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Epidemic of spruce bark beetles means higher risk of fire danger
The ever-present spruce bark beetle has undergone a major population surge on the Kenai Peninsula, especially throughout the southern part.

Emergency workers always hope for best, but prepare for worst
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is vulnerable to all sorts of potential problems. Luckily, it has the Office of Emergency Management.

Preparation key to weathering disaster
One of the most important steps toward being prepared for any disaster is having supplies on hand.

In Case of Evacuation ...
There are several potential disasters, both natural and human-caused, that could compromise a home's safety and require an emergency evacuation.

Disaster-resistant construction
During a seminar sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Project Impact office in November, designers, contractors and other building specialists got a lesson in disaster-resistant construction.

Shelters offer comfort in midst of turmoil
In the aftermath of a disaster, natural or manmade, comfort and community are shattered, at least temporarily.

Kenai Peninsula hotbed for disasters
Individual responsibility is the key because government is not going to be able to be there right away. We're not going to be able to shelter and provide food for everybody in a major disaster.

Disasters take toll on mental health
Above and beyond the physical damage done by a disaster -- injuries, destroyed buildings, ruined utility lines -- there also is a significant psychological toll.

Pet owners need plan for their animals
Disasters don't have only a human cost. Animals also are affected.

Did You Know?
The afternoon after an explosion at the Alaska Nitrogen Products plant, the Community Alert Network was used to update nearby residents on the incident, which occurred at 1:31 a.m. Aug. 20, 1999:

Outdoor Safety Measures
The greatest threat to the home from outside is fire. To increase the integrity of your house against an encroaching wildfire, take the following precautions:

Industrial plants focus efforts on worker, community safety
From canneries to a refinery, liquefied natural gas plant and an agricultural products manufacturer, the Kenai Peninsula is home to a variety of industries.

'Defensible space' helps shield homes from wildfire
Forestry officer Sharon Roesch said if a wildfire or forest fire were to break out, homes nestled in the woods would be all but unsalvageable.

In Case of Ashfall ...
The following are recommended actions during and after an ashfall, from the Alaska Volcano Observatory pamphlet "Ash Alert," available from the Alaska Division of Emergency Services, P.O. Box 5750, Fort Richardson, Alaska 99505-5750.

In Case of Chemical Release ...
In case of chemical or industrial accident, emergency officials recommend people "shelter in place."

It's (not) a blast
As cold as the winters get, it's easy to forget Alaska is part of the Ring of Fire -- an arc-like zone along the north Pacific characterized by volcanoes and seismic activity.

Special Items and Car Kits
The elderly and those with mobility problems may need to prepare specal items For those traveling with small children, special items also may be necessary:There also are items unique to vehicles that need to be included.

Did You Know?
Alaska has experienced 10 of the 15 largest earthquakes to occur in U.S. history. Out of these top 15, Alaska earthquakes claim the first 8 positions with Richter scale magnitudes ranked at 8.0 or higher.

Disaster Kit Necessities
Emergency experts recommend that disaster kits include the following:

Richter scale makes connection between quake's energy, damage
For centuries, earthquakes were one of the most feared and least understood phenomena in human existence.

Alaskans live on shaky ground
Every now and then, Kenai Peninsula residents are awakened by the ground shaking. These minor tremors are common and hardly noted.

Important Phone Numbers
The following is a list of numbers for emergency services and resources. All can provide information and assistance with personal or home safety and preparing for disasters.

Indoor Safety Measures
Nearly all emergency response and management agencies publish lists of ways to improve home safety. Items included cover things ranging from earthquake preparedness to how to lessen fire hazards. Below are simple steps that can greatly reduce risks around the home.

Best way to avoid flooding is to live outside flood zone
Throughout Southcentral Alaska, vast amounts of rain and snow can cause flooding.

Peninsula Shelters
Although not all shelters are of comparable size, they all are intended to offer safety and some measure of comfort in an emergency.

In Case of Flood...
The following are other suggestions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Project cushions disaster's blows
It is impossible to prevent disasters such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis, but planning can minimize the losses when they strike.

In Case of Earthquake ...
The American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend the following actions to decrease the risk and amount of damage caused by earthquakes. Great care should be taken in moving things or re-entering buildings following a quake.

School personnel trained to protect kids in disaster
When the unthinkable happens and disaster strikes, parents' thoughts immediately turn to the safety of their children.

Quakes can be followed by deadly waves
Earthquakes may be one of the most feared and destructive forces in Alaska.

Common sense key to safe burning
Each spring, Kenai Peninsula residents go out into their yards and gather up the long winter's rubbish. Many turn to burning to dispose of the dead leaves, grass and branches.

When trouble hits, warnings sound
One of the most precious resources in a disaster is accurate, timely information.

In emergency, good guys wear black hats
Should disaster strike, the people in black hats will be the good guys, there to help.

Pet Kit Necessities
Emergency experts recommend the following supplies be kept on hand for pets in the event of a disaster:

Dog days of winter
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Iditarod Sled Dog Champion Doug Swingley has a simple plan for defending his title this year in the grueling 1,150-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.

Digging the past
--Alan Boraas

Kenai airport looks ahead to changes
Change is in the wind at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Village Fair safety check
The Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition used the fair as an opportunity to debut a new van that General Motors donated to the group's statewide organization for use in teaching parents how to safely transport their children.

Session half over, but legislators still not near solving budget gap
The legislative session may be half over, but the state's fiscal gap remains whole.

Little theater idea grows
Kenai Mayor John Williams' dream of a small theater grew to tremendous proportions at the first meeting on the subject.

House Finance Committee gets earful
JUNEAU -- A budget cut can cost a town its radio station, can cost a woman a life of violence, can cost the state an educated work force.

Around the Peninsula
HEAD:Era Aviation official to speak at Kenai chamber The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon on Wednesday at noon at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. Mike LeNorman of Era Aviation will be the guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public. Support group meeting planned The Tourette Syndrome Support Group will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College in Room 124. Titus to speak at Historical Society meeting The Kasilof Historical Society will meet at Tustumena Elementary School on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A program on historical trails begins at 7 p.m., featuring guest speaker Gary Titus. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Dolly at 262-2439. Peninsula Writer's Night to showcase area talent The Third Annual Central Peninsula Writer's Night will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Refreshments and door prizes are included. Soldotna Historical Society board to meet The Soldotna Historical Society will hold a board of directors meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. at River City Books in Soldotna. The Task Force on the Mission Statement will meet at 9:30 a.m. to finalize its recommendations to the board of directors. The meeting is open to the public. International dinner planned The 20th annual AFS student exchange gourmet dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 at Our Lady of the Angles Catholic Church in Kenai. Tickets are $15 and are available at River City Books in Soldotna, the Kenai Public Library and the Kenai Vision Center. The dinner raises scholarship funds to help Kenai Peninsula high school students study abroad. AFS is the largest and oldest foreign exchange education program in the world with 128 programs in 44 countries. The dinner will feature food from five countries and will be followed by entertainment by the exchange students. For more information, call 283-9336. Watershed Forum to sponsor discussion The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring a round-table discussion entitled "Observation of ATV Impacts to Salmon Streams," on March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the discussion. For more information, call 260-5449.

Gagnon, Morrison plan March wedding Heidi Jo Gagnon and Kevin Charles Morrison have announced their plans to marry March 25.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Roland and Vicki Gagnon of Soldotna. She graduated from Skyview High School in 1999 and currently attends the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Chinooks bit hard by Dogs
The Peninsula Chinooks had an inauspicious start to their best-of-five playoff series against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.

Nikiski girls edge Seward
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team edged the Seward Seahawks 41-35 Saturday in a District 3/3A game in Seward.

Area skijorers do 50 miles in Fairbanks
With all the sled dog teams down in Anchorage for the start of the Iditarod Saturday, skijorers had the trails around Fairbanks all to themselves for the Two Rivers 50-Miler.

Chinooks bit hard by Dogs
The Peninsula Chinooks had an inauspicious start to their best-of-five playoff series against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.

Young pups stretch legs in Junior Iditarod
While the big names in mushing are lining up this morning in Wasilla for the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, their sons and daughters were finishing up the Junior Iditarod a week ago.

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