September is Emergency Preparedness Month Are you prepared?

September is Emergency Preparedness Month Are you prepared?


September is National Emergency Preparedness Month…so here’s the question…are you and your family prepared?


That is the sound of an earthquake that I got off one of the FEMA websites.

Natural disasters tend to be big, powerful, and life changing. Sometimes, unfortunately, disasters take lives. Whether it’s an earthquake, a big storm off the Bering Sea, erosion or even a kitchen fire that leaves you out of the house for a few weeks, now is a good time to think ahead and make plans.

Let’s all work together this week as The LegHead Reports focuses on emergency preparedness to take a few minutes each day and get your family thinking about and gathering up all the items you’d need or want to have on hand should a disaster strike.

Even if all you did was grab a piece of paper and a pen or type a few notes on the computer each time you hear one of the programs this week, you’ll be that much farther along and more mentally prepared for The Big One.

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That snippet comes from but you don’t need to go there as the state’s website includes a lot of great information, including a chart guiding you through assembling your family’s seven-day survival kit.


Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends


Alaska’s Emergency Preparedness Page for Personal and Family Planning  Has all kinds of information. Bookmark it. Read it and get ready!

New 7 Day Supply Kit from Alaska’s Emerg Prep Page.


What would your family do if…

What would your family do if…

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

Are you and your family prepared?

What if you had 20 minutes to get your family out and away from danger? Do you know what you would need to bring? Where to go? What about the kids? Where are they? Are they safe?

State of Alaska Emergency Prep site – This site is the “umbrella site” for everything from family safety to hazardous materials spills.

State’s Page for General Emergency Prep including Prep Activities for Children

7-Day Emergency Preparedness Kit – How to and what to include

Emergency Kit Info in Yupik

NOAA Website on Safety

Ready.Gov is the best site for general Emergency Prep Info

Red Cross Mobile Aps for eveything from dog first aid to earthquakes

Will you take your pet with you when you evacuate?

Of course you’ll take your pet with you.

So, here are some tips for evacuating your favorite furry family members.


The LegHead Report for Wed. Oct. 22, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Taking Your Pets With You

TLHR Tues. Oct 22 Emerg Prep for Pets


 Tips to prepare your pet for a disaster:

Start by imagining the types of disasters that you might encounter. This is the first step toward developing an effective disaster plan.

  • Develop a general family disaster plan. The American Red Cross provides excellent courses for this and has brochures that will help you and your children in developing and exercising your plan. Add specific plans for your pet.
  • Practice evacuation of your family and pets until you can evacuate within a few minutes. Everybody in the family should participate, including your pets.
  • Decide on a place where your family will meet if you get separated.
  • Decide who will take care of your pet and where he or she will stay during a crisis.
  • Determine the best room in the house to leave your pet if you must evacuate without your pet. This will vary with the type of pet you own and the type of disaster.


State Emergency Prep website

Info on pets and disasters–what you should know and do

Disaster Supply Kit for Pets




Governor declares flooded areas disaster

Declaration declared for Eagle, Circle, Galena and Fort Yukon.



Spring Flooding Impacts Multiple Communities

From Governor’s website–printed as posted at

May 31, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today signed a declaration of a disaster emergency after surveying flooding and meeting with Alaskans in Galena. The governor traveled to Galena earlier this week. Governor Parnell considered the flooding that took place in Eagle, Circle, and Fort Yukon in his decision to declare a disaster.

Major General Thomas H. Katkus, commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, traveled with the governor.

“During my visit to Galena this week, I saw firsthand how heartfelt neighbors help each other during and after disasters in Alaska,” Governor Parnell said. “Keeping Alaskans safe and restoring them to their homes remains my top priority. While the full extent of this disaster is unknown, it is apparent that the devastating flooding will require more state assistance for residents to recover. As the flood waters recede in Galena, we stand ready to help other communities affected by spring break-up flooding.”

Excessive snow pack and ice thickness throughout the Interior and eastern Alaska, combined with rapid spring warming has caused ice jams and severe flooding in communities along the Yukon River.

The Native Community of Circle and the City of Fort Yukon have issued declarations of local disaster emergencies.

The State Emergency Operation Center is at Level 3, indicating an event is taking place. Two emergency management specialists remain in Galena to assist with emergency response. The American Red Cross of Alaska and the Tanana Chiefs Conference are supporting those evacuated.

A copy of the declaration

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Aniak video shows breakup ice climbing 50 feet in less than 10 seconds

Looks like a herd of block-shaped aliens chasing up the embankment.

You can see how dangerous the ice is and how nothing can survive in its path.