RCA Consumer Advisory on Emergency Preparedness.

The 7.0 earthquake on Friday, November 30, 2018, is yet another reminder to be prepared for natural disasters at all times.  The Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s Consumer Protection and Information Section recommends reviewing the list below and taking the necessary steps to be more prepared than ever:

·    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.

·    Sign up for Emergency Alerts.  Public safety officials use timely and reliable systems (e.g., Nixle) to provide the public with emergency notifications and life-saving information. 

In the hours or days after a major disaster, utility companies may be backlogged as all resources will be dedicated to addressing emergencies such as gas leaks, water line breaks, and restoring power.

For more information, visit the State's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness website.

Date Issued: 12/5/2018