Walden said Sept. 5 at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

“It’s especially important considering it’s national preparedness month ... to look at the fact that we can help communities down to the grassroots level in the neighborhoods be prepared to help neighbor to neighbor,” Walden said.

One of the ways communities can support each other is through the Citizen Corps Program.

The CCP is intended to foster self sufficiency in neighborhoods by teaching them to organize on a local level in emergencies.

“To be able to shut off gas lines, for example, that might be fractured in your neighborhood,” Walden said. “To do basic searches in a home that might have fallen.”

He said the most important lesson CCP teaches neighborhoods is how to band together as a team.

The seven day survival kit is another important check mark in preparing for emergencies.

The seven day kit supplies includes such as a gallon of water per person, a jar of peanut butter, a hand-operated can opener, a permanent marker and pet food.

“Once you have your family’s needs taken care of,” Walden said, “it’s easy enough to move on to help a maybe a senior in your neighborhood who can’t get out and about as easily as your family can.”

The seven day kit is the shorter end of the survival spectrum. OEM lists survival kit models for families and communities stranded up to 24 weeks.

Walden also said communities should become familiar with the Map Your Neighborhood Program, a comprehensive survival program.

This program encourages neighborhoods to mark valuable resources and people in their communities.  

“You live in a neighborhood for many years you might know one or two neighbors when there’s actually 15 or 20 around you,” Walden said.

He said many neighbors may have skills in useful fields, such as mechanics or medicine. Others may have stockpiles of essential supplies such as generators, snowmachines or gasoline.

For more information on neighborhood disaster relief resources, Walden said for people to visit, the OEM’s website, or call 907-428-7000.


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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 09/13/12 - 10:46 am
Warnings not appreciated by some

Thank you for this article and sounding the alarm, trumpet or Clarion call, all with a desire to warn and help people of coming troubles at every turn here in Alaska and even world wide. As stated before, It's not if, but when they will happen and people need to be informed and prepared in order to survive or help other humans, no matter the race, color or religion for the good of all.
Of course some will be upset that you seem to care about others and have a desire to aid them with info about being prepared when said troubles do come, even to the point of being accused of spreading fear, along with gloom and doom for some ulterrior motive.
Please continue to put forth info to help inform the people of ways to prepare for these many troubles which seem to be ever increasing and all inaccord with Gods word and pronmises of Jesus to his disciples found in Matthew 24, Mark 13; & Luke 21; concerning the end of the age, or dispensation of time, not the end of the world as many think.
You just can't help some people, no matter how good the intentions, but keep trying and thank you for this info.
Realize also that there are some out there that will do all they can to take what you have stocked up for emergencies even to the point of killing you for it so be prepared for these folks along with coming troubles and surround your self with people you know & trust. Realize this as well, even people you think you know & trust can go bad out of greed or hopelessness, so watch out for them as well.
Troubles are coming and with the peace loving muslims that hate the true history of their founders past being revealed to the point of starting unholy wars against everyone as we see spreading like wild fire world wide right now, added to the coming global economic crash, food shortages and naturally God caused events, we all need to be prepared for it's arrival, no matter which form it comes in.
Be prepared for now and eternally, please.

Alaskalad 09/13/12 - 04:00 pm
Flood Insurance

Why is NFIP Flood Insurance not available in the cities of Soldotna or Kenai ? If we have a full time agency for preparedness then why have these cities been suspended from the program? I believe in being ready , and I think I am, but in case of a serious flood event there is no substitute for serious insurance.

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