Flood, earthquake, wildfire – are you prepared for emergencies? Is our community? This is the topic of this week’s Susitna Valley Voice. The program started with a quick update on the springtime flood risk of the local rivers, and then turned to guests Casey Cook and Bea Adler from the Matanuska Susitna Borough Emergency Services Department to talk about personal and community emergency preparedness. Local business owner Jenny Krepel was also in the studio to discuss the local “Gear Up” campaign. Charlie Loeb hosts.
SVV-4-24-13-EmergPrep-1st 20 min First part of program
SVV-4-24-13-EmergPrep-2nd 20 min Middle part of program
SVV-4-24-13-EmergPrep-3rd 20 min Third part of program
Information and links referenced in the program:
Phone for Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services: 373-8823
Phone for Bea Adler, regarding CERT classes: 373-8822
“Gear Up” information and checklists: http://ktna.org/underwriting/are-you-geared-up/
www.firewise.org: National wildfire mitigation site. Articles and advice for home owners
www.matsugov.us: Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s website, schedule of free CERT classes. Breaking news and advice to the public will be posted in the event of a disaster.
Assistant Borough Manager George Hays and Emergency Services Manager Casey Cook will be in attendance at the May 6 Talkeetna Community Council meeting.
“Firewise Weekend” will be May 3-5 in several lower valley locations. Click the link for a flyer with complete information.
Additional online resources:
www.ready.gov: FEMA’s one-stop preparedness sit for families, and business; includes lists of what to put in emergency kits for home, work, and travel.
www.training.fema.gov: Free independent study mini-courses on a variety of topics.
www.disastersafety.org: A new site for the Institute for Home and Business Safety. Advice for emergency planning and hazard mitigation tailored to business needs.
www.citizencorps.gov: A FEMA site, home of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Neighborhood Watch programs. Links to online courses and more, all free of charge.