Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010

Emergency preparedness kit needed

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Liam Teague Wilshusen

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) is urging Alaskans to take three simple steps to prepare for a disaster; get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. An emergency supply kit contains essential items that are needed for an individual or family to survive the first few days after a major disaster. After a disaster, an emergency supply kit gives individuals and families greater flexibility when they decide if they will stay in their homes, evacuate to a shelter, or stay with family or friends.

"With a few simple supplies a family can be self-sufficient for a week. Most of the items are currently in their homes," said Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said. "During a disaster, a well-prepared family will already have an available supply of basic items like food and water. This allows emergency responders and the community to focus on restoring essential services and caring for critically injured people."

Delivering food, water, and other basic items to disaster survivors demands a massive logistic effort. A major natural disaster has the potential to disrupt the infrastructure system that supplies Alaskans with a wide range of goods and services. Alaskans with an emergency supply kit can easily endure the early days of any disaster when the flow of basic items has stopped. Alaskan households should have an emergency supply kit with enough supplies to last at least three days. Due to Alaska's reliance on imported goods, DHS&EM strongly recommends individuals and families prepare to stand alone for seven days. For more information, go to .

An emergency supply kit should include:

* Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

* Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

* Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

* Flashlight and extra batteries

* First aid kit

* Cold weather gear and blankets/sleeping bags

* Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

* Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

* Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

* Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

* An indoor-safe heat source

* Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

DHS&EM's preparedness website contains comprehensive information to help Alaskans prepare for any disaster.


Wilshusens have a son

Jessica Wilshusen and Justin Patton-Wilshusen of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Liam Teague Wilshusen, at 2:56 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at their home. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

He joins siblings, Leif, 3, and Leighton, 1. His grandparents are Daniel and Katherine Piatt, of Kenai, Lance Wilshusen, also of Kenai and Tony and Tina Salazar, of Anchorage. His great-grandparents are Orin and Evelyn Piatt, of Soldotna, William and Patsy Smith, of Oceanview, Hawaii, Larry Wilshusen of Kenai and Juanell Patton, of Homer. His great-great-grandparents are Raymond and Katherine Standridge, of Anchorage.

Community barbecue slated

The City of Kenai will be recognizing Scott Hamann, Jacob Carlson and Jacob Pass for their contribution to the enhancement of the Scenic Bluff Overlook at a picnic and Barbecue to be held Monday at noon at the Scenic Bluff Overlook, behind Louie's, near Kenai Senior Center. The event is open to the public.

Park planning slated

First planning meeting for Municipal Park Playground upgrade will be held Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Kenai City Hall. Call 283-8233 for more information.


Swim lessons offered

The Nikiski Pool Fall Swim lessons begin Oct. 12 through 28 and includes beginners at 1 p.m., Tiny Tots at 2 p.m., beginners at 3 p.m., and beginners and advanced beginners at 4 p.m.

Registration starts Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at the pool. For more information, call Nigel at 776-8800.


Chillas have a new addition

Erica Chilla and Shawn Chilla of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Easton Rawson Chilla, on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 13.4 ounces, and measured 20 inches.

His grandparents are Seth and Joyce Rawson, of Soldotna and Jerry and Jane Chilla of Oregon.


Senior center events announced

Garage sale -- The Sterling Senior Center will have its fall garage sale Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. New and used items can be sold. Call

Glenda Graham at 262-2943 to reserve a table. Indoor table space is available for $25 and outdoor "pickup" spots are available for $15. Tables are limited.

There will also be a bake sale with homemade cakes, cookies, brownies, candies, jams and pies. The Elderberry Caf will be open both days from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve chili, sandwiches and snacks.

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