RCA Consumer Advisory on Emergency Preparedness.

Natural disasters such as yesterday's earthquake may disrupt essential public utilities. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s Consumer Protection and Information Section reminds Alaskans to take necessary steps to prepare for an emergency, especially in the winter.  Here are some safety tips:

·    Build and maintain an Emergency Kit that includes important items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights, and batteries.

·    Make a Family Communication Plan.  The communication plan should address aid for someone with disability, care of children, seniors, and pets.  Include emergency contacts for work, daycare, and school.

·   Secure copies of important documents such as insurance cards, immunization records, and paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition.    

·    Secure alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.  For more information, see Get Tech Ready.

·    Consider purchasing surge protectors for appliances and other equipment.

·    If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult a qualified electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.

For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at DHSEM Earthquake Preparedness Program.

Date Issued: 1/24/2018